July is BURN month in SGT!

It’s hot, it’s sweaty, it’s time to BURN it up at The Sweatshop! In our Small Group Training (SGT classes aka groups of 3-10 people working with a personal trainer) program, we alternate between 3 different types of exercise.

Burn – Cardio exercise is so important for building the strength of your heart, blood vessels and lungs. The stronger these are, the more efficient your body is at transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout its systems.

Blast – Using plyometric movements, agility training and exercises for flexibility, we work to improve balance, coordination, speed and skill.

Build – Muscle mass naturally diminishes with age. If you don’t do anything to replace it, your body fat will increase. Strength training improves bone density, controls your weight and boosts your stamina.

Each month our focus will shift from one of these main focuses to another. This will allow you to progress through your workouts and see measureable and real changes that will keep you excited and coming back!

Did you know that your heart is a muscle? It is, and it needs exercise to stay strong. Specifically, exercise that gets your heart rate up.

Imagine your heart like a six-cylinder engine: when it’s brand new it’s just waiting to put out that big roar of power. Then, for the next twenty years, you drive that motor with just two of the six cylinders,. The other four never move because you want to save fuel. That is, until you decide that after all that time you want to crank that old baby up again. How do you think those four long-neglected cylinders will react?

When you do cardio, your body’s cells need more oxygen and nutrients. To keep up with this demand, it will strengthen the delivery system bringing it to them: the lungs get  more capacity, the heart is able to pump more blood and the blood vessels are reinforced.

For your cells, this strengthened system means that they get more nutrients delivered all the time. Where before your cardiovascular network was like a maze of narrow side streets, it is now a bunch of wide lanes where no delivery trucks get stuck in.

Cardio can also reduce stress, ease depression, increase bone density and improve your sleep. So come get your burn on during July!


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