If you’ve been neglecting your workout regime during the long summer break (and grimacing at the resulting extra kilos), it’s time to think about kick-starting your fitness programme so we’ve come up with some fun, and different, ways to try.
Predator workout If you’re thinking big cats (as opposed to dodgy American supernatural, jungle movies) then you’d be spot on, in fact that’s even the logo of the new Predator Workout from Latin Dance Bahraini. It’s born from the concept of a permanent lifestyle change, altering your habits in the way you look after your appearance, health and body, how you eat, dress, interact with society and yourself.
According to the organisers ‘Predator is the answer to the universal question: how to change my life – physically, mentally and socially?’
It’s a 69-day training programme focused not only on the aesthetics - the final result of your endeavours - but more on the mental aspects - the character and self-esteem.
The Predator Workout has four dimensions. First comes a medical consultation as well as basic health and clinical analysis.
Then there is an extreme 60 days of physical training focussing firstly on the aerobic aspect and resistance and later moving onto anaerobic exercise with machine training in the gym. The physical training is based on different martial arts such as capoeira, muay thai, boxing and kick boxing, dance routines, drawing on Peruvian trainer Amed’s South American background, and stretching, all this practised in various locations to make the everyday training more entertaining and less of a chore. You’re working out six days a week and all the workouts are one-to-one sessions with a qualified trainer, life coach and motivator.
Nutrition is a fundamental part of every training programme and physical conditioning, so you have to learn to be aware of the importance of natural foods such as fish, fruit and vegetables.
And in the last stage of the programme the trainee learns how to lead his/her new lifestyle without a personal trainer to depend on, switching instead to a monthly assessment and consultation.
Prices vary depending on how much weight you want to lose and the intensity of the training needed but a basic 69-day course will set you back around BD300. Call (33 889 821)
Brazilian Pump Keeping up the South American theme, you could try a 10-week course of Brazilian pump at Life Fit.
Think of the regular body pump where you work with weights to high-intensity music and then imagine setting it to some Latin beats.
The moves are great fun but it’s a real hard workout and the instructor, though really popular with both guys and girls, is a very hard task master. It’s one of our current faves, we’ll let you know how things are going at the end of the 10 weeks but so far we’re feeling all fired up and having loads offun. A ten-week course costs BD45 or it’s BD5 for individual classes - sign up, it’ll keep you going. Call (17 692 424)
Paleo Challenge The guys at Tribal have just started their new season of outdoor training sessions and, if you really want to take it seriously, check out the Ten Day Paleo Lifestyle Challenge. It’s all about getting back to basics, raw and unprocessed foods, exercise that doesn’t use the gym, eating right and sleeping right and committing to give it your best shot for a set period to see the results. Classes take place at various locations around the island. See www.tribalfitness.com for details.