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Sand Fitness at Sandstorm Beach Club
Variety is the key to any successful exercise program; we hear it all the time. Perhaps its time to spice up your exercise program! Sand Fitness could be just what you need.
The benefits of exercising on soft sand are huge. With the sand absorbing almost all of the impact, the stress on the joints is significantly reduced therefore possibility lowering the risk of injuries. But this doesnt mean the workout is less stressful by any means! You will burn a lot more calories working out in soft sand than on solid surfaces. So how much harder do you have to work? A 1998 Belgian study concluded that walking on dry sand requires 2.1 to 2.7 times more energy than walking on a hard surface at the same speed. Running on sand required 1.6 times more energy than running on a firm surface. Anyone who has tried exercising on sand will understand. Sand provides greater resistance than most surfaces so it requires more energy much quicker.
Incorporating Sand Fitness into your normal training regime is a great way to avoid the dreaded plateau most regular exercisers experience. After training in the sand, training on regular level ground will make you feel like youre accelerating downstream. At Sandstorm Beach Club in Brisbane, the 45 minute sessions aim to increase cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance and burn body fat and its all in the fresh air! Not only will you look and feel great with loads more energy but you can make lots of great friends at these group sessions, giving you a more positive outlook on life and helping you to stay focused and motivated.
At Sandstorm Beach Club there are two 40m x 30m sandpits which accommodate everything from crawling to pulling tyres. There is also a grass bank to extra resistance work, stairs, benches and an array of natural equipment to make it every bit as good as a gym. Participants work as a team in a lot of the different exercises and really encourage and motivate each other to push themselves that bit harder than they normally would if they were just doing a workout at the gym. No two sessions are ever the same. Each session is tailored to meet the fitness needs of each and every client at each session. At most sessions there are people with varying levels of fitness, from former professional athletes with a high fitness level, to participants that have been sedentary for many years, to new mums with special consideration post-pregnancy.
A typical sand fitness workout consists of a 10 minute warm up, specific to the type of session planned for the day. Obviously if the session is focused on aerobic fitness, theres going to be lots of running, sprinting and jumping, so the majority of the warm up is focused on the legs. If its a boxing session or a variety of different circuit stations, both upper and lower body are well warmed up before commencing to ensure injury risks are at a minimum and the heart rate starts to increase gradually. About 25 minutes of high intensity, calorie burning exercise makes up the bulk of the session incorporating all components of fitness such as cardiovascular endurance, strength, muscular endurance, power speed, agility, balance, coordination and reaction time. The heart rate is generally racing by the end of the segment and a cool down helps calm this followed by stretching to ensure participants are able to walk the next day!
If you are a personal trainer wanting to spice up the programs of your clients, or are a regular exerciser who has hit a plateau in your trainingyou may need to consider checking out Sandstorm Beach Clubs Sand Fitness program to kick your program in the butt!
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