BWW Weighs In: The Best Bang For Your Buck and Body
It's no secret that the fitness scene is booming. In most major cities, there's a class for literally every type of physical experience your heart could desire, from pilates to bootcamp, from yoga to cycle, from circuit training to dance cardio, and more. The choices are endless, but I'm betting your schedule and wallet are not.
If you're anything like my NYC-based clients, you are running from audition to rehearsal to your day job to dance class while trying to find time to workout. With so many boutique fitness studios thriving, you might be asking the same question as my clients; which fitness class best suits my needs? With limited time and a limited budget, what's the best bang for my buck AND body?
The first step is determining your goals. Are you giving appropriate attention to strength, conditioning, and regeneration? What is your regimen lacking? Are you aiming to change your body composition, strengthen your muscles to protect against injury, force yourself to slow down, have fun, improve your cardiovascular capacity, get your sweat on, or stretch tight muscles? Once your goal is determined, find the class that best fits your needs. This is where you need to get honest with yourself and honest about what the class is truly offering.
Dance cardio can be super fun, sweaty, and spike your heart rate, but will it help you strengthen your muscles to protect against injury? Probably not. A strength based class with resistance (kettlebells, dumbbells, TRX, pilates reformer, etc.) would better suit your cross training goals. Maybe you're recovering from an injury, or perhaps you are dancing eight shows a week; your time and money might be better suited working with lower intensity in a pilates class that will help you get in touch with all of the deep muscles in your core, legs, arms, and back. You will still get your sweat on, feel super connected to your center, and walk out of the session standing an inch taller. Or perhaps, you already lift at the gym, take ballet class, and work two jobs, but lack time for regeneration? In that case, a designated hour of yoga might be the best use of your time and finances. Your body will appreciate the stretch and moderate intensity strengthening (depending on style of yoga), and your mind will be oozing positive, centered vibes. Namaste.
Whether we like it or not, booking jobs is partially based on appearances. I often see performers who want to lean out and change their body composition. Most think that doing more cardio is what they need, so they load up on cycle, treadmill, and dance cardio classes and before you know it, they're exhausted, hungry, and softer than they were before. Let me tell you a little secret, more cardio is NOT always the answer!