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By Iain Hennessy

So it is with trepidation that I accept the invitation of Les Mills Asia Pacific to join the tribe and undergo module training for their HIIT GRIT Series.

Moving away from the typical choreographed group exercise model GRIT offers a 30-minute, high-intensity interval workout in a small team forum.

Sleep experts advise those training at high intensities to sleep at least 10 hours a night in order for the body to properly recover. The average adult is recommended between seven and nine hours shut eye, however many are barely achieving six. For athletes, sleep is an incredibly important part of recovery, the body needs time to repair the muscle tissue used during exercise. When the required rest periods are not obtained there is an increase to the risk of injury and muscle fatigue, and even over-training.

We may think that festive season is over now that Christmas and New Years have come and gone for another year, but we still have months of warm weather, daylight savings, parties and celebrations which are all a catalyst for alcohol, and lots of it.  

Now don’t hate us yet, we aren’t saying swear off the sauce. Studies have shown alcohol in moderation is ok and some say it can even ward off some nasties such as heart disease, but have you thought about how alcohol consumption is affecting your training?

Alcohol stalls Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

If you were asked what is your fitness goal what would your answer be like? Would you say “I want to be able to complete 50 concurrent pushups in a row” or would you say “I want to get fit?” Those of us whose goals are a little more ambiguous, for example “get fit”, will still no doubt achieve results, but those whose goals are SMAR​T will have an extraordinary advantage.

So you have found yourself attending BODYPUMP® classes at your local gym a couple of times a week for a while now. You probably know the order of the tracks, have your weight allocations sorted and are hitting each rep on the beat but how do you really know if you are a true BODYPUMPer? Well if you answer ‘Yes’ to more than five of these you might have your answer.

If BodyPump were a rock group, it would be the Rolling Stones.” - Nick Galvin, Sydney Morning Herald

Having the right information on nutrition and exercise is essential. However, being able to embrace it into your lifestyle may still be mentally challenging. Developing tools to help shape the way you view your health, and your goals, is the first step to building a mind strong enough to overcome any obstacle or temptation.

Today’s society is addicted to instant gratification. This desire to indulge in short-term pleasures is so strong that many are sacrificing their long-term health, and personal goals, to satisfy it.

We can’t believe it, 2016 is already here!! The start of a new year is usually a time for people to make New Year Resolutions. Whether it be to lose weight, be more patient or quit smoking, most resolutions fall by the way side by Valentines Day. This year, instead of setting New Years resolutions try setting goals instead.

Did you know only 8% of people will achieve a New Year’s Resolution? – Forbes Magazine

Why choose a goal instead?

We received a question on facebook from Lisa, about something she has noticed at her club. Nathan and Matt provide Lisa with some helpful information to take back to her participants. 

 

Hi Les Mills

By Leigh Sherry

One of the most frequently posed questions I hear weekly is “how many times a week should I be doing this?” Obviously, part of our job should be to educate our clients in how to attain their goals. It is also very clear that the guidelines or the “HOW, WHAT and WHEN to exercise” has not been readily available to the general population.