Variety is the spice of gym life

November 27th, 2019 5:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

Rowing is tough but it's a brilliant form of cardio.

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Fitness with Paudie O'Donovan, with Neuromuscular Physical Therapist

WEST Cork boasts some incredibly good gyms that offer a variety of training sessions. 

Circuit training, HIIT, TRX cables, bodypump, men’s fit and 20-20 workouts are just some of the classes you can sign up to depending on what you’re looking for and that’s outside of all the personal training options. 

These classes usually last for 40-45 minutes. And after just a few weeks of going to them you’ll start feeling more confident. If you become fond of one particular exercise then you could look for a class in that such as kettle bells. 

But regardless, my one great tip for you is to watch other gym users. 

See how they use certain machines and certain free weights and then give it a go yourself while concentrating on good form and good technique. If you’re still not sure don’t be reluctant to ask your gym instructor for the correct way to use it once you have the basic idea. 

Like I said last week, it’s correct technique and breathing that is important. It’s not about how much weight you are capable of lifting.

Rowing machine

Modern indoor rowing machines are often known as ergo meters as they measure the amount of work performed. 

The indoor rower is calibrated to measure the amount of energy the rower is using through their use of the equipment. 

Watching the onscreen information let’s you know what distance you are doing and the wattage you are putting out. 

The rowing machine can be intense so it can definitely be part of your cardio workout. Spend 20 minutes on the rowing machine and you’ll soon discover the kind of training Garry and Paul go through. 

Rowing is tough but a brilliant form of fitness.

Spinning bike

This is another great way to pack in a cardiovascular workout and again it’s very low impact. You will need an introduction class before you jump on these bikes as they are different to a bike that you are used to cycling. 

They work on a weighted flywheel system that is directly mechanically linked to the pedals. This makes them like fixed gear bikes, in that if you stop pushing on the pedals, they will tend to keep spinning due to the inertia of the flywheel. 

Spinning classes are very popular in every gym. So between treadmills, cross-trainers, rowing machine and spinning bikes there’s loads to choose from to make sure you get the most from your workout. Keep up the good work and don’t be discouraged by the cold spell. 

Paudie O’Donovan is a neuromuscular physical therapist specialising in pain relief and improvement of mobility/flexibility. 

He is a masseur to the Cork senior football team and runs a sports injury clinic in Skibbereen.

Fully registered with  Laya and Aviva

Contact: 086-2339618 or follow him on Facebook


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