ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BODYFLOW By Emma Hogan for Fit Planet
A motivating blend of yoga, tai chi and Pilates, BODYFLOW will improve your mind, your body and your life.
WHY DOES BODYFLOW WORK? BODYFLOW™ features a scientifically-backed combination of simple yoga moves, with some elements of Tai Chi and Pilates. The moves are carefully curated to strengthen your entire body and increase flexibility, and it’s all set to the perfect music to unwind to – so it’s easy to forget that you’re challenging your body and changing it for the better.
HOW MANY CALORIES DO YOU BURN DOING BODYFLOW? During BODYFLOW the focus is on improving functional core strength, enhancing joint mobility and creating a sense of wellbeing and calm, not calorie-burn. So we suggest you forget about burning calories and instead embrace the increased flexibility, improved strength and reduced stress that BODYFLOW brings.
WHAT EXERCISES DO YOU DO DURING BODYFLOW? BODYFLOW lasses begin with a Tai Chi-inspired warm up, where a focus on breathing sets you up for what is to come – an invigorating series of sun salutations, warrior sequences, hip openers, twists, and some Pilates-inspired core training. The workout closes with a period of relaxation.
DOES BODYFLOW REALLY GET RESULTS? Whether you want to build physical or mental strength, BODYFLOW will make it happen. In a study from Roehampton University in the UK, scientists showed that BODYFLOW can help reduce body fat, increase back strength, improve flexibility and ease anxiety. BODYFLOW has also been shown to drive significant improvements in balance and gait speed, which is a great indicator of increased vitality.
HOW EXPERIENCED DO YOU NEED TO BE? Not at all! If you haven’t tried yoga before then BODYFLOW is a great introduction. Follow your instructor and they will show you all of the appropriate options – don’t worry about what others are doing, just do what feels good for you. When you’re just starting out it’s a good idea to just do the first three or four tracks. And commit to a few sessions from the start, as it can take a few classes to feel comfortable with all of the moves.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU DO BODYFLOW? Just one class a week is all it will take for you to start enjoying the benefits of BODYFLOW. If you’re able to make time for three classes a week you’ll see the physical and mental benefits really shine.
WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR A BODYFLOW WORKOUT? You can use a yoga mat if you fancy, but you don’t need one. You also don’t need any shoes. Simply wear comfortable workout clothes, and ideally have something warm to put on during the final relaxation track.
CAN YOU DO BODYFLOWWHILE PREGNANT? If you’re pregnant, regular BODYFLOW an suggest some modifications for you throughout the class.
CAN YOU SUGGEST A SONG FOR BODYFLOW? Yes absolutely! Please visit our Suggest a Song page. We look forward to seeing your suggestion.
HOW DO YOU BECOME A BODYFLOW INSTRUCTOR? The first step to becoming a BODYFLOW Instructor is to connect with a club or your local Les Mills team. We’ll then provide you with plenty of training, you’ll be assessed, and then you’ll be ready to lead your own classes. You can find out exactly what it takes to become a BODYFLOW Instructor here.
WHERE CAN I DO BODYFLOW? You can find a BODYFLOW class at the Downtown YMCA.
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