Over the past three weeks, I have been doing a new Les Mills class called Tone once a week. I usually go to the gym at 6am weekdays and Tone is offered on a Wednesday at this time at my local Les Mills club. It’s also the day and time when I have PT, so up until recently I wasn’t able to do Tone. However, my trainer went on a holiday, freeing up my Wednesdays for a few weeks, so I have been able to try this class for the first time.
Tone is a mixture of cardio, resistance and core (in that order) in a 45 minute group fitness class. It’s a really good use of time as you get a complete work out, unlike other Les Mills programmes. At first I was sceptical about whether Tone would be similar to Body Vive which I didn’t find very challenging, but I quickly realised that Tone is definitely not a soft option! The cardio tracks are similar to what you would do in Body Attack. For the resistance work, you use light plates and sometimes the band, which is needed again for the core work. There are a lot of burpees and sometimes running is involved. I’m usually sweating heavily after a couple of cardio tracks and by the end of the class, I feel knackered.
I’ve been enjoying the class so much that I’m going to try and change the day I do PT so it frees up my Wednesdays for Tone! I highly recommend Tone if you want a varied workout in a relatively short space of time. In just three weeks, I have seen a vast improvement in my fitness and I’m excited to see what new releases are in store for us in the future.
Today is my birthday. To celebrate, I decided to try a new class at the gym called The Trip which I’ve been wanting to do for some time, but never managed to fit into my schedule. Les Mills recently created a 3-D virtual indoor cycling experience. My local gym is in Howick and the class is offered on a big screen without an instructor. However, it is possible to take the class with an instructor at the Newmarket branch, which I hope to do in the future. Apparently, this makes for an even better ride!
As the name indicates, The Trip takes you on a journey through some futuristic towns and a number of challenges in “chambers”. The graphics are amazing. You really do feel as though you’re on the cycle track displayed on the screen. As the road twists and turns, you find yourself veering sideways. As you see hills approaching, you naturally feel inclined to add more resistance and stand, even before the cues. When it’s downhill, you automatically release resistance and speed up. There’s music playing in the background and a voice-over gives you instructions and encouragement from time to time. The Trip lasts for 40 minutes. I found it much more challenging than a regular RPM class. By the end, I was absolutely exhausted.
I really enjoyed The Trip. Apparently, there are currently eight different versions of The Trip at the moment, which ensures a different experience if you take the class regularly. My only slight criticism is that it can leave you feeling a little nauseous. From time to time I found myself looking away from the screen and then I felt better. I highly recommend The Trip and can’t wait until my next experience.