STRENGTH IN NUMBERS (GROUP CLASSES TO GET YOU MOTIVATED)

Monday 22 February 2016

Your phone buzzes to life at 6am – time for that run you’ve been planning. You know, the one you postponed yesterday… and the day before.

We get it – crawling out of bed for a solo sweat session can be tough.

So if you’re in need of a little extra motivation, come join the team at UQ Sport and try one of our group fitness workouts!

They’re guaranteed to get you genuinely excited about exercising, and most importantly, help you reach your fitness goals!

Here are some of our favourites that are sure to get you moving…

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

High Intensity Interval Training may sound like an activity best left to the pros, but it’s really a killer fat-loss workout suitable for all types, no matter your fitness level.

HIIT combines short bursts of effort where the body is pushed hard, followed immediately by periods of extended rest – it’s done to boost metabolism and decrease body fat.

And that’s just the start of the benefits.

HIIT sessions kick your body’s repair cycle into ‘hyperdrive’, meaning you’ll burn more calories in the 24-hours after a workout than you would having gone on a steady-paced jog.

Yes, you read that correctly – more calories burnt after you’ve finished working out!

You’ll also enjoy a significant increase to your metabolism. This is all due to the fact HIIT stimulates production of your human growth hormone (HGH) by up to 450% during the 24-hours after you’ve finished your workout.

Still not convinced? The American College of Sports Medicine has found HIIT improves both aerobic and anaerobic fitness, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity (which helps the exercising muscles more readily use glucose for fuel and make energy), cholesterol profiles, and more!

LISSC (Low Intensity Steady State Cardio)

Similar to HIIT, but certainly not as intense (you’ll be working at about 65% of your maximum), LISSC is ideal if you’re looking to shed a few kilos!

A more functional form of training, LISSC jumps between cardio conditioning, resistance training and active recovery, enabling the body to utilise fat as its primary energy source and build aerobic fitness.

And best of all, LISSC plays a major role in strengthening your heart muscles – helping reduce your risk of heart disease and cardiovascular disease.

Bands

If toning your butt, legs and back is high on your to-do list, then Bands is the class for you!

An intense, low-impact and fast-paced exercise, Bands relies on resistance tubes and body weight exercises to work you over from head to toe.

Using a band requires coordination and balance, so you end up utilising more muscle groups to stabilise your body.

And with this class, you’ll quickly notice significant improvements to your stamina, flexibility and range of motion!

If you’re looking to meet your fitness goals or just for a little extra motivation, stop procrastinating and come work out with us! You won't be able to wait for your next class!

Jamie Mitchell

Jamie is UQ Sport's PR and Comms Specialist. He's a sportaholic with an unhealthy amount of jerseys in his wardrobe. You'll find Jamie playing social sport most afternoons, or gritting his teeth in the gym trying to lift weights.