GET THE HANG OF THESE CLASSES
TRX suspension training (total body resistance exercise, FYI). It’s all about being suspended from straps on the ceiling. It was designed for the US Navy Seals, but even if you’re not particularly fit, you can do it too! Find TRX training at some Virgin Active clubs or head for the Queenax equipment (which looks like a jungle gym) for a solo session.
Suspension yoga Combining yoga, Pilates and gymnastics, many of the moves are done hanging in a hammock. The upside includes spinal decompression and being able to get into deeper stretches thanks to the support the hammock offers. The downside is that these classes can be hard to find, though they are offered at premium Virgin Active Collection Clubs. Have you heard of The Music Run yet? Ahead of the 5km run, participants vote for their favourite songs, and those with the most votes make it onto the playlist that accompanies the event. Over 120 speakers pump out these songs during the race, and afterwards there’s a music festival – a real fun run! This global phenomenon started in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and has spread to nine countries since. This year, it hits 15 more cities, including Joburg (on 4 Feb at Riversands Farm Village). If you want to be part of it, register (from R220), on TheMusicRun.com. Judging by the sales of anti-inflammatory drugs, many of us are plagued by aches and pains that are inflammation related. Now a new BMJ study shows that some NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) – specifically the COX-2 inhibitors that were supposed to get around the intestinal bleeding associated with NSAIDs – cause heart problems! (One of the meds fingered was the ever-popular Ibuprofen.) And the more you pop these pills, the higher your risk. But the good news is, cutting carbs and eating healthy fats definitely helps reduce chronic inflammation.
Hit that perfect beat!