Hey everyone! I’m here in Portland, absolutely loving the weather and vibe- what a cool place to spend the weekend! I can’t wait to check out some of your suggestions -already on a Voodoo Donut mission- catch up up with some blog friends and enjoy the conference.
When I briefly mentioned Les Mills Grit last week, I got an offer from Bek, who teaches Les Mills formats, to write a guest post. I was so excited, especially since I’ve been curious about Grit and have heard mixed reviews. It’s not currently offered in Tucson -or if you know something I don’t, I’d love the info the take a class!- but if Grit is offered near you, here’s what to expect. Take it away, Bek! 🙂
My name is Bek and I blog over at the healthy lifestyle blog Crave. I’m from Australia, studying primary teaching but very passionate about health fitness; which is why I’m also a Les Mills Group Fitness Instructor (and soon to be PT!).
So when I read that Gina wasn’t doing a Focus On for Grit because she heard so many negative things I was crushed! I mean, I could not let you guys miss out on the amazing experience that is the Grit programs.
The Grit Series is from the Group Fitness Hot Shots Les Mills and features a new type of training- Team Training. The three programs include Grit Cardio, Grit Strength and Grit Plyo. I live in Australia so I’ve had the chance to participate in Grit Strength for a while and was newly introduced to Grit Cardio at FILEX, with Grit Plyo to come 😉
All the Grit programs involve thirty minute intense programs (HIIT) each with their own flavour. The Cardio is purely cardio based, Strength features weights and equipment, and I’m assuming Plyo will be plyo based also. They also incorporate HIIT and are all about working intensely and accomplishing a lot in a little bit of time.
They’re different from traditional group fitness as they use a team training approach where the instructors are on the same level as you and often only model the moves before moving around to correct form and motivate.
What to expect?
- To sweat
- To work really hard and push fitness limits
- To want to give up (but not!)
- 5-6 tracks including an accelerated warm up and abs at the end
- Plenty of options. Whilst Grit may not be completely beginner-friendly (although it’d get you fit quickly if you’re not!) it really is doable for people of all shapes and sizes- trust me I’ve seen it!
What to wear?
- Your typical gym attire- nothing too baggy or that will need constant pulling down and plucky 😉
- Good shoes
- No jumpers! ha
- Results…need I say more?
- The time goes so quickly (my mum who is a newbie gym exerciser absolutely died during but loved that it was only thirty minutes). Good if you’re time poor also, a very effective use of time.
- Constant motivation
- Having someone there who can help you one on one with technique
- Burning high calories (for the time)
- Constantly going, so you won’t get bored
- Getting fitter faster
- Time for recovery given between rounds/sets to allow maximum effort during ‘working’ times
- SO much time and research has gone into the formulation of these programs. Les Mills is (personally) the best in the business and you know you’re getting a credible and kick ass program and workout every time
- You actually have to work really hard, might not be the best after a looonnnggg day…or maybe it’s the perfect thing for it? 😉 But you have those days when you’re like, yeh I just want to chill through this workout ha
- The intensity may turn people off
- Less fit people may feel conscious taking options
- Not all gyms offer the programs as they are relatively new
I guess my biggest tip to you would be to try it and give it a chance. I love working hard and as an instructor who normally prefers instructing than participating I really get my butt handed to me in both Grit Strength (mixture of weights and cardio stuff) and Grit Cardio (all cardio baby). I and so many other people have got results from it… plus would you rather spend 30 mins working it or an hour on the boring treadmill (HATE the tready ha).
Plus, for fun check out this video to see it in action! (The following video is of Grit Strength) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXThSsYS5N0
Have you ever tried any of the Grit programs? What did you think?