Group fitness as a sole source of exercise
Posted June 5, 2009on:
Ever since my “BODYCOMBAT and fat loss” series (part one and part two) I’ve had a lot of questions as to what my exact training programme entails. Many are very surprised to learn that for about 18 months now I get pretty much all my exercise exclusively from group fitness classes. Most ask – “is that enough?” – especially when it comes to weight training. The big question is; “Can you build muscle and lose bodyfat from group fitness alone?”
The answer is a resounding YES as far as I’m concerned. I’ve been in the fitness industry in one capacity or another for over a decade. Now, that’s not to say I’ve always been in shape. I used to own a sport nutrition company here in NZ. When I sold the company at its peak a few years back I took a loooong lay off from all exercise. And I paid the price – about 2 years ago I was close to 20 kg (50 lbs) heavier than I am now – and none of it was muscle! To get back in shape initially I started on the treadmill – but that got old really quick. Then I discovered BODYCOMBAT and the rest as they say is history.
To give you some idea take a look at the two pics below.
The first (on the left) was taken ten years ago back in 1999 in my bodybuilding days. Back then I training everyday at the gym as a bodybuilder. The second pic was taken earlier this year on my way to an event dressed as the wrestler John Cena. I know which exercise programme was more fun; close to two hours a day battling it out lifting weights and reluctantly slugging it out on a treadmill as I was back then – or an hour a day doing a BODYCOMBAT or BODYPUMP class!
My point is this; without question I’ve transformed my body almost exclusively using group fitness. I’ve lost about 50 lbs of fat – toned and built muscle, and more importantly I wake up every day looking forward to getting into the gym rather than dreading it. I used to bust my gutt at the gym to achieve the result on the left – and yes whilst I feel I was in good shape I never ‘enjoyed’ my training. Given I’m in my 30’s now (and let’s face it the ol’ metabolism probably isn’t what it was when I was in my 20’s) I feel I’m in the best shape of my life – and I’ve had an absolute ball doing it!
If you wanna know or see more post a comment below or add me on facebook, and hopefully this post helps answer this seemingly age old question! 🙂