OK, so you've spotted we now have three signature workouts: SHOCK, STRENGTH + POWER. All our workouts are guaranteed to get your heart rate up + endorphins pumping, but what sets them apart? Read this blog post to find out more about each workout + how best to structure your training between them.
SHOCK is designed to develop your cardiovascular fitness - in other words, to work your heart + help you catch your breath faster when exercising. Let us explain.
Cardiovascular fitness is all about the efficiency of your heart as a muscle. Just like any other muscle, the heart can be trained + made more efficient. When you improve your cardiovascular fitness, you can reduce blood pressure + increase your exercise tolerance (so you can train harder for longer).
High intensity cardio exercise burns lots of calories + will improve your fitness levels fast. If you come regularly you'll notice a difference in a few weeks; you'll be able to train harder for longer + better regulate your breathing during workouts. Then, try running up the escalators in the tube ... Breezy.
STRENGTH: NO PRIZES FOR GUESSING THIS ONE
STRENGTH is designed to train your muscles in a controlled way using three methods: muscular endurance, hypertrophy + strength training. Hold up - let us explain.
- Muscular endurance is the stamina of your muscles - basically, how long they can perform a certain movement or contraction for without buckling. Developing muscular endurance is key to reducing the aches + pains after workouts (known as DOMS - delayed onset muscle soreness) + be able to train for longer. If you often get tired halfway through a set of exercises, you know it's time to work on your muscular endurance.
- Hypertrophy means an increase in muscle size. Whilst aspiring bodybuilders should train elsewhere, we all appreciate a bit more muscle tone + shape when we look in the mirror.
- Strength training targets the actual power of the muscles to perform certain movements.
STRENGTH uses a combination of all three to improve the overall strength of our bodies.
POWER: JUMP HIGHER, MOVE FASTER + BE LIGHTER ON YOUR FEET (BASICALLY, BE A SUPERHERO)
POWER is designed to train your strength + speed in tandem so you can perform explosive movements. These are exercises that require quick acceleration, movement + bursts of explosive, maximum effort.
Expect to train like an athlete. Plyometric training, or "jump" training requires muscles to exert the maximum effort very quickly. (For example, to get as high as possible when the entire jump may take less than a second - now we're talking power).
You'll also train for overall speed + agility so no muscle is left untouched. As well as training your muscles to contract faster, you'll also get your heart rate up + create an oxygen deficit - so body fat gets melted too.
OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR TRAINING.
If you want to get fitter fast + change your body composition (the ratio of muscle to fat in your body), book SHOCK + STRENGTH workouts. Do at least one SHOCK + one STRENGTH workout per week to notice change.
If you play sport or are training for something like a Tough Mudder, pair one SHOCK + one POWER workout each week. For good results, try to get to more than one a week of each.
If you want to run faster + jump higher, pair STRENGTH + POWER workouts. The more you train, the faster you'll improve.
Of course, switching up your training to keep your body guessing is always a good approach. Do a combination of all three workouts to shed body fat, improve fitness, gain strength + be more powerful. We’ll see you there.