As our newest group exercise class Blaze is being introduced at a number of David Lloyd Clubs across the country, we’ve put together a Q+A to answer the most commonly asked questions about this exciting new way to workout.
To get the real answers, we spoke to four very different members:
Danny: a Blaze instructor at David Lloyd Farnham.
Hayley: a Blaze instructor at David Lloyd Woking.
Grace: a long-term David Lloyd member who has been attending Blaze classes regularly for over a year.
George: a new starter who recently tried his very first Blaze class.
Here’s what they had to say:
What is Blaze?
‘Blaze is a high intensity workout designed to take you on a journey through different heart rate zones to challenge your personal fitness levels to the max.
It is a unique, immersive experience that takes the three main components of training – cardio, strength and combat – and brings them all together. The factual element of Myzone and the boutique studio feel is what I would say makes it stand out miles above the rest.’
Danny (the instructor)
What is Myzone and what are its benefits in a Blaze class?
‘Myzone is a heart rate training monitor that levels the playing field in any class situation. The format of the class gives the members target heart-rate zones that allows them to work to their own ability.’
‘Seeing your Myzone stats means that you are able to see how hard you are working throughout the class: you know when and where to push yourself to achieve your 9 – 18 minutes in the red zone. It’s also really rewarding to see how many calories you are burning and MEPs (Myzone Effort Points) you are getting as you do the class.’
Grace (the regular)
Can anyone take a Blaze class?
‘Yes, the class structure is designed to allow members to work to his/her own ability. The trainers themselves are trained to a high standard which allows them to offer members progression and regression of certain exercises during the class.’
‘Despite some initial reservations that Blaze is only for the uber fit, anyone can take part! We ask you to arrive 15 minutes before your first session, so we can teach you the ropes and give you an idea of what’s in store as well as setting you up with a Myzone belt to borrow for your first workout. During the class the instructor will suggest the workout zones you should be aiming to hit during each workout zone but ultimately, it’s your body, your workout and your fitness levels that you’ll be improving.’
Hayley (the instructor)
How does the format of the class make for a good workout?
‘The three stations allow for a near full body work out, hitting the big muscle groups and improving cardio fitness, with the chance to unleash your inner Conor McGregor!’
‘The pace of the class is very quick as it is three minutes per station (for a 45 minute class) or four minutes per station (for a 55 minute class) – you are either working or moving to the next station and the variation means that you are never bored. The exercises in different Blaze classes also vary, which means you get a different workout each time you go.’
How does Blaze affect your body?
‘Blaze will not only increase your fitness levels cardio-wise but will also improve strength and conditioning through your muscles in your body. We ask participants to achieve the recommended 9-18 minutes in the red zone. This allows for the EPOC effect otherwise known as the ‘after-burn’ where the body is burning an increased number of calories for up to 72 hours post workout whilst recovering and replenishing glycogen stores that have been used up.’
What kind of workout can you expect?
‘A challenging workout where participants are working THEIR body to THEIR maximum effort potential throughout. Everyone is made to feel welcome in Blaze and will leave feeling proud of themselves that they have worked hard. We are not asking for participants to be in the red zone for the whole workout- we are looking for a rainbow of colours on the screen throughout the workout as you move through each different zone- cardio- strength and combat.’
How does Blaze compare to other exercise classes?
‘Blaze is the best exercise class that I have done. The things that differentiate it for me are the music (synced in time with the different zones and lighting, also really upbeat & motivating), along with the variation in exercise and the constant encouragement from the amazing instructors.’
How was your first Blaze experience?
‘I usually don’t go to exercise classes, but this was great! I have never done any exercise wearing a Myzone, so I was surprised when I put it on and my stats popped up on the screen. There were three stages which were equally challenging and worked different areas of the body, but the instructor made sure to correct my form so that I was doing it properly. By the end I was knackered but also really pleased with my effort level.’
George (the beginner)
How did you feel after your first class?
‘Fantastic! The three stages gave me a good full body workout and I used muscles that I didn’t even know were there. At the end, the results of the class were displayed on screen and I was chuffed that I managed to stay in the “red zone” for longer than I expected. It was a nice way to round off a class and meant I could actually measure the effectiveness of my workout. The instructors were also really encouraging and gave me a personal debrief of my results which was useful.’
Were there any worries you had about the class before you tried it that proved unfounded?
‘Before I did my first Blaze class, I was worried that the instructors would be brutal, and it would be a military style boot camp workout. in fact, the instructors are motivating, helpful and push you when you need it, which definitely helps you to achieve your best.’
‘I expected the class to be a competition against the other members in the class, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I quickly found out that the only competition was with myself as the heart monitor I was given displayed my stats on a screen and let me know when I dropped the intensity.’
How would you describe Blaze in three words?
‘Never, ever, boring!’
‘Energising, fun, rewarding.’
‘Immersive, motivational, fulfilling.’
‘Challenging, motivating, fun.’