Fitness experts agree there is no magic to exercise, and you will typically get out of it exactly what you put in to it. However, the same experts also agree that some exercises produce better fitness results than others.
Legendary fitness icon Jack LaLanne stated the most efficient exercises are those that simultaneously target multiple muscle groups, increase endurance and burn calories. Here are four of the best exercises for proven fitness results that are available at our Tulsa Fitness Center:
Aqua, or water, aerobics refers to aerobic exercises performed in waist-deep water, typically in a fitness pool at a gym. The intent of aqua aerobics is to burn fat while increasing strength and endurance. Water aerobics is a great all-around exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels and especially suit to individuals with heath issues. Some of the benefits of aqua aerobics include:
- Limiting the stress and strain placed on joints and muscles.
- Resistance-training component increases muscle strength and joint flexibility.
- The low impact of water exercises are ideal for people recovering from injury or illness, the elderly and pregnant women.
Total Body Resistance Exercise
The Total Body Resistance Exercise routine, also known as TRX, is an expanded version of calisthenic exercises. TRX was developed by a Navy SEAL as way to stay in shape while on deployment, when team members couldn’t get to a gym. Like calisthenics, TRX involves using you own body weight for resistance. However, the Total Body Resistance Exercise routine employs an apparatus of straps and stirrups that attaches to a wall or door frame by a bracket.
The instability of hanging from the straps engages more muscles than are used when performing standard calisthenics or even weight training. While TRX works all the same muscles as a standard weight-training session, being suspended in the air requires you to balance your body through the full range of motion. This fully engages the core muscles to provide a true total-body workout.
Cardio kickboxing is a high-energy workout that combines a fast-paced cardio routine with martial-arts techniques. Cardio kickboxing increases stamina, burn calories, builds muscle, improves flexibility, enhances coordination and is just a whole lot of fun.
Cardio kickboxing at our fitness center can be paced to not intimidate the beginner or so it challenges the elite athlete. A trained instructor takes a class, set to fast-paced music, through a choreographed routine of mixed-martial-arts style punches and kicks. Some of the movements include:
- Front, back, side and roundhouse kicks
- Knee strikes
Even though “kickboxing” is part of the name, cardio kickboxing is a purely non-contact exercise routine, with all strikes being thrown against pads, punching bags or into the air.
Unlike many forms of exercise, like jogging or contact team sports, riding an exercise bike at our fitness center does not place excesses strain on you joints. Also known as a stationary bicycle, riding an exercise bike will provide you with the same great cardiovascular workout as running, but without the associated risks of impact to you knees, hips and back. In fact, the Mayo Clinic says that riding a bike can actually reduce back pain by increasing proper alignment of the spine. The Cleveland Clinic says that riding a bike is better than walking for people who are 50 pounds or more overweight. Additionally, riding a stationary bike for just 20 minutes four to five times per week can reduced your bad cholesterol, increase you good cholesterol and extend your life by years! There is just no downside to riding an exercise bicycle, and you can even do it at the gym when it’s raining without getting wet.