No energy? No problem

An up-and-coming fitness studio offers a calorie-burning programme that is relaxing, fun and enjoyable for the fitness newbie.

THE increasing demands at work and at home can leave many of us with little energy for a proper workout. Consequently, between navigating the morning traffic and gulping down a late dinner after work, we may eventually find ourselves outgrowing our favourite pair of jeans. Over time, we may even require a whole new wardrobe to make way for our expanding bums and tums.

Fitology, a boutique fitness located in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, offers a calorie-burning programme that is tailored specifically for busy folks who want to look good and get healthy.

The programme, called “Fitology 360”, encompasses a four-step plan that incorporates the key components of good health. These are exercise, detoxification, relaxation and nourishment, all wrapped up into a neat two-and-a-half hour package. Essentially, the programme aims to acquaint the fitness novice with exercise, while introducing proper eating habits, and providing stress relief.

The idea is to make the process of getting fit and healthy fun and enjoyable. These sessions will be something you will look forward to, and will leave you feeling good inside and out, the studio says.

This writer was invited to get a taste of what the programme has to offer. At this trial session, I was introduced to Ferdinand, aka Ferdy, a robust personal trainer who would take me through a 30-minute workout session.

It began with a questionnaire and a fitness assessment to determine my current health condition, fitness level and fitness goals. The nature and intensity of the session will very much depend on these factors.

Naturally, upon discovering my weight-loss goal, Ferdy decided to take me through a cardio-centric session. My little adventure for the day began with a 500m row for time.

“Go as fast as you can! Don’t stop! And breathe,” my trainer urged. I completed the task in under two minutes.

Ferdy later explained that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which involves alternating between intense bouts of exercise and short periods of rest, has been shown to be highly effective in fat burn and weight loss.

Ferdinand aka Ferdy, coaching the writer on the Jacob's ladder.

We proceeded onto machines like the Ropetrainer and the Jacob’s ladder. These machines stimulate full-body functional exercises for cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength, by allowing your body to move in its natural planes of motion, says Ferdy.

He adds that all activities can be customised and conducted by personal trainers, so they are suitable for senior citizens, and also those who suffer from sport injuries.

After the session, I was asked to sit back and relax in a Far Infrared (FIR) sauna. This lasted for roughly 30 minutes.

Termed the “passive burn” stage, the FIR session supposedly continues the metabolic burn post-exercise.

The studio claims that the combination of my earlier workout and the FIR sauna would help my body burn the same amount of calories it would have burned with an hour’s worth of exercise, such as running or swimming.

In addition, the FIR sauna is said to remove toxins, as well as improve skin tone and tissue repair.

They gave me a cool strawberry smoothie afterwards. Besides assisting my weight-loss plan, the smoothie was intended to replenish lost nutrients and fluids from my hour-long workout and detoxification, as well as to refuel my body.

Meanwhile, the hour-long therapy massage that followed was meant to help with post-exercise recovery, and to maintain muscular skeletal well-being.

While I suspect that the Fitology360 programme may not be intended for hardcore exercisers who enjoy a gruelling workout, it will likely help start a fitness newbie on the track towards better health and fitness.

Associating exercise with having a good time reinforces positive feelings, generating higher rates of programme ownership and self-efficacy in the long run.

* The writer is a certified personal trainer and a CrossFit enthusiast who continues to lift despite being told that she now looks 'like a man'.

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