Fit On The Go

Even if you’re not set­ting foot in a gym for weeks, you can still get your work­out in with this 30-minute to­tal-body toner. Say hello to the trav­el­ling cir­cuit

Women's Health (South Africa) - - DECEMBER 2018 - By W anita Ni col Pho­to­graphs by Justin Ding wall

Your one-stop ex­er­cise shop while on vay­cay

You know you’re win­ning when ex­er­cise has be­come a habit – go­ing to gym and get­ting your work­out in isn’t a chore, it’s just part of your day, as nat­u­ral as brush­ing your teeth. That level of com­mit­ment doesn’t hap­pen overnight ei­ther. It’s some­thing you prob­a­bly started work­ing on in Jan­uary, pos­si­bly lost your way with around June and then clawed your way back to in Sep­tem­ber. So now is not the time to let the hol­i­days de­rail your progress.

GYM IN YOUR BEACH BAG

You may not be able to go to gym when you’re hit­ting the sea­side in Scot­tburgh on the South Coast, but you can take the gym cir­cuit along with you wher­ever you’re headed these hol­i­days. All you need are two to­tally af­ford­able, uber-pack­able pieces of equip­ment and this work­out from Joburg­based trainer and WH Next Fit­ness Star 2017 Inge Bezuiden­hout (pic­tured). “The re­sis­tance band is very small and can eas­ily fit into your lug­gage,” says Inge. “You also don’t need a lot of space to per­form ex­er­cises with a re­sis­tance band and it can be used for train­ing al­most ev­ery mus­cle in your body. Plus, the in­ten­sity can be ad­justed, the same as with any ma­chine.” When choos­ing a re­sis­tance band, you get a va­ri­ety of thick­nesses. The thicker the band, the higher the in­ten­sity – just like adding more bricks to your weight stack in­creases re­sis­tance on a ca­ble ma­chine. If you’re new to ex­er­cise or typ­i­cally set your cir­cuit ma­chines to just one or two bricks, Inge rec­om­mends us­ing the thinnest band you can find, which will be the eas­i­est to train with. “Also, don’t place too much re­sis­tance on the band,” she ad­vises. You can ad­just the re­sis­tance by al­ter­ing the band’s length – hold a short sec­tion or fold it over and you have high re­sis­tance; use it at its full length for low­est re­sis­tance. “I use a re­sis­tance band with all my clients be­cause it can ad­just to var­i­ous fit­ness and strength lev­els,” says Inge, who spe­cialises in train­ing women at their homes. “It’s also so ver­sa­tile – it can be used as is, in a loop for­mat or you can tie it to a pole or pil­lar for pulling ex­er­cises. Al­ter­na­tively, you can use it with a part­ner or con­nected to a door to per­form var­i­ous ex­er­cises.”

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