‘Hard’ vs ‘Easy’ Instructors And Group Fitness Classes At Powerhouse Fitness
May 2, 2012
Two years ago when I created Powerhouse Fitness in Long Beach it was my dream to offer a complete low impact high-calorie burn workout for everyone to enjoy no matter what experience an individual had in athletics. Recently I have had many new calls and emails regarding how ‘easy’ or ‘hard’ certain Powerhouse Fitness Classes were and what kinds of classes I thought would be best for people just starting out their new workout routine. Throughout my 20 years of experience as an athlete and rower I have found that nearly half of the general public I come in contact with and talk about my sport think that rowing is relatively ‘easy’ and discuss the perception that rowing is a total upper body workout. However, in reality, the power behind the rowing stroke is driven through your legs (about %80) and then the rest throughout the entire body. Rowing is actually one of the hardest, if not the hardest cardiovascular demanding sport that you can do on the planet. For instance, the standard Olympic distance for a rowing race is 2,000 meters (just over a mile). The standard U.S. Men’s Heavyweight Olympic Team time for rowing a 2,000 meter piece on the Concept 2 rowing machine is around 5 min :55 seconds (1:28 500 split avg or around 500 watts)! Out of all the Powerhouse Fitness Classes we have to offer such as Rowing, Bootcamp, Zumba, Evo Indoor Cycling, TRX Suspension Training, Pilates Arc Ab Exercises and the Ski Erg Training along with any other activity that you choose to do is as hard as you want to make it. es,Since you are the one that is participating in the activity it is also up to yourself to push as hard as you want. I always tell everyone in class at Powerhouse Fitness that if you can hold your body-weight in watts on the Concept 2 monitor then that is a great goal. Once you have hit your body-weight in watts you can then try and double your body-weight and so on. It’s also important to know that when you start to come to class more often and continue your workout routine that you try to challenge yourself and push a little bit harder each time. Certain things like using heavier weights during workouts and pushing the legs down faster to create the highest watts possible can send your body into a high calorie fat burning machine. The various Powerhouse Fitness Instructors can guide you through a ‘hard’ or ‘easy’ workout and always know that you have a choice to push yourself more or less depending on how you feel that day. Listen to your body and if you are relatively uncomfortable that is a normal feeling while working out. Certain signs of this ‘uncomfortable feeling’ include shortness of breath, high heart-rate or heart pounding, and muscle aches just to name a few. In other words you can always revert back to the old saying “No pain … no gain!” An Olympian like my father, John Nunn, knows this is totally true when it comes to preforming at their best in any practice, workout, and or competition. The muscles can take it but make sure to watch out for sharp pains in the joints and or muscles. Water is absolutely necessary and needs to be utilized before, during, and after any workout routine you put yourself through. Make sure that if you are relatively new to any kind of exercise it is always safe to start off slow and make sure to ease into a structured workout routine. I try and tell everyone that fitness is a way of life. Exercise needs to be a priority in order to better your chances at living a long and healthy life. Exercise needs to start being perceived as a absolute life necessity just like sleep, food, and water that we need everyday to survive. In life you really only get one body, one chance at living, why not make the absolute best of it and maximize your time here to the fullest and be the best you can possible be? With the use of newer technologies and machines that do the work for us ultimately leads us to an abundance of lack of exercise and obesity that is ultimately driving our country in the “hole” of growing diseases and high mortality rates. The general public are not aware of the significant damage that they are doing to their bodies until it’s too late. Diabetes’s and heart disease are rampant and if people just had an hour a day to do something active this mortality rate would gradually decline. There is a great quote by Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby (1826-93), British statesman. The Conduct of Life, address at Liverpool College, 20 Dec 1873. He states: “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
Although it can be hard to find the motivation to just begin exercising, try smaller steps and positive motivational techniques in order to make you achieve small goals sooner. While rowing throughout college at UC Berkeley and on the U.S. National Team from 2001-2005 I always wrote down my goals on a piece of paper I could see everyday on the wall and made sure I would always strive to accomplish my goals anyway I could no matter what. I knew that creating and accomplishing personal goals whether in life and or sports was going to be a huge process and journey. Growing up my father, John Nunn, always reiterated and preached that the “Journey was the reward!” Make sure to take one step at a time and be as patient as possible when creating your own journey and accomplishing your own personal goals. Start small like walking right after dinner. Small activities can help you to stimulate blood circulation and help to digest your dinner while re-energizing in order to give yourself plenty of energy. After staying active for awhile and getting into a rhythm during the week notice that if you don’t move after dinner, you will begin to feel sluggish and tired? That’s because all your blood is pumping to your stomach to help your food digest, but moving around will help do the same task and your body will thank you in the long run. Try to focus on how great you will feel after you start you workout. Almost every time I always feel better no matter what after the first 10-15 minutes of working out. If you are dreading your workout, promise yourself you will do ten minutes. If you still feel sluggish and and exhausted after then ten minutes and you feel like it’s too much make sure to stop working out. However, chances are that once you begin your workout the endorphins in your body will be released making you feel great and you won’t want to stop. Bodies in motion…stay in motion Bodies at rest…stay at rest :/ In my opinion, nearly eighty percent of success to anything in life accounts for actually showing up to your workouts, tasks at hand, and working on accomplishing your fitness and nutrition goals day in and day out…the other twenty percent is just talking about it. It’s never too late at any age to stand up and start moving. Take control of your life and live it to the fullest
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