GYM DIARIES: Taking on the classes at B! Health and Fitness
PUBLISHED: 19:00 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:40 28 February 2018
After a week of putting my body through its paces at B! Health and Fitness in Honiton, I felt oddly restless on the days I had where I wasn’t exercising.
I eagerly returned to the gym on Tuesday to get my teeth into some of the popular classes it offers its members.
First up was Vibe Cycle.
Some may consider cycling on a stationary bike to be a monotonous exercise, but class instructor Katie places the emphasis on having fun.
The session, which is put on three times a week, is held at B!’s top of the range bespoke cycling studio.
Within seconds of the class starting, I was putting pedal to the metal and moving in sync to a number of upbeat tunes.
The great thing about Vibe is, aside from the air-conditioned room, disco lights and music, you can go at your own pace or challenge yourself.
A quick twist of a dial on your bike changes the amount of resistance, meaning you don’t have to try and pedal through concrete for 45 minutes.
It’s a great class for both beginners and more accomplished cyclists who fancy a challenge, and the studio’s sound and lighting system makes sure your motivation levels remain high throughout.
At the start, I found the continuous cycling pretty easy, but as the pace quickened, I really had to push myself to keep cycling through the increasing resistance.
By the end of the class, there was plenty of adrenalin coursing around my body – though I was a little wobbly on my feet!
The second class of the week was Power Burn, headed up by B! fitness instructor Ryan Sumpter.
This 45-minute class, held three times a week in the gym’s ground floor-based Studio 2, is a high-intensity workout where you use only your body to do the work.
The cardio workout is great for anyone wanting to be fit.
Although my legs were aching from Vibe 24 hours earlier, I eagerly threw myself into the Power Burn class.
It started with a minute of star jumps, and I was foolish for thinking it wouldn’t get much harder.
Fast forward sixty seconds and I was taking on every exercise you could imagine, such as squats into press-ups, star jumps, stationary sprints and the punishing ‘mountain climber’ to name a few.
The class really got my lungs going, and the continuous stream of exercises became increasingly more difficult as my muscles started to fatigue throughout the class.
However, Ryan, like all of the personal trainers and instructors at B!, helped me through it with constant calls of encouragement.
Without his support, I could have quite happily admitted defeat and curled up into a ball on the floor, but he helped me to push on and fight to finish the exercises.
While this class is great for a lone member, I would recommend taking part in the class with a friend. It is amazing how much a bit of healthy competition can make you dig deep and push through the fatigue barrier.
Power Burn, like all of the gym’s nine classes, is painstakingly designed by B!’s personal trainers – meaning they can’t be found anywhere else.
By the end of the class, I was feeling muscles that I didn’t even know I had.
The classes on offer at B! are not only challenging – they are fun too. What better way to exercise than with a smile on your face?
Also, if you’re a Gold member at B!, classes are free. Once you have taken a few, you will really notice the difference in your fitness levels.
In the next column, I’ll be finishing my second week at B! Health and Fitness. I’ll be taking on a new class. undertaking a functional gym session to strengthen the majority of my muscles.
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