Sweat, sweet sweat….

December 11, 2012 in fitness, health

So recently I tried out a S.W.E.A.T. 1000 class. And man, did I sweat. It could easily have been 1000 calories, but possibly more.
What is it you ask? It’s a gym class, but a very unusual one. It combines interval training with weights and cardio in a deadly combination that left me breathless, but wanting more.
Basically they have a room with a bunch of treadmills lined up against one wall. Then on the floor they have various toning and resistance paraphernalia such as BOSU balls, dumbbells, TRX suspension bands and so on. In the class I went to in Sea Point, we used BOSU balls and dumbbells.
The class switches between sprinting on a treadmill at different speeds, on different inclines for different intervals. You do that for a few minutes until your heart wants to take a seat in the corner with a towel and then they whip you off the treadmill and before you can think too much about it you’re balancing on a BOSU ball on one leg with weights and doing some rather tricky balancing squats.

Treadmill sprints are damn hard, especially on an incline!

Another few minutes of this and then you’re back on the treadmills to haul your heart back in the game with some more sprinting and/or incline walking  (and we’re talking an incline of like 20 on the treadmill…. If you’ve ever been on  a treadmill you’ll know that’s virtually like walking up a wall it’s so steep).
That’s a rough version of what went on in the class – going between the treadmills and the floor doing weights, squats and lunges on the BOSU, push-ups, sit-ups.. you name it, we did it. And it was AWESOME.

BOSU balls… not for the faint-hearted (or balance-challenged)

According to the S.W.E.A.T. 1000 peeps, the reason they do this form of intense interval training is quite simply because they believe “It is the optimal way to train and that is why we believe that S.W.E.A.T. 1000 has become the ultimate workout.”
Fair enough huh? According to them “The body cannot get used to or rest at any given time as we are taking it through so many different work loads –  the slow twitch and the fast twitch muscle fibre is activated – the endurance aspect is activated.
“Integrating the components of interval training, functional training, core stability work, athletic training, and agility training – it is basically the result of taking everything that is the highest level of physical training and putting it into a 1 hour  dynamic, action packed class that is different every single time. Always changing the dynamics of the class, alleviating the boredom factor and never allowing people to know what they are going to get.”

The class in full swing… add in some pumping music and you’ve a recipe for (sweaty) success!

I must say that I agree with them too. Even though I prefer heavy weight training and short, intense workouts, this class was totally different from anything I have ever done before and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Sure it was intense and I was totally spent afterwards, but it was so much fun I would definitely consider adding it to my current workout programme 2 or 3 times a week purely because it made me feel so good afterwards.
While I exercise primarily for the health benefits it provides, I also LOVE exercising and this is definitely a class I could fall hard for.
Check out the video of one of the classes on their site. They have classes in Cape Town and Joburg, so check them out if you can…
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