Some of us enjoy mountain biking, trail running or swimming in the sea, rather than exercising indoors. Some of us even compete in actual sports and sporty events, like triathlons. So why bother stepping inside the gym, especially when the sun is shining? Well, there’s a lot a gym can offer that your particular sport lacks.
Break out of your usual workout routine and hit the weights
If you’re a runner or cyclist, it means you’re doing loads of cardio, when you could also be benefiting from strength training.
Jean-Marc Johannes, one of our inspiring brand ambassadors, is a professional skateboarder who understands the importance of a strong core and muscles when it comes to his sport.
“In skateboarding, cardio is very important, but over time I’ve seen that explosive strength is just as important,” says Jean-Marc.
“On a board, you need to stay as light as possible, so it’s important to maintain a balance between improving your athletic skills and your strength.”
Tip: Ask one of our fitness instructors to show you the type of strength training and cardio equipment that will benefit you most.
Together with strength training, Jean-Marc also incorporates the explosive form of cardio: interval training.
Interval training on the treadmill
Interval training is all about burning calories faster. It involves mixing high-intensity bouts of exercise with lower-intensity bouts of exercise. And the treadmill is one of those pieces of equipment that allows you to embrace this kind of training technique.
No traffic, no wind, no worries. When cycling indoors, you can just switch off from everything around you and really enjoy your session. There is no need to stop for traffic lights either so that 20 minutes is all yours.
See if you can play with your speed and resistance to give yourself a better workout. How about trying out the Indoor Cycling or Ride group exercise classes?
Group exercise isn’t about fancy moves and choreographed steps: there’s a class for everyone, on any level of fitness.
Why not take a look at our timetables on myvirginactive? The red classes will improve your cardio fitness, the orange will improve your strength and the yellow classes focus on balance, stretching and flexibility.
Classes like Ride are specifically aimed at cyclists, while interval training classes like TS-10 and twentyfour are great for runners, swimmers and cyclists who are looking for indoor alternatives.
Interested in changing things up a bit? Try including one or two swimming sessions into your week. Play with your speed, and use flotation devices if you want to focus purely on a lower or upper body workout.
Strengthening your muscles and training inside the gym can give you a competitive edge plus score you a seriously hot body.