It is February and we are still in for several more weeks, maybe even months, of winter. For skiers and snowboarders who exercise outside, this is good news. Alternatively, those without a snow sport hobby may be feeling in a bit of a workout rut from being stuck inside. We are here to help! For our followers who have not yet made it in for classes, let me say that aerial classes are guaranteed to breathe new life into your workouts! There is a reason aerialists are so fit and it is NOT because we work our butts off...it's simply because we like to play! With just a little work up front to learn some basic skills, every workout thereafter becomes playtime!
And for those of you looking to cross train, let me introduce you to Tabata training. Tabata training is a HIIT (high intensity interval training) format that involves a period of high intensity activity (typically 20 seconds) followed by a period of rest (typically 10 seconds), in rounds of 8. This training format can be applied to any type of exercise, from standard weight training (squats or pushups), to cardio (jump jacks or mountain climbers), to conditioning for acrobatics. They key to Tabata is that the exercise phase is "HIGH INTENSITY," so don't just work...WORK HARD!
I love to add variety into my workouts by hopping on a treadmill with a Tabata playlist playing on my headphones. The cues in the music will guide you through when you should be working and when you should be resting (on the treadmill, I rest by standing on the edges of the treadmill while the track is still running). But, if you decide to try Tabata on a treadmill, please be careful getting on and off the track!
Here are my favorite Tabata tracks:
I like to move it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mXlKYuMc7U
I took a pill in Ibiza: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dy1JmIKuGk
Alternative to the treadmill, you can also give Tabata a try in my HIIT class. This is a month-long series for small group personal training, with just a few women allowed in each month. I personally love the small class environment because of the camaraderie in the group. Plus, I am more motivated to stick to showing up for my workouts when others are expecting me.
Whatever exercise modality you settle on, don't forget to incorporate rest days. Rest days are an important part of the strength building process when you give your muscles a chance to heal and recover. If you are constantly breaking down muscle fiber by training every day, you are missing a very important part of the strength building formula. I use HIIT/Tabata only about twice per week.
As always, let me know if you have questions on getting started. Or let me know how workouts are going for you...aerial, Tabata or otherwise! We are here to make fitness fun so just give us a shout! XOXO, Mindy
Article by Mindy Cochran. Mindy is the founder of Kalispell's Levitation Nation Aerial Studio, where the catch phrase "fitness is fun" is embodied alongside a culture of movement & women empowerment. Mindy is also a columnist for "Montana Woman Magazine." Her column "The Real Levitation Experience" shares expertise for elevating health and wellness that she has acquired through her certifications as a personal trainer, nutrition coach, and life coach. For more about Mindy, please visit: https://www.levitationnation.org/mindy.