Yes, it’s a thing. Think spin class but submerged in water from your waist down. Sounds hard? Well I imagine it is but at least once I’ve done it I can take the fitness high ground and say that I’ve given it a go. I’ve never been to a spin class before, and in fact it looks like my version of hell, but I’ll worry about that later. 2015 is the year of doing things outside my comfort zone and so off to Aqua-Spinning I will go (next weekend actually- I’ve booked in to try it out so watch this space for a review).
Ta-ba-what now? Tabata Revolution is a high intensity serious cardio workout. Expect to sweat and sweat a lot. Tabata was first developed by Scientists and Researchers at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo. I’m on a bit of a Japanese obsession at the moment so if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me. The method relies on high intensity interval training (I hear my fat cells crying already!) and I will probably want to be sick at the end… but you don’t get skinny sitting on your backside!
If you want to try it for yourself, you can try Tabata Revolution classes with Hamish Rankine Personal Training at The Scotsman Spa and Health Club in Edinburgh. https://www.facebook.com/hamishpersonaltrainer Tel: 07827884538
Like most little girls, I went through a stage when I wanted to be a Ballerina. The idea was quickly dashed when the other girls in my ballet class poked my thunder thighs and told me I was too fat to be a Ballerina (harsh!). I’ve always admired the grace and posture of Ballerina’s, so this year I think it’s time to dust off my legwarmers and get back into it. Ballet Fit classes are becoming increasingly popular and are more my sort of thing now rather then traditional ballet classes. In 2014, Sweaty Betty ran a Ballet Bootcamp which combined fitness techniques with Ballet moves to sculpt the body and improve posture.
Dance Base runs Ballet classes for all levels. Check out www.dancebase.co.uk
Do the Sweaty Betty Ballet Bootcamp class online here: www.sweatybetty.com/ballet-bootcamp-2014/
Zumba has a mixed reputation with people- you either love it, or mock those who love it for dancing around like a lunatic. I already consider myself to be a bit mad, so Zumba could work for me. I am in no way going to be able to replicate the enthusiasm that those Americans have for it in the promo videos you see on TV, but I’m going to at least try and shake what my Mumma gave me.
Know a good Zumba instructor? Let me know!
This year I want to be a more kick-ass assertive chick. I punch and kick like a girl, but you know what? That’s okay. For me, doing kick boxing is more about the buzz and developing a bit of sporting prowess. Kick boxing is a great workout, so I'm looking forward to giving it a go this year.
Know a good place for Kick boxing classes for girls? Let me know!
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