Section 3.docx - Section 3#4 4 Sit in on or participate in a cardio-based aerobics class Was the class as you expected it to be What did you learn How

Section 3.docx - Section 3#4 4 Sit in on or participate in...

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Unformatted text preview: Section 3 #4 4. Sit in on or participate in a cardio-based aerobics class. Was the class as you expected it to be? What did you learn? How would you rate the instructor? Why? Do the same for a group resistance training class such as strength training, BodyPump™, an abs/core class, or any other class specifically designed to improve strength. Describe how what you have learned and observed applies to your future training endeavors. Yesterday I decided to participate in an Aerobics class called Cardio Burn. Boy oh boy, this was definitely not what I had expected for this class. I learned never to judge a book by its cover and that I need to include some high intensity cardio or aerobics classes in my weekly routine. Normally, I would only do low intensity cardio for 30mins at least 3 days a week. As a result, the hour long class was super challenging for me. It was clear that my body has definitely adapted to the intensity of the cardio I was doing. Despite the level of intensity and activity, I was able to complete the full class but felt extremely exhausted after. The class was a choreographed aerobic class that included high and low impact exercises specifically designed to keep your heart rate elevated. I must say, the aerobics class was fun. The participants were super energetic (and much older than I am) and the instructor was very motivating (lets go Nikita! Keep it moving! You got this! Pick up the pace). As this was my first aerobics class, the instructor welcomed/introduced me to the class, demonstrated the movements and frequently checked to see how I was doing. On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I would rate this instructor with a 10. She was warming, pleasant, motivating, helpful, and knowledgeable in the field (giving alternative moves that were just as effective when necessary). It was a very welcoming atmosphere in the class and that alone would encourage any individual to return. Today I participated in another class, this time a Strength Super Circuit class. With a key focus on strength and some endurance, this class was a bit more manageable but still challenging. In this class, the participants rotated between 15 stations with 1 min of work per station for 2 rounds. What I have learned was that this class is designed to give each muscle group 60 seconds of work versus a set amount of reps, followed by 60secs of rest. Example: 60secs chest press, 15secs to transition and then 60secs low row. This really gave my muscles a pump. This resistance based class comprised of both machine (with multiple grips) and free weights. This allowed me to contract my muscles within maximum force. This class was very popular among members of the gym and the focused group instructor did his best to give each participant the attention they needed. He assisted by performing tips and correcting form to avoid any injuries. In my opinion, this class needed an additional instructor to assist based on the size. On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I would rate this instructor with an 8. Like the Cardio Burn class instructor, he was warming and welcoming and demonstrated all of the exercise moves but at the same time he needs the extra help when the class is that full. Overall, I had an educational experience and I thoroughly enjoyed both classes. They were both wellstructured and included a warm-up phase to prepare the body for exercise and to lessen the risk of injury as well as a cool down phase to gradually return the heart rate to a pre-exercise one. Stretching exercises specific to the session was also incorporated into the cool down phase. Attending these classes allowed me to gain a greater insight into my chosen field of study. In the future, I will highly recommend my clients to include both aspects of cardio and strength in their training regimen due to each of their unique benefits. These types of classes can be tailored into your plan/regimen in order to obtain the benefits they have without neglecting your main goal. Aerobic exercises can be included for the purpose of increasing your level of available energy and a category of strength training based on your goal. ...
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