3 Fun ways to GET fit

If you’re tired of the same workout routine, you might want to shake things up this spring. We tried some of the best exercises on the North Coast…

On entering the Pilates Pod, it’s clear that Luelle Roberts is passionate about Pilates. She took the time to explain how the practice works to unlock the core muscles, and guided us patiently through our mat class. She demonstrated each movement, encouraged us to focus carefully on our breath, and to move with intention. We also had the chance to try the reformers in the fully-equipped studio – using BASI Systems finely crafted Pilates equipment, these machines are designed to isolate muscles for a low-impact, but highly effective workout. After our class, we popped downstairs for a refreshing iced coffee from Coffee Lab. Details: FITPOD, The Studios, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, www.fitpod.co.za, 087 460 0451, [email protected]

Even if a high-intensity workout isn’t your cup of tea, Cands Jenkinson at FLOW The Studio will find a way to make it fun. With her wicked sense of humour, positive energy and an excellent playlist, she had us moving (and giggling) for a full hour of exercise. The Sculpt and HIIT class combines some of the basics of yoga with strength training, mat work and a bit of cardio for a full-body workout. With motivation from Cands, plus some modifications to suit any level, we pushed through the high-intensity intervals and left the class feeling like we had accomplished something (even if we were a little stiff the next day!)
Details: FLOW The Studio, Makers Yard, Umhlali, www.flowthestudio.co.za, 071 415 6531, IG: flow_the_studio

When we heard that rebounding – the workout made popular by Lisa Raleigh – had made its way to the North Coast, we simply had to give it a try for ourselves. The studio at Sugar Village is fully equipped with everything you need, including rebounders (small trampolines), weights, and resistance bands. Our lovely instructor Lisa G guided us through our session, which had us sweating (and smiling) as we bounced. The workout certainly got our heartrates up, worked the leg muscles and core, but was gentle on the joints. Lisa G explained that one of the benefits of rebounding is its ability to stimulate the lymphatic system – the exercise helps to flush out toxins and other waste products.
Details: Bounti Ballito by Lisa G, Sugar Village, Umhlali, @bounti_ballito

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