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
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.”