What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise program that helps develop the body by enhancing your core strength. It was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th Century to help wounded soldiers rehabilitate. The exercises emphasize strength, flexibility and bodily awareness.
How can it help me?
Pilates is popular with dancers and athletes but is suitable for anyone, no matter what their fitness level is. It helps you become stronger and leaner, as well as to move with grace. By strengthening your torso and core, Pilates helps you to move more easily and enjoy functional fitness, as well as helps you succeed in other sports.
Zumba is a dance fitness program which incorporates a range of dance styles including salsa, flamenco, hip-hop, mambo, belly dancing and Bollywood among others, and sessions also incorporate squats and lunges. It was created by choreographer Alberto Perez in the 1990s and is now enjoyed by nearly 15 million people around the world.
Will it get me in shape?
Yes, and what’s more, you’ll be having so much fun that you won’t realize what a great, heart-pumping workout you are getting (it is possible to burn up to 1,000 calories). The sessions generally last an hour and include music with fast and slow rhythms, as well as resistance training. There are different levels of Zumba to suit people of all ages and fitness levels and some classes incorporate toning and strength exercises. It is great fun and Body Strength Fitness offers Manhattan’s most energetic classes.
Yoga is a catch-all term for various disciplines that originated in Ancient India. These practices incorporated physical, mental and spiritual elements and played an important part in Hindu philosophy and meditation.
Over 2.000 years ago, many of these yoga practices were collated into a sort of guidebook called the Yoga Sutra that outlined the “eight limbs” of yoga: yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption).
In the west, yoga tends to concentrate on the third limb (asana) a series of classic postures that promote physical strength and stamina and purify the body as well as help you achieve physical fitness and peace of mind.
How can it help me?
Yoga offers many different benefits if you do it regularly. It stretches the limbs and muscles, and stimulates your internal organs. It also clears your mind and increases your body awareness, forcing you to live in the moment and become calm and centered. This means you can focus, make better decisions and even sleep better as the yoga relieves your stress. Some people find that yoga allows them to get more connected with themselves which makes them feel more contented in their everyday lives.
Good question! Well it’s nothing to do with making clothes. Spinning is basically indoor group cycling on a stationary bike so you are not really going anywhere except along the path to reach your fitness goals. Each session is led by a trainer and the bike’s resistance is used to simulate hills and slopes while speed training intervals keep the session engaging. Pumping music and the group atmosphere mean spinning is more fun and productive than cycling on your own in the gym.
How good an exercise is it?
Spinning is great for burning calories and building muscular endurance. And, unlike running, spinning isn’t high impact. There is no undue pressure on joints and yet you can still really get your heart pumping and enjoy an intense workout. If you are really in the zone, a spinning class can burn off around 500-800 calories per class, depending on how hard you push it. So this is great for weight loss. It is also good for body and helps ensure a more slender look, and enjoy greater stamina.
Body sculpting, also known as Core Conditioning is pretty much self explanatory. The aim is muscle toning and there is a focus on developing core strength. Weight bars, exercise bands and dumbbells are used in combination really firm up the body.
How can it help me?
This is a non-aerobic class so it is not really aimed at burning calories but firming up your body and gaining strength. As well as helping improve the way you look, this class can lower your risk of osteoporosis. It is a good class to take if you do a lot of work alone in the gym and want to learn the proper form and avoid injury.
As well as our fun Zumba and Spinning classes, we also offer classes that are aimed at fighting the flab. If you really want to look and feel your best, you should sign up.
Our instructors lead you through some high intensity cardio workouts with dynamic interval training. A blend of aerobics, step and free weights is designed to keep your metabolic rate at a level where you are burning up calories fast. This mean that even when you have left the class, you are still burning off your flab.
One of our most challenging but incredibly effective classes is the Body Strength Conditioning. We combine cardio work with resistance training and slowly increase the intensity between circuits over a range of equipment. This is a full body workout that really burns off the calories and some of that New York stress.
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