From Bosu to Boot Camp and Beyond

by Dave on June 5, 2009

As first appeared in Coastal Sussex Weekly, May 14, 2009:

The weather is getting warmer and the beach bodies are emerging on the local shoreline. If you’re wondering how area fitness enthusiasts are achieving those beach bodies, you just need to ask the local professionals.

“Boot Camp-style classes or any type of class that focuses on the core,” says Coastal Sussex Weekly nutrition columnist Lisa Harkins of Ideal Nutrition & Fitness. “Spinning is still popular and a great way to burn a significant amount of calories in a relatively short amount of time. I really encourage my clients who are focused on weight-loss to spin at least 1-2 times per week.”

“People are getting outside – kayaking, trail running, trying new sports,“ adds trainer Matt Carter, who owns Quest Fitness & Kayak in Lewes. “I just tried kitesurfing and it was absolutely awesome.”

Much of the focus of those in training seems to be on multitasking and intensity.

“A lot of people are also trying workouts that utilize the concept of working several muscle groups at once versus just one,” says Harkins.  “For example instead of just having a client do arm curls you have the client do arm curls while lunging, or play catch with them with a medicine ball while they hop off and on a bosu ball – moves like that. I feel like the emphasis a few years back was to really push the limits with cardio and weight-training, and then in response to that the whole yoga and pilates took off as a more relaxing and centered way to workout but now I feel like we’ve come full circle and everyone is really into pushing themselves again.”

One of those high-intensty programs is the 300 Workout, which was originally designed as the final evaluation for actors and stuntmen training for the film “300,” which described the Battle of Thermopylae. The workout is now the most popular video at MensHealth.com, but is only recommended for the most fit of athletes.

Carter sees continuing interest in different yoga techniques, but also in a variety of programs. “A lot of people are trying high intensity, short duration programs such as Crossfit, Mountain Athlete, Ultimate Athlete and boxing varieties,” says Carter.

There are plenty of experts to help anyone achieve their fitness goals here at the beach, and no time like the present to do it.

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