January 2, 2015

New Workout Trends

If running miles a day is just not for you, there’s a new high intensity workout. It may look like it’s only for fitness fanatics but don’t let that weigh you down, CrossFit is a workout for all.

“It’s all inclusive, it’s all different age groups, different fitness ranges, it’s inclusive for everybody, we’ve got people back here that are stay at home moms, to ER Doctors, to Real Estate Agents, it’s for everybody,” said Nathan Steele, Owner of CrossFit 630.

Exercises at CrossFit include wall balls, burpees and kettleball swings. CrossFit is also a workout that is forever changing.

“When you come in here on the board there’s something different everyday, I ask members to give me an hour, don’t think about anything just give me an hour. I’ll walk you through warm ups, proper movement and strength training,” said Steele.

Keeping track of gains, weights, and times are crucial here at CrossFit, because it helps show people how far they’ve come.

“I’m stronger at almost everything, but what I really like is that I stopped looking at the number on the scale too much and really looked at my strength gains, and when I move better I feel better,” said CrossFit Participant, Jennifer Schubel.

The mindset at this gym is for members to reach their own personal best.

“A lot of times in a sport you’re competing against others for a spot, this is really just competing against yourself and everybody wants you to get better at the same time, so it’s really truly a team sport I would say,” said CrossFit Participant Daryl Wilson.

Much like CrossFit, Pure Barre is a high intensity workout, but the difference is the low impact it has on your body.

“We use the ballet bar for resistance and support but the workout is centered around isometric moves, so small movements and these movements get deep into your muscle set and once the muscles are exhausted we stretch, so that’s where you get long lean muscles,” said Emily Tinkle, Studio Manager at Pure Barre Naperville.

Although some of it may look like it’s too far out of reach, an instructor is always on hand to help you get a better grip on things.

“We say that if you can hold onto the ballet bar, then you can do Pure Barre, it’s for women and men of all ages and all fitness backgrounds, it’s safe for people that are recovering from injuries because it is low impact,” said Tinkle.

Emily recommends that clients come to the one-hour class, three times a week to get a more toned and lean body.

If Pure Barre or Crossfit isn’t what you’re looking for, there’s dozens of other workouts that can get you back on track.


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