When it comes to exercise, there are a number of different types of training that work the body in diverse ways to keep you physically fit and healthy. Training can generally be broken down into flexibility, strength, aerobic and circuit. Specific goals, personal preference, and health and lifestyle requirements will influence the type of training you choose to do. For example, an elderly person looking to maintain good bone strength, stay mobile, and prevent falls and breaks, would incorporate both strength and flexibility training into their routine; while a youngster aiming to run a half-marathon might combine circuit and aerobic training to build fitness and endurance.
Group exercise classes often concentrate on one or two different forms of training and are a great way to focus your exercise and achieve your goals as you work under the guidance of a qualified expert.
Discover which classes at David Lloyd Clubs are best for each type of training:
Flexibility training is one of the most important types of fitness training as it provides a foundation for all other exercise types. Stretching reduces your risk of injury, improves your flexibility and range of motion, and serves as a solid warm-up for more energetic exercise. Flexibility exercises are also an excellent way to improve your posture and breathing, helping to improve balance and reduce stress.
Flexibility focused classes at David Lloyd Clubs:
Yoga – These classes include physical postures or ‘asanas’, breathing techniques and meditation. Not only will they increase your flexibility but boost your immune system and encourage relaxation.
Pilates – This is a gentle but highly effective exercise class that will improve posture and flexibility while helping to prevent injury. Movements are slow and measured to create lean and strong muscles.
BODYBALANCE™ – A yoga-based class that will improve your mind, your body and your life. You’ll bend and stretch through a series of simple yoga moves that embrace elements of Tai Chi and Pilates.
Tai Chi – An ancient Chinese martial arts form of meditation with a constant flow of energy and movement. These classes combine mental concentration, slow breathing and dance-like movements.
PiYo – An innovative bodyweight workout that is inspired by the muscle sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates and the strength and flexibility of flowing yoga movements. You’ll build strength, burn calories and improve flexibility.
Simply Stretch – Designed to simply lengthen the body, these classes will increase flexibility and mobility.
Strengthening your muscles not only makes you stronger, but also stimulates bone growth, lowers blood sugar, assists with weight control, improves balance and posture, and reduces stress and pain in the lower back and joints.
Strength focused classes at David Lloyd Clubs:
BODYPUMP™ – Using light to moderate weights with lots of repetition, BODYPUMP™ gives you a total body workout while burning loads of calories.
Legs, Bums and Tums – Targeting the legs, bum and abdominals, this workout incorporates the use of hand weights, bars, bands and other equipment.
Core Stability – These classes specifically target the abdominals, pelvis, lower back and diaphragm, using body-weight, weights and other equipment.
Body Combat – This is a high-energy martial arts-inspired workout that is totally non-contact. Punch and kick your way to fitness and you could burn up to 740 calories in a class.
Aerobic training strengthens your cardiovascular system by increasing your heart rate and breathing. These exercises use large muscle groups to sustain exercise for a prolonged period of time (over 15 minutes), where your heart rate is maintained at between 60 percent to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate. Examples of aerobic exercise include fast walking, jogging, running, stair steppers, elliptical, swimming, step class, and other cardio-based exercises.
This training style is good for those who want to lose weight, are looking to increase performance and endurance, are trying to reduce the risk of chronic illness like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, or training for an endurance competition such as a marathon.
Aerobic focused exercise classes at David Lloyd Clubs:
Group Cycling – Improve your endurance and strength by pedalling hard and fast on a stationary bike in this high energy class.
Les Mills RPM™ Virtual – Les Mills RPM™ Virtual is an indoor cycling class, set to the rhythm of motivating music. An on-screen virtual instructor will put you through your paces, with a class of either 30 or 45 minutes.
BODYATTACK™ – A high-energy fitness class with moves that cater for total beginners to total addicts. You’ll find a combination of athletic movements like running, lunging and jumping with strength exercises like push-ups and squats.
Aqua – This is a fun and energising class that incorporates aerobic exercises in the swimming pool, using the water as resistance. Some classes may incorporate the use of buoyancy aids.
Dance Fitness – Shake your body with a fun and energetic Dance Fitness class. From salsa to the cha cha cha, get those hips moving in time to the music, with an amazing instructor leading the way.
SH’BAM™ – A fun-loving, insanely addictive dance workout, SH’BAM™ is an ego-free zone with no dance experience required.
Zumba™ – The cult-classic dance class where you follow fun dance routines set to Latin-inspired music.
Circuit training combines strength-training with aerobic exercise. This type of exercise usually involves a mix of cardio activity such as running or rowing, and a number of strength-building exercises using body-weight and dumbbells/barbells/TRX and more. Typically, you’ll move between individual stations where you’ll perform different flexibility, dynamic strength training and static strength training exercises.
The circuit training method of exercise is good for those people who are looking to lose weight, maximise their time, or are looking for a total-body workout.
Circuit style exercise classes at David Lloyd Clubs:
Blaze – A HIIT style boutique-style class synced to up-beat, motivational dance music, Blaze provides a dynamic workout combining mixed martial arts, intense cardio and strength training.
Synrgy 360 HIIT – Using our Synrgy equipment, this HIIT session will not only burn lots of calories, but is guaranteed to get you fitter, stronger and leaner in no time. Utilise short bursts of high intensity activity with minimum rest.
Circuit Training – This is a diverse workout, combining high-intensity aerobic and body weight resistance training. It is ideal for fat loss, muscle building and heart fitness.
LES MILLS GRIT – The LES MILLS GRIT Series is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout. This workout comprises of 3 styles: Plyo, with plyometric-based exercises; Strength, using bodyweight and resistance; and Cardio, using high and low impact bodyweight exercises. The class style changes week to week.
*Please note that class offerings vary from club to club. Contact your local David Lloyd Club to find out what is available.