I shared with you my favourite exercise, the humble lunge. I still think you can’t beat it but the other trainers at W2W disagree with me and each have their own favourite, so let me highlight theirs. Let’s start with Kirsti, Saints and Tracy, Fernbrook.
1. Kirsti Wells, trainer at Saints, just loves the skipping rope. Another seemlingly humble piece of equipment but so so good for us. Costing less than R100 and something the whole family can use. Skip for a mere 15 – 20 minutes to work off a chocolate bar, which would normally take an 8km run to achieve. Skipping has been shown to strengthen the upper and lower body and burn a lot of calories in a short time. Whilst skipping does put direct stress on your knees, ankles and hips but do it right and it’s a lower impact activity than jogging.
You might need to practice a little, if you haven’t done it since school, but the skipping rope is an excellent all round exercise.
2. Tracy Dennis, trainer at Fernbrook, just loves stations/ circuit training. The variety of exercises using your own body weight and the equipment really pushes Tracy and the group she trains to achieve their goals. As a triathlete, Tracy needs all round body fitness and strength and stations really ensures that she gets it. Stations are usually were we use more equipment, such as TRX bands, medicine balls, kettle bells to ensure every area is activated. There is no area of the body that is let off with one of our station training sessions and Tracy assures me that everyone feels it the next day as they work so hard. What you feel about station training?
Pic: Tracy and Dylan last winter using the TRX bands.