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Squat baby, squat

August 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

How long can you squat for? I mean REALLY squat? Not the hovering-above-a-public-toilet type… the real ass-to-grass deep squat? You’d probably be surprised.

Me? I can now last a staggering 2 minutes 30 seconds… although that’s with either a kettlebell as a weight to keep me balanced or lightly holding on to something. Sounds like nothing though right? But it’s 100% better than last week when I could only manage to squeak out one minute before my hip flexors started screaming obscenities at me and my shins and ankles felt like they’d been set on fire.

Why am I doing this, you ask? It’s a good question, with an equally good answer – I’m trying to get better. Not just better at squatting, but better at everything. Have you ever seen a toddler squat? It’s perfect, and it’s effortless. They just drop down into it and can chill out there for as long as they want. But unless you’re one of the lucky few who has good flexibility and mobility, you probably struggle as much as I do.

Squatting should be effortless for us all. But since we went to school and started spending more time sitting on our asses rather than walking, crawling, running, climbing and squatting, most of us have lost the ability to do it properly. I can’t remember where I read this, but basically when you’re tired of standing, you should be able to drop down into a squat and rest there.

Yes, I said ‘rest’.

At the moment though, with my screaming muscles and achey joints, squatting does not feel at all restful to me.

This is why I have taken up the 30 minute squat challenge with some of my coaches. Basically it involves practicing your squat for 30 days. Every day you try to sit in a squat position for as long as you can, working your way up to 30 minutes for that day.

Right now I’m only on 10 minutes a day. So I might be doing a 90 day squat challenge :D But the point is that I’m squatting. I’m making an effort to get into that position and stay there for as long as possible. I’m getting my body used to what is essentially a very natural position. And the more I do it, the more natural it is feeling and the longer I can hold it for.

It’s tragic that we have to retrain our poor bodies to do such basic movements that we were born to do, but such is the way life has changed in the Western world. Perhaps one day i will be able to write an entire blog post while comfortably resting in a squat. For now though, my goal is to increase the time every week until it is effortless.

I asked my coach Carla from Cape Crossfit to demonstrate some of the different ways you can sit in a squat and the different progressions you can use, check it out:

 

Carla shows the basic squat. It’s effortless for her (see how she laughs so merrily while in it). This is what I aim for – and to look so happy while doing it :D

 

If you can’t squat unassisted yet, it’s perfectly fine to hold onto something. Just try and make sure you depend on it less and less as you go along. And keep your back straight.

 

This is my preferred method of squatting at the moment – with a kettlebell. It helps keep me balanced and in the right position and the weight of it gets me into a nice, deep squat.

If you can’t get into a proper squat just yet you can also try putting something under your heels to give you a little extra help.

 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to find a place to go and squat…

#happysquatting

It’s always about the shorts…

August 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Carla Costa Da Nunes is a crossfit coach and winner of the African Regionals Crossfit Games 2013. She recently competed in the Crossfit Games in the US. She is strong, she is beautiful and yet like all women, she has body insecurities. 

Read this extract from her blog (which you can read in full here) about how, even at the fittest and strongest she has been in her life, about to compete with her peers, she still found herself worrying about body issues:

So there I was, I made it. Los Angeles, Carson, THE CrossFit Games baby!

Athlete’s dinner: check. “Wow, look at all these people I have only known via Internet. Gorgeous people! look at those muscles and so lean!”
Registration: check.
Interview with ESPN: check. “That’s funny. It is the first time that I do a kettlebell swing with makeup on!”
Try out new gear: “Oooo, look at all this stuff! Love the tops, the pants!” Tinny shorts and bathing suit: “uh oh” (gulp).
So there I was at the CrossFit Games, I was about to embark on a massive journey, and one of my stumbling blocks is a pair of shorts I was given. After all “who wants to see those chunky legs and that cellulite! There will be cameras!”
Really Carla? Really?!

Carla in the ‘offending’ shorts during one of the grueling workouts at the Crossfit Games.

I grew up a skinny girl in Angola and was made fun of for it. “Dressed broom” they called me. Add to it a background where the only feedback I received was that pertaining to “negative”  behavior. I heard what I did wrong, so much for what I did well. Not the best way to lay the foundation to a high sense of self I’d say. Ah, I suppose they did the best they could.
Now, if you want to mess it up even more, add a first love who used to tell you were fat and pinched your stomach as he said it.

Oh no wait!, it gets better: chip a front tooth, get the worse acne as a teenager and have people call you ugly duckling. Now that should do it! No? How about a religious parent who chose your clothes for you? Oh, the pictures, the pictures!
No? How about failed relationships?
Oh and and by the way and before we proceed, let me clarify that I am not asking for pity, I am just giving you a bit of a background to what I am about to tell you.
As a child in Africa I was physically active. I ran, I jumped. No sitting still.
It all changed when as a teenager I decided that I was too cool to sweat. (oh silly girl).The only exercise I did was ride my pink skate board and follow Jane Fonda’s buns and tights workout (oh, Lord help me!) in my parents’ living room. The doors were always locked because God forbid anyone would see and ridicule me!
Mind you, the exercising to Jane Fonda only started after said boy started telling me I was fat at the age of 16. Up to that point in my mind I was a Dressed Broom Tom Boy who really wasn’t too concerned with her looks.

Things changed and for years I struggled with how I saw myself. There was always something “wrong”: too soft, too big, too skinny, too little fat… it was never quite right. (come to think of it, how boring).

Even when I became a competitive kayaker and became so lean that I  had an 8 pack (yes you’ve read it right) I was still unsure about my body. there was always something not quite right with it. Oh the self judgments, worse yet, the judgment of others, their figures, their lifestyle choices. At first I thought it was all about them but no, I learnt in time that it was me projecting my own fears and insecurities on them.
Throughout the years, I did a great deal of (internal) work on myself and things did change. I stopped judging others and what peace it brought me. I could finally see the human, the soul in its full intricacies. How beautiful to just see, to just observe. No background noise!

There is so much to every single human out there. It goes from the six pack man or woman, to the African mama who is big by anyone’s standard yet so confident in her stride that she walks down that street like she owns the world. How I admire and envy her.

Beauty to me also means watching a woman come into our gym and see her change her idea of self. Her walking changes, her clothes change, heck how she stands and looks at the world changes too! I also see it in music, in the nerd who pulls a computer apart only to put it back together again while they tell you all about each piece. The way someone laughs. I love big belly laughs. Or even how someone is capable of writing a closing argument so beautifully, the words just flow. Random perhaps? Maybe not if I told you that I have legal background.
For years my demons lay dormant and I figured that as I had stopped judging others, it meant that deep inside I was also at peace with myself. But was I really?
How does one, after all these years find oneself having trouble putting on a pair of shorts at the CrossFit Games because “I am not as lean as all the other amazing ladies” and ” who wants to see that?!”. How on earth is it still about that? Does it make me a hypocrite? Does it disqualify me from wanting to help others?
I guess these are good questions. I don’t know the answer.

What I do question is how it is possible that after all these years of work with myself and others, when taken out of its comfort zone, my internal dialogue goes crazy and just as I am about to embark on a massive journey, one of my stumbling blocks is a pair of shorts I was given as part of my competitor gear.  Because God forbid someone saw these “chunky legs and that cellulite! OMG There will be cameras!”

How can I  show love and compassion to others yet be so rigid and hard with myself? How about some self acceptance miss Carla?
Oh and those legs you were moaning about, how about recognizing that they get you places, that they can drag heavy things around and that you can walk thank you very much?
How ingrained is this “not good enough” message?
I read somewhere that “what you do not own, owns you”.
So I guess that the first thing to self acceptance is to own that I, Carla, after all these years, do in fact judge my body and say things about it in my head that I would not say to a friend.
My first step that day was to wear those darn shorts, and then I wore them again.
Read more of Carla’s musings here

What’s your excuse?

July 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Exercise is not always about losing weight. Or getting ‘toned’ abs. It might start out like that for some people, but for a lot of people exercise often becomes a lifestyle. It changes the way you live your life – how you eat becomes important, what you drink, how much you sleep, how your family eats and exercises.

Check out this video from a backyard gym in Strand, Cape Town, where with just a few weights and a little motivation one man is changing the lives of drugs addicts and gangsters – one rep at a time. Exercise is definitely the healthier lifestyle option for these guys, and if they can do it under such depressing circumstances, with such basic equipment…. what’s your excuse?

Aerial yoga? Yes please!

June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Aerial yoga – just think about that for a second. Sounds weird right? Well it is. But it’s also a ridiculous amount of fun and a great workout. Not since I was a child on a swing have I felt so free and giggly.

When The Silk Workshop invited me for a class to see what aerial yoga was all about I was intrigued. I love yoga, but aerial yoga? What the hell was that? So armed with a vague, nagging image of downward dog in the air I headed off to their Greenpoint studio to see what it was all about.

I was greeted with massive purple silks hanging from a very high ceiling and lots of very supple women in leotards effortlessly draped from the silks from one leg, or an arm. They de-tangled themselves and gracefully disembarked from the silks to greet me and talked me through a brief warm-up and stretch.

Note: This is NOT me. This is the professionals.

Have you every stretched with someone who does professional ballet? Or who is a former circus acrobat? No? Well if possible avoid it at all costs. Unless you are super-flexible yourself. Otherwise you’ll feel like a 90-year-old granny with brittle bones and muscles as pliable as leather. Seriously, it’s freaking ridiculous what these women could do. And effortlessly too… one of them was halfway through describing how she literally ran away to join the circus when she was a teenager in the UK while she was basically in the splits with her chest on the floor. #noreally

So after establishing that I was about as flexible as a ruler Junaid Rahim showed me how to get into the silk hanging from the ceiling. It looked so graceful and easy. So up I hopped, silks in hand, bum wiggling backwards desperately looking for a little bit of silk to call my seat and… nothing. I couldn’t even get up without causing a scene.

I may be smiling now but it took 10 minutes for me to get into it ;)

Fortunately I’m not the first novice they’ve seen so after a few more attempts and a little assistance I was shown how to get into it. And then told to just swing, like I was sitting in a swing. Like kids do. Like kids do ALL. THE. TIME.

But my brain shut down and my stomach lurched like I was being violently thrown around on a roller coaster and not gently swinging from a gorgeous purple silk in a yoga class. Silly stomach.

Seriously though, when last were you on a swing? I have clearly forgotten how to do that stuff. It’s so simple and yet my brain refused to accept this as something pleasing.

Anyway, after Junaid decided I had the hang of that (or the shade of green I had turned was off-putting) he showed me some of the different moves that make up an aerial yoga class.

Wow. Just wow.

They are some hectic moves. And yet, I managed to do them. #noreally #notsuchadumbass

No starfish jokes ok?

He would show me something that looked equally fabulous and difficult, inverting himself upside down and without any hands and just dangle with a bit of silk hugging his bum and then I’d do it and… I did it! It took a few times till it looked anything near what he had done, but the point is I did it.

Check it out:

Beware the Flying Ginga #whatevernext

#justhanging

There’s something very serene about hanging like a bat

Look ma, no hands!

Lunges with a difference

Such a nice stretch

By the end of the class I was exhausted. It was a real workout and I couldn’t’ believe how much it had taxed my muscles. Those circus girls are strong!

I believe the actual group classes go a lot faster through the moves and at a much more intense pace, although anyone from beginner to more advanced is sure to get a workout. Junaid even said he has a lot of guys who do the classes too for the upper body strength workout it gives them.

Apart from the sore abs the next day this was one of the msot fun things I’ve ever done. It made me feel graceful and beautiful and at the same time filled me with a real sense of childish joy just to be swinging from the ceiling and flipping upside down with my legs in the air and back again. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to try out something different, it really was too much of fun!

Thanks so much to Junaid and the flexible ladies of The Silk Workshop. 

Wa-SUP!!!

February 12, 2013 in fitness, health, Uncategorized

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) has made quite an appearance here in SA recently, I’m not sure how long it’s been around for, but lately I’ve been noticing more and more of them hitting the sea. So of course I wanted to try it out.

So I signed up for a session with SUPsistas, they’re a Cape Town-based SUP club especially for women. I figured if I was gonna see my ass I might as well do it in the company of other women.

Fortunately for me the wind has been so hectic here lately that they moved their usual Small Bay classes on the icy Atlantic to the Waterfront Canals in town. I say fortunately because I think it was probably a lot easier to learn how to get up on the board and stay up when there aren’t ocean waves thwarting your efforts every few seconds. Baby steps ok?!

So one glorious Cape Town morning I arrived at the canals. Karina met me and together with a group of about 12 other women we warmed up before she showed us newbies the basics. I.e. how not to fall off or crash into anyone.

Such a pretty setting.

 

Bottoms up!

The lack of a wetsuit makes you even MORE determined NOT to fall in…

One of the trickiest things to learn was how to handle the paddle. We practised a few times on land, but it’s very different when you’re on the water.

It’s like sweeping. But I’m not very good at that either.

See that boat in the background? It makes waves as it goes by. It’s also filled with tourists who I’m SURE were willing me to fall off just for a pic!

Once we were warmed up and prepped we took our giant boards down to the water. They’re freaking huge to carry, even harder to get into the water with cause they start floating away as soon as they’re in. So it’s a fine act trying to keep them close while climbing on.

So on I got, on my knees at first to get a feel for it.

If only you could see how wobbly I was…

It was a VERY weird sensation. My legs were trembling and my core was tight. And this was on flat water. So I paddled around on my knees for a little while before I felt brave enough to stand up. And that was something altogether different.

I don’t think my legs have ever felt so shaky. My thighs were like jelly. You see you can’t really straighten up and just stand. You have to keep your legs slightly bent (at least at first) so when the water moves – which it inevitably does- you don’t tumble off. You’ve also got to keep your ‘hips loose”. I didn’t know what that meant until the little boat came past and I started doing an involuntary salsa on the board just to keep upright.

Take the pic quick I’m focusing here!

It took about 15 minutes for my legs to stop shaking. Then my toes went numb, and they stayed numb for a while. But by then I was totally into it and enjoying myself FAR too much to worry about some stupid toes.

Once I got a rhythm going it felt amazing. My whole body was getting a workout, it was sociable and once I got a little more confident I even got a few peeks at the passing scenery. The women who were in my group were all from various backgrounds, various countries and were aged from early 20s to late 60s (I swear, one lady was in her 60s and not only was she kicking my ass she looked amazing).

An hour later I didn’t want it to end, but my body was actually feeling quite tired. Not sore, just nicely tired. My shoulders and arms were worked, my core was worked and my legs were worked (despite much protesting from them).

Next I’d like to try it out on the sea. But on a VERY calm day. Like I said, baby-steps.

No I didn’t fall in… I jumped. I swear! SUP-ing is sweaty work!

I would highly recommend this sport to anyone. It’s easy on the joints, fun and a great addition to a fitness routine. I’m sure out at sea it would be an even harder workout too.

Ladies check out SUPsistas if you’re keen, not only are they a great group of ladies but they’re also completely non-profit with all proceeds from board and paddle-hire going towards supporting orphaned children. You could get a double whammy workout AND be socially responsible. What more could you ask for?

Check out their Facebook page here or visit their website here.

 

 

Gearing up for FiCT

January 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

So last year when I was bullied inspired to enter the Fittest in Cape Town competition by my coaches at Cape CrossFit, I didn’t really give it too much thought.

Then came December with it’s chaotic times and debauchery and alas I didn’t manage to do as many crossfit classes as I would have liked. I kept on doing running, hill sprints, burpees (I know… who the f#%! does burpees of their own accord… clearly the brainwashing is working).

So I’m still fit. But FiCT-fit? I dunno so much…

If you don’t have the foggiest about what I’m talking about check the website out here FiCT. Watch the video from last year’s event and see what it’s all about. But if you’re feeling uninspired to do that here it is in a nutshell – it’s a team and individual competition that takes part over a weekend, where teams and individuals compete against each other until there is a winner. Except… and it’s a BIG except…. the actual workouts are not known until the morning of the event.

Crazeee right? Well that’s part of the charm that is crossfit. Gotta be prepared for anything. It could be rope climbing (must remember to pack super-sexy long socks), or rowing, or sled pushing and pulling, or running or burpees (eish) or ALL of the above.  For three rounds. For time.

I know I know… it’s a MOFO of a thing to sign up for. Especially since you don’t really know what kind of pain is heading your way.

So I am in a team with 2 other girls and 3 guys. I think I know one of them. It’s gonna be like a group blind date. But weirder.

So it should be bucket-loads of fun (until I wake up the next day and can only move my eyeballs to ask for water). I just hope that it’s not too hot over that weekend (the 26th and 27th Jan… TWO WEEKS AWAY *silent scream*) or windy. But it’s Cape Town, so the chances are it will be both. Oy vey.

So if you want to see me kitted out in my sweaty best, grinding out reps of madness with a team of people that I haven’t even met yet, then come support! If nothing else I’m a good sport for the point-and-laugh crowd.

Camps Bay High School, January 26 and 27 from 8.30am.

I’ll be the sweaty Ginger Ninja on the field… if you’re REALLY lucky I might even give you a sweaty hug. No promises though… it all depends on the workouts I’ve had to do and whether I can still lift my arms without having to jump first.

TRX training FTW

December 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Another new feature in a lot of gyms recently is TRX Suspension Training. Its not as scary as it sounds but it does require a bit of coordination and getting used to.

TRX  (Total Resistance eXercise)  uses straps and a central pivot point with which you then use your own body weight to work out. Sounds easy right? That’s usually where these things go wrong….

Once again I met up with Virgin Active personal trainer Ian Pienaar who put me through my paces with the TRX. Usually at Virgin Active gyms anyway, these straps are hanging from a wall, which isn’t how they are meant to be used, but the wide A-frames they usually come in are quite space-consuming. But if you know what to do you can still get a good workout with them against a wall.

What are the benefits of TRX training? Portability, using your own body weight, quick changeover between exercises and it provides a real workout for your core.

I was actually very surprised at what a good workout the TRX provided…for a few days afterwards I could feel the muscles that had been worked, especially my core.

Check out these pics of some of the core exercises Ian made me do, I didn’t do many but my stomach reallllllly felt it!

The pics aren’t very clear, but you get the idea… my feet are suspended off the ground… so my core had no excuse for not working exceptionally hard to just keep me balanced. It took a few minutes to get my balance right, and made push-ups rather difficult, but it was a great workout.

We also did some upper-body exercises which really highlighted how my upper-body strength needs some attention. But that’s where the TRX could come in really handy, just practicing a few upper-body moves on it with different foot postions should help build my strength in no time.

Overall I really enjoyed the workout, but I would recommend getting someone who knows what they’re doing to show you how to use them properly first. No point in using them if you’re not going to do it right, right?

I would definitely recommend this as a good strength training addition to your workout.

My encounter with a ViPR

December 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

A few weeks ago I noticed a personal trainer at my Virgin Active putting someone through what looked like a grueling routine with something that looked like a cross between a big pipe and a log of wood. Whatever it was, it looked heavy and the workout he was doing looked hardcore.
 
So of course I just HAD to try it out J
 
Virgin Active were kind enough to organise personal  trainer Ian Pienaar to put me through my paces with what is apparently called a ViPR. The fact that it’s name sounds like a poisonous snake should be an indication of its potent potential.
 
Ian explained that the ViPR comes in a few different weights ranging from a light weight of 4kg, all the way up to 20kg, similar to Kettlebells. It has a few different grips on it which you can use according to your preference or workout.
 
There are a number of different exercises you can do with the ViPR, and after doing a few of them with Ian as well as a few short combination workouts I would seriously recommend getting someone professional to show you how to do the exercises properly so you get the full benefit and don’t look like a dumbass just throwing it around aimlessly.  #justsaying
 
Ian made me do a clean and press:
Then a needle and thread move:
 

Then a lunge with a twist (which was surprisingly difficult with such an awkward weight):
 
And then a short workout that got my heart pumping and made me all sweaty. Which is just how I like my workouts.
 
I was a bit sore the next day – in the best possible way of course, and I thoroughly enjoyed the workout. It was challenging and different from the more common fitness routines. So if you’re looking for something different to add to your exercise programme or if you just want to give weights a miss for a day, I strongly suggest you try out ViPR training and see how it works for you. I only had 45 mins with Ian, but he assures me there are many different exercises you can do with it.
 
Check out this video he put together illustrating some of the moves.

Rising to the challenge

November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

So it’s now halfway through the SleekGeek Office Challenge with only three weeks to go. I think it got off to quite a sluggish start, even though there were lots of eager people who signed up for it, I’m not sure how many have thrown themselves into it.

To try get a bit of momentum going I volunteered my services to teach a weekly bootcamp session for anyone who was interested. I recently did a group fitness trainer course and figured this would also give me some good practice with my cueing and phrasing and so on. (Terms I never even knew existed till a few months ago… don’t EVER underestimate an aerobics instructor, there’s a TONNE of stuff you have to think about during a class sheesh!!)

Anyhoo the first class was a dud. Not one single person showed up. I must admit I felt a little annoyed… this was after all a free exercise class. Free fitness sessions don’t come around too often y’know!

Fortunately they persuaded me to do another one and with four eager participants we got started. Its a bit difficult to do much toning without any weights or equipment of any sort, but I actually think they get quite a good workout with the amount of body-weight exercises I throw at them. From push-ups to walking lunges, squats for Africa and some lovely burpees and mountain climbers in the mix it’s enough to get anyone’s heart rate going!

The classes have now grown to 13 participants and are three times a week. It might be a little late in the challenge but these guys are giving it their all and I really admire them. A few of the ladies have never ever exercised – and they do damn well keeping up and doing the best they can. I’m super-impressed!

The goal at the end is for them to be able to do more push-ups than they did at the start of the SleekGeek Challenge and to be able to hold the hollow rock position for longer than they did before. I daresay that if they keep coming they’ll all see a big improvement!

So a big YAY for the peeps at 24.com for coming to the party and doing their bit. It’s SO awesome to see people passionate about exercising and wanting to get fitter and healthier. It’s not even about the weight-loss – it’s about being healthier. And we can all be healthier and make healthier choices on a daily basis. It’s hard most of the time, but it’s not impossible.

If you feel you can’t do it alone, sign up to the SleekGeek group on Facebook and see what other ordinary people are doing. It’s one big support group that’s free. If nothing else you might even make a few friends :)

 

But is it exercise?

October 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

When I was invited to try out a new fitness regime I was quite excited – until I found out that it included electro muscular stimulation. That made me nervous. And a little intrigued as to how to would work. So I agreed to go along for a session to see what it was all about. Don’t say I don’t ever do anything in the name of fitness…

What is it? According to the FutureFitness peeps it’s a machine manufactured in Germany which:

  • Trains 90% of the muscles simultaneously
  • Muscle contraction is 150 times more intense
  • It also makes deeper lying muscles work
  • It is gentle on the joints
  • 1 x 20 minutes session a week is enough to achieve the required results
And they say the benefits include:
  • Maximum strength development
  • Increased endurance
  • Muscle growth
  • Settling muscular imbalance
  • Improved efficiency
  • Cellulite treatment
  • Weight and fat loss
  • Improved metabolism

Sounds good right? And for only two 20 minute sessions a week with all those benefits how could I NOT try it out?

When I arrived at FutureFitness at the V&A Waterfront to try out the Miha Bodytec I was told I had to get completely naked and put on an outfit that was basically a skin-tight top and shorts. The good news is that they opened the packed in front of me so they were brand new.

However, that’s not all that I had to wear. After I had changed, I was measured and fitted with what looks like a bulky waistcoat with wires popping out of it. I was then strapped up with some straps on my upper arms, around my bum and on my thighs. Not your usual workout gear I know… I was starting to feel a bit restricted and more than a little apprehensive as I was plugged into a machine that would send electrodes into my muscles.

Check it out: It’s the Ginja Ninja in her Lara Croft outfit… :)

 

Before we started the trainer went through everywhere I would be zapped by the machine and checked how intense a current I could withstand. My legs and back seemed to take the stronger current without too much trouble, my abs not so much and I actually had to ask him to turn it down because I felt a little breathless like someone was punching me in the stomach.

Once he had my ‘stats’ the workout began. How it works is that the machine delivers the set current to your muscles for 4 seconds and then stops for 4 seconds. This goes on for 20 minutes. During that time you do a variety of exercises ranging from squats to bicep curls and lunges. You only hold the position for the 4 seconds the current is delivered.

So what was it like? To be honest, not very nice. I am usually more than happy to try out any form of fitness regime, no matter how extreme it may seem. But this one is not for me. I felt very shaky during it and the sensation was really unpleasant. My muscles were also INCREDIBLY sore the next day and even worse the day after to the point where I couldn’t sit down properly.

Again, if I had perhaps done a particularly hard session at the gym I would have welcome the pain as a sign I had done some good work. But this was different, I don’t really see how it can be classed as exercise. You don’t work up a sweat and as reassuring as the people are about it’s safety, I can’t see how electro muscular stimulation can do your muscles any good.

Can it make you stronger? Fitter? I don’t think so. I could be wrong of course, and I’m sure for people who are recovering from an injury and still want to do some form of exercise it would probably be quite nice for them. But for someone who enjoys exercise in all it’s sweaty red-faced glory, its just not for me.

Have you tried it out? Let me know what you think at community@health24.com 

 Check out FutureFitness for more information here

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