Our personal trainers have created a few handy tips to get that look you’ve always wanted:
Little Black Dress Ready
Select the Interval Program. Set the resistance level so it is challenging to maintain 100 strides per minute during the peak of the interval – really push yourself. During the low levels just coast and then crank it up again when resistance goes up. Decrease the resistance level if you start to feel too out of breath.
Power Training for the Weekend Warrior
Best Strength Development: Pick the Strength Program – pedal for your life during the high level then just cruise and get your breath back during the low levels. Repeat for 20 minutes.
Look Great in Your Favorite Pair of Jeans
Best Butt Workout: Pick a low incline (0-3) and increase the resistance until you feel the burn…now don’t slow down. Keep it at 100 strides per minute for best results.
Train Your Heart for Years to Come
Best Endurance Training: Choose the Cardio Program then pick a level that leaves you breathing heavy but not winded while keeping the strides per minute over 100 during the high levels.
Real Life is Mostly One Sided
Even though much of the exercise we do is bilaterally balanced (both arms together or both legs together) the reality is that most tasks in the real world are unilateral (one arm or one leg at a time).
By using two limbs during exercise we load the body very evenly. This puts much less stress on your trunk which allows the muscles to work to a much higher level of resistance. However, when you start a lawn mower, throw a ball or step on the brake on your car you typically do it with one limb. Although at first glance that may seem to be undesirable, it is both unavoidable and offers some hidden benefit. By loading the body asymmetrically, core muscles are engaged to stabilise the trunk.
The next time you get on a chest press, row or leg press, try using one limb at a time to do the exercise. It may take a little longer but you won’t need as many crunches or back extensions to tone up those abs and back.