Due to the adverse weather conditions we were forced into making today a gym day.
So over to Total Fitness in Blanchardstown we went and when we arrived we were told that we'd be doing a ‘spinning class' which was put on by one of the instructors at the gym.
Spinning is an aerobic exercise which takes place on a specially designed stationary bike. As you pedal, motivational music plays and the instructor talks you through the different intensities that he wants you to do.
During the class you vary your pace, sometimes pedaling as fast as you can, other times cranking up the tension and pedaling slowly from a standing position.
After a 45 minute class, we had a 10 minute break to have a drink and a stretch before we headed into one of the gym studios where circuit training had been set out for us. Once again, the stations included core exercises, sit ups, press ups, skipping, balance exercises and other strength exercises.
We were to do 3 sets of decreasing times: 40, 30 and 20 seconds. Special mention must go to Alan Cawley who introduced us to the ‘Baby Giraffe on ice' style of skipping.
When the 3 circuits were complete we were told to make use of the hydro-therapy pool that they have at the gym to cool down. The hydro-therapy pool is like a big jacuzzi which helps ease muscle fatigue.
It's good to have the facilities at Total Fitness because it means we can still do a good work out if the weather is as bad as it has been.
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