We meet the team behind Hiit That! bootcamps to get into shape
Time Out Bahrain staff
If your resolution this year’s to get fit, then look no further. John Maxwell and Esraa Janahi, who together make up HIIT THAT! bootcamps, told us how it’s done.
HIIT, or high intensity interval training to give it its full name, is sometimes known as the ‘ultimate fat incinerator’. It consists of alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise and these short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism and improved fat burning.
Sounds like hard work but according to John, who’s a certified personal trainer from a military background, anyone should be able to do it.
At the first session participants will get some extra attention to make sure they know and are comfortable with the exercises and from there the difficulty of the work-out progresses over a series of weeks as their fitness levels improve.
Participants use equipment such as bar bells, kettle bells, boxes for jumps, equalisers for pull-ups, battle ropes – the heavy ropes you see professional athletes pummeling up and down, which are also known as wind sprints for the arms – bungee ropes, which can looped around a tree or pole for resistance exercise, and a very funky sledge, piled with weights for a weighted sprint.
And though, if you stick with it, you will almost certainly lose weight Esraa, also a certified personal trainer, explained: ‘We design the exercises to be functional so people will build strength and be able to more easily function in their daily lives doing simple tasks from going up stairs to picking up boxes.
‘For many of us, we spend the whole day sitting at a computer so, when we do actually try to use our bodies, it’s not always that easy. What we want is for people to build strength, mobility and agility and, of course, confidence in their own abilities.’
John added that they’ve recently piloted an eight-week programme that will be available in the new year encompassing a strategically staged work-out programme coupled with a diet plan and home exercises – the end result of which should be a body transformation.
But it’s not all just about hard slog. John says: ‘One of the things I most like about our classes is the atmosphere, it gets a bit competitive but people are also having fun, which means they’re much more likely to stick at it.’
And the next step for the pair is to launch children’s classes, based on the same principles. Esraa will shortly qualify as a certified strength and conditioning specialist allowing her to create programmes for young people and she’s determined that weights are the way forward to help the island’s youngsters get fit.
HIIT THAT! is currently available in three locations: Riffa Views (held at the school tennis courts) Monday and Wednesday 6-7pm (mixed) Tala Island (held next to the tennis courts) Sunday and Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm (mixed) Saar Mall (Yellow Submarine facility) Monday and Wednesday 8.30-9.30am (ladies)
Prices are: Four weeks (eight sessions) BD45 Eight weeks (16 sessions) BD80 First session free. For further details email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (39 654 657).
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He says: ‘Participants need no history of training to start as the programme allows for progression as they become better trainers and classes will be small to allow for the best quality of coaching.
‘They will be doing a mixture of traditional weight training and high intensity cardio mostly inside the strength and conditioning centre at Bahrain Rugby Club, although not exclusively.
‘Participants would need to be members at Bahrain Rugby Club.
‘There will be no fluff, no gimmicks I am just after women who will show up and do work, simple as that.
‘Obviously there are limited spaces so they need to sign up well in advance to take part.’
And if the classes book out Tom promises, he will be running similar sessions in the near future and he’s also looking at a similar course for teens in the coming months.
The three-month programme starts January 5 and runs on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with two groups at 6am and 8.30am.