We all know physical activity and keeping fit is good for us but not everyone wants to run on a treadmill or pump iron in the weights section of the gym. Group fitness classes are a great way to keep fit and active in a friendly and social environment.
Each session is led by a qualified and expert instructor who will talk you through each movement or track. They ensure the energy in the class is positive and that people are pushed and motivated throughout. What’s more, it can be very inspiring to be in a class with other similar and like-minded people who are not only pushing themselves and working hard but also encouraging and supporting their fellow class participants.
1Life has a fantastic range of group fitness and exercise classes that the whole family will love and that suit all ages, all abilities and fitness levels.
Les Mills Classes
If you’re looking for a high energy, high octane experience then you can’t go too wrong with any of the Les Mills classes. Les Mills is a global powerhouse when it comes to creating group exercise classes that not only deliver results you can see and feel but leave you wanting more and coming back week after week. Les Mills has more than 20 different classes to choose from including a martial arts-based class - BodyCombat, athletic and conditioning classes such as BodyAttack and BodyStep, through to the original barbell workout BodyPump and HIIT classes such as the GRIT Series.
If two wheels and a saddle is more your thing then 1Life has a range of fantastic indoor cycling classes on its group exercise programme. These classes include a good mix of hill climbing and speed work and ensure you leave feeling satisfied you’ve had a great workout.
Some 1Life centres also offer the new Les Mills SPRINT programme, which is a new HIIT workout based on the sport of cycle sprinting and high performance, giving participants a short, sharp work out. Short bursts of intensity followed by short periods of active recovery will push participants harder than other cycle programmes. The 30 minute class incorporates high intensity interval training techniques (HIIT) and is a fast and high energy workout.
For all the free spirits and disco divas out there, you might like the range of dance classes 1Life offers. Again, many of these classes are created by Les Mills and you can enjoy the likes of Sh’Bam, a fun-loving, insanely addictive dance workout. Sh’Bam promises an ego-free zone and no dance experience required. All you need is a playful attitude and a smile - even if you walk in thinking you can’t, you’ll walk out of the class knowing you can! For the more experienced dancers, BodyJam is the ultimate combination of music and dance.
If you’re a lover of the water, then we have that covered too! 1Life has a range of water-based classes, which are suitable for everyone from expectant mums to older people. Exercising during pregnancy can really benefit mums and their babies. Aqua Natal classes are purposely designed to give expectant mums a gentle workout without putting strain on the baby. Water-based classes are also perfect for older people as they are low Impact and kind to your joints.
Not everyone wants to run around or work out with weights and we understand that, which is why 1Life offers a great range of group exercise classes which give your mind a work out and help you relax and de-stress.
Yoga combines spiritual, mental, and physical activity in a range of stretches and different positions. Yoga classes enhance your physical and mental state bringing your body and mind together. Yoga is a safe holistic experience that increases physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. Programmes are designed to improve posture and enhance your breathing technique. Regular yoga can be beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, depression and stress.
If you’re looking to take it up a notch you can look at doing Pilates. It uses a series of low repetition, low impact stretching and conditioning exercises, Pilates will improve your posture and build your core strength (back, abdominal and pelvic muscles). Pilates is great for anybody who is looking to sleep better and learn to relax and beat stress. Also suitable if you are looking to improve balance, co-ordination and strength (without adding bulk!). Starting with a gentle stretching warm up, you will move on to mat exercises. These may look difficult but each move is precision based, concentrating on controlled breathing and movement flow.
Why not try a different group fitness class each week and find out which one you like the most? Remember, if you’re new to exercise and physical activity, start slowly and don’t push yourself too hard, too soon. Build up your attendance within the gym and group exercise classes and try to mix up your workouts to include a mix of strength, cardio and flexibility training.
Good luck and enjoy your group exercise class!