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Les Mills Barre Classes in Bromsgrove
LES MILLS BARRE™ is a modern version of classic balletic training; a 30-minute workout designed to shape and tone postural muscles, build core strength, and allow you to escape the everyday. Incorporating classic ballet positions, with modern music, LES MILLS BARRE is a combination of cardio and strength with high reps of small range-of-motion movements and very light weights.
If you’re seeking a different style of training or a new kind of self-expression, you will love LES MILLS BARRE. Without the traditional barre to support you, the muscles supporting your body’s stability and strength becomes the focus. It may look beautiful, but don’t underestimate the burn.
Give us a call to book your spot
So if you are looking for a Les Mills Barre class in Bromsgrove then look no further, give us a call today and we can book your place in our taster classes. Call Altered Images Gym and Spa on 01527 874395.
If you enjoyed this post you may also like to read our previous post on our new Hot Yoga classes in Bromsgrove.
Join us for our yoga wellness weekend at Altered Images Bromsgrove this 23rd and 24th of February. We have a wide range of taster classes for you to try and all at an introductory price of just £3 ( free to DD members).
Saturday Taster Classes*
09:30 – 10:30 Tai Chi Michelle
10:30 – 11:30 Remedial Pilates Phil
11:30 – 12:30 Hatha Yoga Linda
12:30 – 13:30 Yin Yoga Debs
13:30 – 14:30 Hot Yoga Rachael
14:30 – 15:00 Meditate Relax Rachael
Sunday Taster Classes*
09:15 – 10:20 Ashtanga Yoga Debs
09:30 – 10:30 Hot Yoga Rachael
10:30 – 11:30 Tai Chi Michelle
10:30 – 11:30 Yin Yoga Debs
11:45 – 12:45 Remedial Pilates Phil
11:45 – 12:30 Aqua Yoga Jenny
12:45 – 13:45 Vinyasa Yoga Laura
* Terms apply on booking our taster classes
Hot Yoga is a Yoga class practised in a hot, humid environment. Doing Hot Yoga you will sweat more, which triggers the body’s natural detox response flushing out toxins from your skin. The extra heat will allow you to bend further increasing your flexibility with much less risk of injury. Hot Yoga helps to reduce stress and anxiety and when practised regularly can help improve sleep patterns.
Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise performed as slow focussed positions in harmony with deep breathing. Take part for improved balance, better mental health, reduced joint pain and come out of the class feeling calm, relaxed and wonderful!
Ashtanga Yoga is a more vigorous style of Yoga with postures (asanas) held for 5-breaths alternated with a Sun Salutation to keep up the pace of the class. Ashtanga is practiced as a continuous synchronised flow of breath and movement and is great for core fitness.
Remedial Pilates is an advanced style of Pilates specifically designed for people with chronic mechanical back pain. Exercises are developed and adapted for each individual focussing on problem areas in the lower back.
Book Now to Join Our Wellness Weekend
Booking onto our taster classes is essential as there are limited spaces for our wellness and yoga weekend Bromsgrove so please do give us a call on 01527 874395.
New research from the Les Mills Lab reveals how immersive fitness technology can help you work out harder than you think you are.
If you want to get fitter faster, with less discomfort, then embracing immersive fitness technology could be the way to go.
Thanks to the team at the Les Mills Lab we now know that combining audio-visual effects with a structured workout can be a great way to foster long-term fitness success – news that’s particularly good for those who struggle to maintain a regular exercise regime.
The research, published in the Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise journal, shows how using technology to create an “immersive” fitness experience increases satisfaction and decreases the rate of perceived exertion for new exercisers.
Led by Dr Jinger Gottschall at Penn State University, the study compared exercise intensity, satisfaction and perceived exertion between an audio-only cycle class and Les Mills’ immersive cycling experience THE TRIP™.
THE TRIP combines cinema-quality video with a dynamic soundtrack to create virtual unique audio-visual worlds, giving riders the sensation of ascending steep glaciers, sprinting around digital velodromes, diving underwater and even speeding through ancient Greece. You can get a sense of this amazing experience here:
The study involved newbie exercisers completing eight audio-only cycle classes and eight sessions of THE TRIP. The researchers measured time spent in the two maximum heart rate zones (80-90 percent and 90-100 percent) and measured the rate of perceived exertion, satisfaction and enjoyment immediately after each class.
While the intensity of the workout was consistent across both formats, the rate of perceived exertion was significantly lower for the THE TRIP workout. Basically, the exercisers found the immersive cycling easier – even though it wasn’t. What’s more, they found THE TRIP a more satisfying exercise experience overall.
Bryce Hastings, Les Mills Head of Research, believes the immersive nature of THE TRIP offers the perfect combination of engaging distractions, helping exercisers reach vigorous intensities without the perceived effort.
“THE TRIP is the perfect way to hit heart rate zones and get fitter faster without the discomfort of intensity.” Bryce Hastings
“The convergence of technology, exercise science and creativity creates a workout experience like no other,” says Hastings. “In a 40-minute multi-peak cycling workout you become lost in a journey through digitally-created worlds – it takes your motivation and energy output to the next level and you’ll burn serious calories.”
“There’s no chance of clock watching,” says one rider “I can sustain efforts much longer when I’m chasing an avatar or following a visual cue. All of a sudden, I’m pushing my body to maximum intensity, but barely noticing. And, I want to come back and do it again.”
“I got so lost in the visuals that I had no idea how hard I was working until I saw the pool of sweat below my bike when the lights were turn on – super cool!” Daniel, THE TRIP rider
Forget spending hours excessively exercising, we’ve got more evidence that maximising the time you spend working out won’t fast-track your fitness. It’s quality over quantity that gets results.
Now more than ever in human history there are tons of options for working out. In spite of that, there are now also more obese people, more injured people, more people with poor body images. And the answer we hear most often is that we need to work out more, but is that really the case?
A recent study looked at three groups of individuals doing the same workout, varying the speed of the exercise. For example, one group did a chest press for two seconds on the way down and four seconds on the way back up; another group did 10 seconds on the way down, 10 seconds back up. Every group did their workout to momentary failure. The shorter duration exercisers did more reps than the slower exercisers, but all of them spent approximately the same length of time under load (about 90 seconds).
The researchers found no significant difference in strength gains between the three groups, even though the slowest group was only doing 1.5 reps of each exercise. You read that right: ONE AND A HALF reps at 30 seconds each way.
In another study three groups of experienced lifters were put through the same regular workout, with the only difference being the volume of exercise: one group did a single set, the second did three sets, and the third did five sets. They all used a weight that took them to momentary failure after about 8 to 12 reps. The researchers found that all the participants experienced the same strength gains, even though the single set only took about 17 minutes to finish, and the five sets took about 70 minutes to finish.
If you work out to the point of momentary failure, you will get stronger, regardless of how long you work out.
Both of these studies confirm what we’ve known all along: it’s not quantity, it’s quality.
In both studies, the key was reaching momentary failure; if you get to the point where you experience momentary failure, you will experience strength gains, regardless of the length of the workout.
This is one of the reasons I love Les Mills BODYPUMP. During a BODYPUMP workout each muscle group is given anywhere from three to six minutes of isolated work. Whenever I take the class as a participant, I focus on maintaining perfect technique every rep and I select a weight that takes me to momentary failure by the time the workout for each muscle group is done. That’s been the recipe that I’ve used to get stronger and accomplish my goals.
Keen to learn more about the risks to too much exercise? Read about how to identify the signs of overtraining here.
Alex Hernandez is a North Carolina-based BODYPUMP and LES MILLS GRIT trainer who also teaches BODYCOMBAT, BODYJAM, and BODYBALANCE. He is a proponent of purposeful training to improve movement and performance, embraces the idea of the unsteady state, and as a master trainer for Trigger Point Performance, he regularly shares his expertise in self-myofascial recovery. He is also a mechanical engineer.
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At Altered Images Gym in Bromsgrove we run Les Mills classes as part of our weekly class timetable. Come along and join in with our trainers to reach your fitness goals. To arrange a visit give us a call on 01527 874395 or email us today!
Working out with a fitness trainer is a great way to kick start 2019. Now Christmas is over, some of us will be faced with that familiar urge to embrace a healthier lifestyle this year, and what better way to do that than with the support of an experienced and fully qualified fitness instructor. At Altered Images gym, we have a team of fitness trainers who are ready to dedicate their time to help you reach those all-important health and fitness goals. Our gym in Bromsgrove offers new, innovative and exciting opportunities to keep fit and enjoy yourself whilst doing so. We understand that every individual will have different preferences when it comes to exercise which is why we aim to be as versatile and as flexible as we can with our services – so that we can offer something for everyone.
Our Fitness Trainers at Altered Images
Every fitness trainer who works with us here at Altered Images shares our passion for health and fitness. Our fully trained professionals are incredibly experienced with training people of all sorts of ages and abilities, so you can rest assured they’ll be able to offer you however much support you require to reach your goals.
Meet Laura Caswell – one of our fitness trainers
One of our top fitness instructors is Laura Caswell, a fitness enthusiast who decided to turn her passions and hobbies into a lifelong career. Laura has always been into fitness but after having children she took some time off from her own gym routine. In 2014 she was getting married, so Laura began focusing on health and fitness again and realised she’d forgotten how much she missed training. She decided then that she didn’t just want to do it as a hobby, but as a career too. Since completing her fitness instructor qualifications, Laura hasn’t looked back and we are proud to have her as part of the team at Altered Images gym. Laura loves helping people reach their goals and runs a series of different fitness classes to help people achieve this.
Exercise Classes in Bromsgrove
We have over fifty different exercise classes in Bromsgrove which are run by our fitness instructors. Laura runs Kettlebell-Fit, Cardio Pump, Metafit, Boxercise and Aqua classes, and she’ll happily guide you through at your own pace until you feel comfortable and confident in what you are doing. Whether you’ve had experience in the health and fitness world before, or you’re just starting out, all of our fitness classes are created for everyone to enjoy, so you can be sure to fit right in.
Contact Altered Images today
If you are interested in kickstarting your year with new health and fitness plans, then contact Altered Images gym today. Head to our website for more information on our fitness classes services, or call 01527 874395 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.
If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Body Balance Classes.
If you are living in Bromsgrove Tai Chi is a great way to kick start a healthy 2019. Lots of us make New Years’ resolutions that involve a healthier lifestyle and exercise classes near you in Bromsgrove could be the key to seeing these resolutions take shape throughout the year. Here at Altered Images gym, since being established in 2014 we have been on the lookout for new and innovative ways to adapt and maintain a good fitness regime. People of all ages want to stay fit so we want our facilities to welcome anyone who wishes to exercise – regardless of their age, ability, and experience. We want to support every individual who comes to us with a fitness goal which is why we have worked hard to establish a wide range of fitness classes that appeal to individuals from various fitness backgrounds.
Tai Chi in Bromsgrove
Our Bromsgrove Tai Chi class welcomes people from all walks of life to learn and engage in the ancient martial art. Tai Chi was originally developed as a martial art in the 13th Century China, however, it is now practised as a health-promoting exercise all over the world. Tai Chi combines relaxation and deep breathing with flowing yet controlled movements. It can improve the mental and physical wellbeing for everyone but in particular, has been proven to reduce stress, improve posture, and increase muscle strength for people over the age of 65. Our Tai Chi classes in Bromsgrove can be adapted to suit anyone’s needs and are taught by a fully trained professional who will offer you any support you need to achieve your goals.
Learning Tai Chi
In order to make sure you reap the full benefits that Tai Chi can offer you, a highly experienced Tai Chi teacher runs the classes here at Altered Images. Michelle Baker has been practising Tai Chi since January 2000 so with nearly two decades of experience, she can teach it to classes of many mixed abilities. Michelle will always adapt any moves necessary to ensure everyone can take part in it and enjoy themselves too. Michelle describes Tai Chi as ‘calming, relaxing and at the same time energising and revitalising’ – she wants as many people as possible to reap the benefits that Tai Chi can provide for your body and your mind. By attending exercise classes such as Tai Chi, you can learn a new form of exercise at your own pace and with the support of a dedicated expert. We’ll ensure the environment you practice in is a calm, welcoming and friendly one that enhances your motivation and keeps you aspiring to reach your goals.
Find out more!
To contact Michelle for more information about her classes, you can visit her Facebook Page at: Michelle@taichiwithmichelle or her Twitter account at: Michelle@chi_with
If you would like to find out more information about Bromsgrove Tai Chi or other fitness classes, head to our website today. Alternatively, you can call 01527 874395 to speak to a member of our team.
If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Dance Workouts.
Body Balance classes are one of the many different exercise classes that we are proud to offer here at Altered Images gym in Bromsgrove. Established in 2014, our gym is dedicated to providing health and fitness services to support all members of the community. We are focused on promoting and supporting the principles of staying fit and healthy, and are always looking for new ways for you to achieve this. Our aim is to offer a quality sports and leisure service that those of all ages and abilities can take advantage of – and at extremely affordable prices.
The importance of exercise – beyond the physical benefits
As most of us will know, exercise is important for physical health. Ensuring you stay fit throughout all the stages of your life has been proven to increase your lifespan and reduce the amount of health problems that can occur as you get older. Exercising regularly keeps your heart and other muscles in good shape and helps to keep you at a healthy weight. However, in addition to the physical benefits that a workout can give your body, it has also been shown to improve mental health too. Exercising helps to release endorphins – sometimes known as ‘feel-good’ hormones – which reduce the perception of pain and trigger feelings of happiness and euphoria. This is especially beneficial for those who are suffering from anxiety, depression or confidence issues as regular exercise has been proven to improve your mood, reduce fatigue and increase your energy levels.
Exercise classes at Altered Images
Our gym focuses on getting everyone from all walks of life active, healthy and enjoying fitness. We strive to create a positive, relaxing and friendly environment that you can exercise in, with a team that are supportive and approachable. In order to make sure we appeal to everyone, we work with a wide variety of fitness professionals who help us to offer services and facilities that are tailored to an all-manner of ages and abilities. Our exercise classes in Bromsgrove are a great way to socialise and build confidence whilst being trained by a professional. From yoga, pilates, and circuits, to spinning, Kettlercise and high impact training, with over fifty classes to choose from you can be sure to find something that you’ll enjoy.
Body Balance Classes Bromsgrove
Body Balance classes are one of our other exercise classes offered at Altered Images. Ideal for people of all ages, BODYBALANCE ™ is a yoga-based class that is designed to improve and enhance both your mental and physical health. During the class, you’ll be taken through a series of simple yoga poses, incorporating Tai Chi and Pilates too. Instructors will guide you through the breathing control and body strengthening methods, while a calming soundtrack is played in the background. The class aims to reduce stress levels and improve mental well-being.
If you would like to find out more information about Body Balance classes in Bromsgrove at Altered Images, then head to our website today. Alternatively, you can call 01527 874395 to speak to a member of our team.
If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Dance Workouts.
If you are looking for a fitness instructor in Bromsgrove then look no further than Altered Images gym. Our gym in Bromsgrove is dedicated to getting people of all ages and abilities to share our passion for health and fitness. We’ve got all sorts of trained professionals on-board with our team to teach you new, innovative and exciting ways to keep fit and healthy. We encourage everyone to enjoy keeping fit but we understand that everyone enjoys exercise in different ways. While some like to head straight into the fitness suite to complete their workout solo, others enjoy the social aspects of exercising with fellow members and an instructor; which is why we also have a wide range of fitness classes to offer you – all of which are ran by fully trained fitness instructors.
Fitness classes at Altered Images Gym Bromsgrove
We have over fifty different fitness classes to offer our members. There is plenty of variation to choose from, including Body Balance, Kettlercise and Circuits, which means that no matter what your interests and abilities are – you’ll be able to find something for you. Whether you’ve done that type of exercise before or you are trying it for the first time, our classes welcome everyone and you’ll fit right in with our friendly fitness instructors and fellow classmates.
Fitness Instructors in Bromsgrove
We are proud to work with some of the best fitness instructors in Bromsgrove. All of our instructors are highly experienced and are incredibly passionate about what they do. They are there to guide you through the fitness classes and support you in achieving your goals.
Instructor of the Week – Jenny King
Our Instructor of the Week this week is Jenny King, who has worked in the fitness industry for fifteen years. Jenny has always been incredibly passionate about fitness – which first started off as her hobby. As her passion for keeping fit grew, Jenny decided to pursue a career in it and now proudly teaches Body Balance, Pilates and Yoga here at Altered Images. She enjoys the fusion of the mind, body, breath and music, and will gently guide you through all of the classes she teaches that are aimed to enhance both the physical health, and mental well-being. Speaking about her enjoyment of the classes she said “I enjoy seeing the results and improvement in my participant’s fitness and confidence.” Her classes are aimed at those who are looking to de-stress from day-to-day life, tone up their bodies, and become more flexible.
Contact us today
Jenny’s Body Balance class is on every Wednesday at 10:30am. If you would like to find out about any other classes which are taught by our friendly and supportive Bromsgrove fitness instructors, head to our website today. Alternatively, you can call 01527 874395 to speak to a member of our team.
If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Water Exercise.
Forget growing old gracefully. New research suggests that you can party your way to good brain health – and that pulling out your freshest dance moves could be the secret to defying time.
For many years scientists thought that once the brain was fully formed and at capacity that was it, from then on it slowly degenerated. “It was widely believed that, over the course of your life you lost brain cells, called neurons, and there wasn’t much you could do about it,” says Bryce Hastings, Les Mills Head of Research. “Now we know that’s not the case. Modern research shows that throughout your life the brain has the ability to adapt and regenerate – all it needs is the right environment.”
It seems that a dance workout could be the perfect setting.
“Getting your groove on is not just great for fitness, it’s great for your brain health too,” says Hastings. “For most of us dancing is both physically and mentally challenging. It combines the processing, coordination and execution of unique movements and requires a lot of genuine concentration.”
The latest research backs this up, demonstrating how dance can increase the number of cells in the brain’s hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for long and short term memory as well as spatial navigation. It’s also the area of the brain that is most susceptible to decline as we age – so we need to look after it!
The study involved 52 exercising seniors. Over 18 months neuroscientists compared the effects of two different types of physical activity – dance and sports training – on hippocampal plasticity and balance. Half of the study participants participated in dance and half did a combination of strength, endurance and flexibility training. Both groups did two 90-minute sessions a week for six months, followed by just one 90-minute session a week for another 12 months.
After the 18 months of regular exercise both groups saw an increase the hippocampus. But it was the dancers who also benefited from improvements in the right part of the hippocampus, an area called the subiculum, that is responsible for balance.
The study also highlighted how mixing up the music genres and choreography is beneficial, providing proof that regular changes in dance routine can make dance superior to repetitive physical activities such as walking or cycling.
This is clearly good news for dance lovers, and the perfect encouragement for anyone who isn’t a regular groover. “Even though we might find dance physically challenging, spending time dancing will pay off down the track,” says Hastings. “If you actively look to increase the amount of cells in the hippocampus it can potentially lower the risk of suffering from terrible conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s in old age.”
Now’s the time to start dancing
Nina Dobrev’s brand new Reebok x Les Mills BODYJAM dance workout is out now! It’s packed with music and moves you’ll love and you can access it for free anytime, anywhere.
DANCE #LIKENINA NOW
Keen for something different? Try LES MILLS DANCE
Gandalf Archer Mills, the international dancer and choreographer behind BODYJAM, has expertly crafted four dance routines you can learn and do anytime, anywhere and with anyone. Gandalf breaks down each routine into easy steps that you can learn and master. Check them out here.
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At Altered Images Bromsgrove our gym and spa is a place for all ages and abilities. We have a great timetable full of exercise classes for you to enjoy a healthy and happy lifestyle. Call us to arrange your trial day on 01527 874395!