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Regardless if you perform a combination of overall fitness training or a single aspect fitness program, it is important to properly design/spread your workouts and to implement rest days into your program. A complete program that combines the following elements is ideal for anyone working to achieve overall fitness.

Integrated Training Programs
A combination of weight training, cardio training, and flexibility training is considered the best style of program to achieve overall fitness because properly combining the different training programs allows for the body to extract the most benefits from all of the separate training styles.

Weight/Resistance training can benefit you by producing strong bone mass and reducing the risk of osteoporosis, strengthening joints, developing toned muscles and alower body fat percentage, developing better body mechanics and proprioception to assist with daily activities, boosting metabolism, and burning calories even after you are done exercising.  Pilates resistance training can dramatically change your body…be careful to schedule classes 2 to 5 times per week for the best results.

Cardiovascular training can benefit you by increasing heart health and heart strength, reducing blood pressure and bad cholesterol, reducing stress and depression, boosting metabolism, decreasing recovery time, and overall muscle toning.  Indoor cycling is a great cardiovascular regimen.  The calorie burn, energy of a class and even the competitiveness with yourself make this a great option 2 to 3 times per week.   Afraid of a cycling class?  Try one for just 30 minutes!Indoor cyclingjpg

Flexibility training can benefit you by improving overall physical performance, decreasing risk of injury, reducing muscle soreness, improving posture, reducing risk of low back pain, and improving coordination.  Pilates on the reformer is a great exercise that adds the benefits of resistance to movements that increase  flexibility.  With a Pilates workout you are getting the best of both worlds in building strength and  flexibility as well.

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Training Opposing Muscle Groups
It is recommended to practice Pilates 2 to 5 times per week. This is the beauty of working with Stott Pilates Instructors….all are trained to work muscle groups according to proven science….no wonder it is called INTELLIGENT EXERCISE!

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