I’ve been on a fitness hiatus for quite some time now, the usual suspects i.e. work and studies have been keeping me very busy. I have managed to maintain my healthy eating and staying in shape but my general fitness levels have dipped a bit.
So when Health24ed asked who would be up for 4 free training sessions with a Flex-Sports trainer I jumped at the opportunity.
I wasn’t sure what to expect I knew it was some sort of hand held product used to exercise with.
I met up with the trainer, Gordon at Virgin Active Lower, Long Street. He is in such good shape I was a bit worried that I would not be able to keep up.
The product we would be using is the XCO-Trainer. It was originally used as a rehabilitation tool. It is a cupped, anodised aluminium tube, part filled with a highly specialised, irregular granulate mass. This loose oscillating mass serves as the patented secret of the XCO-TRAINER®, which originated from the field of physiotherapeutic rehabilitation.
Through the dynamic movement of the XCO®, the loose mass is propelled from one side of the tube to the other and thereby creates the Reactive Impact. The determining factor is not the weight of the training tool, but rather the amount of force that is applied in each movement.
It’s a versatile training tool that everyone can use for strength, flexibility, speed. coordination and weight loss goals.
• Reactive Impact training
• Total body workout
• Increased stamina and endurance
• Improves running style
• Burn up to 33% more calories
• Reduce your training time
• Protects joints and ligaments
• Increase heart rate by up to 25bpm when walking
• Increase in fitness, strength and core stability
We would be doing a 20 minute session, a series of exercises combined with the trainer.
Let me just say those XCOs might look deceiving but they pack a punch. We started with some light movement and then things got a lot interesting.
We did lunges, jumping lunges, right and left hook punches, squats, jumping squats. I was a bit too enthusiastic and got a bit light headed so we had to take a break and I guzzled on some water. We ended with some crunches.
It’s a hectic intense workout; the cardio aspect combined with the XCOs really back a punch. I had some stiffness in my thighs, butt, and stomach the next day. It was a good feeling, muscles waking up again I forgot just how amazing it feels to get moving.
On Wednesday I had my second session, I ate a heavier breakfast to avoid the dizzy spells.
We started with some warm ups and then we took it hard.
Did a combination of:
- Jumping squats
- Jumping lunges
- Right and left hook punches
- Overhead tricep extension with squats
- Left and right lateral pull down with a knee lift
- Overhead extensions
I thoroughly enjoyed the session and Gordon remarked that I was looking much stronger this time around.
This week I’ll be having the last two sessions looking forward to them. Go XCO!