The ELLE Fitness Blog: Post Four

Alice Watt, Fashion Assistant: Kettle Bells, Virgin Active

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It is now two days after my last kettlebells session and I am relatively pain-free- a hugely welcomed improvement on last week. This week’s class incorporated a whole host of new and different exercises as well incorporating the exercise ball and aerobic step. This made it feel like a whole new class and ensured I didn’t get bored. Most importantly however it used and toned all of muscles in the same way as last week so that I left feeling like I had achieved a full body work out.

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During the hour’s one-to-one tuition my trainer focussed on exercises to improve my back’s strength and flexibility and constantly checked and ensured I used the correct posture- something I find very hard it appears! The trainer is there to push you physically but is also vital in making sure you carry out the exercises correctly and safely- without him I probably done a serious injury.

The personal tuition has however proved particularly worthwhile in helping my back. In addition to the trainer’s advice, I am able to ask him questions about any form of exercise and fitness - his knowledge of the body, as well as Chinese medicine is really impressive. After just two sessions at the gym I know and understand more about my back problems than I ever did after months of physiotherapy.

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At the end of this weeks class, and with legs like jelly, the trainer stretched me into various positions and relieved tension through his practice of Chinese medicine- something you wouldn’t get every gym. Painful but amazing at the same, the stretches left me feeling elated- the last thing I expected from a session at the gym! I left feeling content and really rather smug at knowing I’d completely a solid, full body work-out.

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Emma Sells, Fashion and News Editor: Zumba, LA Fitness

Yesterday I returned to Bayswater for my second Zumba session. I’ll be honest, after finding last week’s class a bit humiliating thanks wholly to my lack of coordination, I was dreading it a little bit. But, being the dedicated ELLE staffer that I am, I went anyway.

Once again I tucked myself into the back corner and waited for the salsa to start. After a brief warm up we rattled through a whole host of Latin tunes, jumping, hip-shaking and kicking our way through. Three quarters of an hour flew by.

Having obviously mastered (ish) the steps last week, there were less moments this time around when I felt baffled. And without having to concentrate on what everyone else was doing I could focus on putting some serious energy into the class. The result? By the end of the class I’d worked up a sweat and felt like I’d had a serious work out. And, even better, I‘m looking forward to next week.

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