Goodlife Members??? Best group fitness classes???

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

CX Works is amazing. It’s mostly abs/core workout and they will work you hard. I also like the flexi-bar class, but it’s not a big calorie burner. It helps give your smaller muscles some tone and definition, but it’s a lot easier than Pump or CX Works.

I still haven’t tried the dance classes, but my bff goes to their Zumba and Sh-bam classes all the time and loves them.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@mu_t:  +1 to pump! Probably my favorite class!
I’d also second cx works. It’s half an hour, so I usually pair it with 20-30 mins of cardio, so it’s a good combination of sweatyness and strength training.

This one isn’t a huge calorie burner, but I love body flow- it’s a mix of yoga tai chi and pilates. I find it’s still more of a workout than a regular yoga class, plus this way you don’t have to go to a separate yoga studio and pay extra.

For their cardio classes, I really like body attack. It’s intense! I know a lot of people really enjoy body combat, but I prefer attack. I think the avg carlorie burn for attack is like 5-10 calories less than combat, but attack feels more intense to me.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mu_t:  Body pump is my favourite!!!!!!!! I also love CX works and body flow such great strength work outs. I have tried cobat but not too fond of it. I also love Zuma too but it all depends on the teacher in that class

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@mu_t:  That’s awesome! I’ve heard rumours of a couple of our goodlifes in my area might be getting hot yoga studios, and that price is VERY good!! I’ve never heard of flexibar before. It seems like it takes my area forver to get new classes in!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I used to teach fitness classes while I was in university.  I’m really picky with instructors and classes as a result.  Across the board I love GL’s spin classes (I like All Terrain better than RPM, but I’ll go to either.)  Body Attack is pretty high impact and I sweat like crazy.  I enjoy it.  My SO loves Body Flow.  I haven’t tried it.  I like higher intensity stuff and I’m not much of a yogi.  I’ve agreed to go and give it a whirl, I could use the flexibility work to round everything out.  

I also want to give Body Combat a whirl.  CTX is awesome and hurts like you wouldn’t believe.  It’s the one with the suspension straps, but its usually extra. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I think a lot of it depends on your instructor!  I love BodyCombat but my favourite instructor moved away and no longer teachers near me. 🙁  The one close to my office is okay…but mostly I like it anyway because it’s a great workout and I don’t get bored as easily as I do on the cardio machines.

I LOVE Zumba – but that also really depends on your instructor.  I have an amazing one right near my office and he ensures that it’s a good workout because there are lots of up-tempo songs and jumps.  I do find that many other instructors I’ve had made the class a bit too easy, though.

I also have an amazing spinning instructor – All Terrain as opposed to RPM.  He’s super energetic, and he makes the room feel like a club because he turns down the lights and really cranks the music.  He’s also always updating the music, which is great.  Kicks my butt so hard.

I’d love to try Kangoo but the timing of the class isn’t great.  I’ve also taken the Jillian Michaels BodyShred and that WAS SO INTENSE.  That was nearly excruciating.  I sweat like a monster even though it was only half an hour, and I needed to take a seat at reception to collect myself before I could leave! 😛

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

@futuremrs1986:  &  @sostobe:  What kinds of exercises do you do in Attack?  Is it like bootcamp?  Is there a ton of jumping around?  I’ve really wanted to try it but have been afraid to because I have a weak back (previous injury), although I can do a Combat class, no problem.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

yeah, lots of jumping and lateral movements. You do 4 tracks of cardio to get you to a cardio peak, then do 1 track of strength (lower body), then do four more cardio tracks to get you to the next cardio peak, then another strength (upper body) then abs!
Here’s a video.. I’m sur eif you youtube you can find more footage as well.
Some of the moves are little silly, but it’s a great workout. I once heard someon describe it as cheerleading on crack, but it’s not as dancey as zumba or anything.

http://w3.lesmills.com/global/en/classes/bodyattack/latest-release/

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

If you have a weak back, have you tried stability ball work?  They don’t offer a class at GL, but I used to teach a stability ball class at a private gym.  It’s a great core workout to help strengthen your back (I damaged my spinal cord when I was 22.  When I got through recovery my whole body was much weaker than it was prior – I’d been a competitive athlete and it was a sports injury.)  Stability ball really brought my body back to feeling strong and athletic. 

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