Join me for a fantastic 30 minute workout on Saturday mornings!
I love teaching outdoor fitness classes. There’s nothing quite like the mood-boosting benefits of being outdoors in the fresh air, raising your heart rate and feeling your muscles working.
So many of my clients tell me that they find it really hard to make exercise a priority and it so often slips off the to-do list. I’m a working parent and can totally relate to this, but I also know how good exercise makes me feel, both inside and out, so it really is worth finding a way of fitting it in to your weekly routine.
That’s why I’ve created HIIT the Rec. It’s a full body, 30 minute workout which takes place on my local village recreation ground, first thing on Saturday mornings. Based on the principles of HIIT (or High Intensity Interval Training), it comprises a mixture of strengthening and cardio moves and is structured so that you work hard for short periods, followed by a further short period of rest. HIIT the Rec is a great all-rounder, toning all the major muscle groups and getting your lungs working and heart pumping.
Is it hard? Well, yes, but you only ever work at your own fitness level. This is really important as no-one is ever left behind in a HIIT the Rec class. If you’re a total beginner, please don’t feel daunted as there are loads of different options for each exercise and I encourage you to take rest as and when you need to – trust me when I say that everyone is so focused on what they’re doing in a HIIT the Rec class, nobody will be checking out what you’re doing! Plus, if you come regularly, you’ll soon see big improvements in your fitness, build lean muscle and feel great – there’s nothing quite like HIIT for the mood-boosting sense of achievement you feel after a class – lots of people have said that it really sets them up for the weekend.
I’ve got loads of experience teaching HIIT to classes and clients and am with you every step of the way to make sure you get the very best out of every session.
When are your classes? Every Saturday at 8.30am.
How much is it? £5 per class.
Where does it take place? Onslow Village Recreation Ground, Onslow Village, Guildford (contact me to find out where on the Rec we meet).
Do I need to book? Yes, booking is essential for your first class, as I need you to complete a quick medical questionnaire before you come along – please contact me and I can send you the link. Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, just turn up as and when you’re ready.
What if it rains? We carry on! There’s nothing like a workout in the rain to make you feel truly invigorated. We’ve even done a HIIT the Rec in the snow! In the event of severe weather where it is unsafe for us to train then an announcement will be made via the CLC Fitness Facebook page, so don’t forget to “like” and “follow” for the latest class updates.
I’m a beginner – can I still come? Yes! Contact me to book your place and I can also answer any questions you may have at the same time.
Is this just for girls? Nope, this one’s for the guys as well.
Can I bring my children? You’re welcome to bring children with you to watch, or to use the children’s playground which is situated in the Rec, on the understanding that you remain responsible for them at all times. Sometimes I am asked whether children are able to join in at HIIT the Rec. I advise that it is best for children to wait until they are 16 before coming along to the class as a participant. Although there is an increasing body of research showing that HIIT can be a highly beneficial form of exercise for children, this is best delivered in an environment where the exercises and intensity are tailored to their unique age and stage of development, and they are carefully monitored to ensure each exercise is performed correctly. This is absolutely crucial in order to avoid injury or too much strain on growing bones and joints. I love doing HIIT with my boys at home where I can keep a close eye on them – so watch this space for a child-friendly class in the future.
I’ve just had a baby, will this be suitable for me? There are no hard and fast rules as to when you can start HIIT classes after a baby, as every body is so different, so, provided you’ve had your 6 week check up with your GP and been given the “all clear”, I would suggest getting in contact with me so we can discuss your post-baby return to exercise a little further. Due to its high intensity, this class is not generally suitable during pregnancy.