Im older than most people think and that’s a good thing.
After over two decades in fitness, I like to think that the least it has done is keep me looking a little better than most people in my peer group who don’t keep fit. Apart from being healthy, I have a good memory for fitness trends and I have seen them come and go.
Keep fit has a lot in common with Hollywood movies and here’s why.
Sometimes a really cool film will get released, let’s say it’s a horror film, and everyone will go and see it. If it’s good then they tell their friends and they go and see it.
As a result it does well at the box office,makes a lot of money and gets lots of media coverage.
So the producers decide its a good earner and they make another one.
Sometimes it’s OK (Rocky 2, Aliens) and sometimes it’s a dud (Jaws 2, Grease 2).
Keep fit classes are a bit like that. Now, if you like your films, I am sure, like me, you re-watch your favourites over and over again, just like you go to your favourite classes every week.
There’s nothing wrong with that, in fact, we count on you all coming back to your favourite class every week as you are paying our wages.
So that’s why I still love a lot of classes that may not be in fashion today but are still hugely popular and effective.
There are plenty of new classes out there and thats great too.
But sometimes those new classes are almost just re makes of old classics. (Total Recall, Starsky and Hutch, The A Team)
Now everyone is currently enjoying Metafit in various gyms and fitness studios up and down the country.
Metafit is a tough no nonsense workout that requires a great deal of fitness and commitment to get through.
Almost 15 years ago fitness instructors were delivering circuit training classes the same way. A series of intense exercises repeated in a tight time scale with a short break inbetween. Brilliant! The press up and burpee have long been a staple in circuit training classes and were not just invented recently.
Even more recently, HIIT classes (High Intensity Interval Training) became very popular, I taught Tabata sessions in Irvine for over a year before Metafit and many of my clients told me of the huge similarities between those classes and Metafit.
An old classic remade (Planet of the Apes).
Zumba has become a worldwide fitness phenomena and quite rightly too.
But how many of you out there remember Salsacise?
It was a terrific aerobic workout that was all choreographed using Latin American dance steps to bouncing Latin rhythms. Sound familiar?
It’s no wonder Zumba became so popular when it already had a great pre-sold public. A classic rebooted for a new audience.(Footloose)
Les Mills has become a worldwide fitness franchise that has a fantastic list of classes well loved by gym-goers everywhere. The flagship class, Body Pump, uses a barbell and weights and the participant has to lift the bar and weights in a series of different ways to work all the major muscle groups. Just the same way that people in gyms have always lifted weights. Its just been wonderfully repackaged and given a soundtrack.
The same goes for Body Balance, another Les Mills class,which is a fusion of Yoga and Pilates, and we know how long Yoga has been around (some say it’s been available in some shape or form for over 2000 years) so this could be the ultimate remake. (Casino Royale)
The true test of an effective class is its longevity and if you look around you will find plenty of old school classes on offer.
If you have any keep fit memories of old classes, I would love to hear from you.
Get in touch with me at the Herald and I will print my favourites.
Right I’m off to watch Get Carter (with Michael Caine,not Sly Stallone).