When you’re running around after the kids, it can be almost impossible to schedule time for a run for yourself (or a yoga class, or a weights session, game of netball, swim or whatever else floats your boat!).
But with the benefits of exercise top of mind, especially for mums in this Motherhood Month, we got the lowdown on some of the coolest new workouts that give you time out, a full body sweat sesh and a chance to carve out some ‘me’ time, all in one hit.
Mum tum? Bad back from lugging the kids? Tight hip flexors from endless hours at your desk? Turn to KX Pilates for 50 minutes of stretching, sweating and pushing your muscles to the max – all in a gorgeous, female-friendly studio with #fitspo instructors guiding your every move.
We all know the benefits of pilates – long, lean muscles, improved posture, core stability and greater flexibility. KX Pilates amps it up a notch, with weights (don’t fret, the dumbbells are light and available in a range of weights to suit your ability, from 1kg to 3kg) and a cardio surge to get your pulse racing.
Studio Owner, Linda Wisbey says, “KX offers a fast-paced, high intensity full body workout in just 50 minutes. It fuses elements of traditional reformer pilates with cardio and endurance training.”
Holy quads, the thighs were burning with the squat and shoulder press combo, while the side splits move got those inner thighs shaking. The reformer offers adaptations for all abilities and strengths, and while you’ll get comfortable with the moves over time, the classes are structured to keep your body guessing. No plateaus here.
This is a great workout to base your general fitness around, or an awesome rehab option. Non-impact but tough – no, it’s not an oxymoron. It’s KX Pilates.
MILE HIGH CYCLE HOUSE
Spinning. In the dark. By candlelight. With weights. In a spa-like studio with mantras on the walls. No, it’s not a hippy-trippy free love session. It’s Mile High Cycle House and as soon as you clip your cleats into the pedals, get ready to sweat!
As a quad-dominant runner and weight trainer, I have a morbid fear of cycling, envisioning Incredible Hunk-style tree trunks sprouting from my Lorna Janes. But fear not. PT Emily told me after the class that the varied structure and unique style of Mile High Cycle House classes create long, lean, sculpted thighs. Studio Supervisor, Rachelle Bayley, says “It’s the most fun to be had on a bike in 45 minutes. A full body workout, huge fat burning potential and all done alongside a tribe of empowering fellow riders.”
You’re instructed to vary the resistance on your bike constantly, from sprints to slower, harder tempo segments. Then add in light dumbbells and push-ups for an upper body workout at the same time. And your core is on. All. The. Time. With every rotation of your pedal, you’re reminded to connect with your core. Full body? Hell yeah.
This is serious time out for the mum who can’t turn her brain off – killer beats, a darkened room, frequently changing sets and the power of positivity mean you’ll get your sweat on and a mind-break from the endless To Do lists on rotation in your head.
If you’ve only got 45 minutes and you want strength, resistance, cardio and fun all in one place, head to F45. With handy locations nationally, it’s easy to find a team-based, functional workout for you.
No matter what you choose, get out there and make some time for you. Tag us #havenhub @havenhub to show us your #workouttimeout. Have fun, mums!