There is a new-ish fitness trend that’s growing quickly. The classes consist of treadmill-focused workouts with a combination of strength training routines. The class sizes vary by studio location, but tend to include upwards of 30 participants. While we are always advocates of movement, and love when people find the form of exercise they can stick with and not get bored, we would also like to point out a few issues with a class like this.
Their gym culture is one that embraces a one-size-fits-all class. Technique and form take a backseat, injuries become more and more common in a class of 20 plus people, and routines after a while … well, they just get plain boring! We’ve seen some studio based challenges that encourage participants to lose as much weight as possible, by any means, in short periods of time. According to one website, previous winners have lost up to 60 pounds in 6 weeks, with one winner losing so much weight on her tiny frame that it put her in an alarming under weight category! After winning the money from the challenge, she quickly put the lost weight (and more) back on.
Let us reiterate, if this is the only form of exercise you’ve done, and enjoyed, keep doing what you’re doing! However, if you feel like there may be more out there for you, and you like the sustainable mind-body approach to fitness and health, you should try something new.
The key to sustainable fitness goals is variety - changing up your workout to cause muscle confusion. Muscle confusion is the idea that by constantly changing your workouts, you “confuse” your muscles and thereby increase the stimulation and resulting adaptation. It means you are creating longer term results, and said results are easier to maintain.
So what sets the REBEL Workout apart?
EVERY class contains HIIT and functional training aspects.
High-intensity interval training is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets, and keeps, your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. It increases your metabolism by combining high intensity with interval training which results in EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), or afterburn. This means you’ll still be burning fat - not your hard earned muscle - even after you’ve left our studio.
Functional training focuses on more than one body part - instead of just one muscle - so all of your muscles work together. Your muscles depend on each other and function more efficiently when they work together, and as a result, functional training increases your coordination, balance, and stability. By training muscle groups together, you:
- reduce your risk of injury
- build endurance
- enhance flexibility and range of motion
- develop strength in your stabilizer - or core - muscles
- increase you metabolism
You know what else sets us apart from other fitness studios, aside from all of our classes embracing HIIT and functional training aspects?
Our REBEL classes max out at 12 Rebels per session, so you will get more face time with our trainers who can work with you on modifications, injuries, etc.
We have a selection of classes for you to choose from - and while their names stay the same, the workouts in each class change every.single.day.
Our team includes certified nutritional therapists to help you make healthy, long-term dietary changes.
The best part? You become a part of our kick-ass, super inspiring, all encompassing REBEL family.