Calling all yoga bunnies and spiritual minds! If you love yoga, our BodyBalance™ class by Les Mills is designed to strengthen and centre the body and the mind.
Throughout this holistically inspired fitness class, we’ll work on your flexibility, through bending and stretching using a number of yoga moves, plus elements of Tai Chi and Pilates. So, what's it all about?
"A motivating blend of yoga, tai chi and Pilates, BODYBALANCE will improve your mind, your body and your life."
WHY DOES BODYBALANCE WORK?
BodyBalance™ features a scientifically-backed combination of simple yoga moves, with some elements of Tai Chi and Pilates. The moves are carefully curated to strengthen your entire body and increase flexibility, and it’s all set to the perfect music to unwind to – so it’s easy to forget that you’re challenging your body and changing it for the better.
HOW MANY CALORIES DO YOU BURN DOING BODYBALANCE?
During BodyBalance the focus is on improving functional core strength, enhancing joint mobility and creating a sense of wellbeing and calm, not calorie-burn. So we suggest you forget about burning calories and instead embrace the increased flexibility, improved strength and reduced stress that BodyBalance brings.
WHAT EXERCISES DO YOU DO DURING BODYBALANCE?
We'll begin with a Tai Chi-inspired warm up, where a focus on breathing sets you up for what is to come – an invigorating series of sun salutations, warrior sequences, hip openers, twists, and some Pilates-inspired core training. The workout wraps up with a period of relaxation.
DOES BODYBALANCE REALLY GET RESULTS?
Whether you want to build physical or mental strength, BodyBalance will make it happen. In a study from Roehampton University in the UK, scientists showed that BodyBalance can help reduce body fat, increase back strength, improve flexibility and ease anxiety.
It has also been shown to drive significant improvements in balance and gait speed, which is a great indicator of increased vitality.
I'M A BODYBALANCE NEWBIE!
No problem! If you haven’t tried yoga before then BodyBalance is a great introduction. Follow your instructor and they will show you all of the appropriate options – don’t worry about what others are doing, just do what feels good for you.
When you’re just starting out it’s a good idea to just do the first three or four tracks. And commit to a few sessions from the start, as it can take a few classes to feel comfortable with all of the moves.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU DO BODYBALANCE?
Just one class a week is all it will take for you to start enjoying the benefits of BodyBalance. If you’re able to make time for three classes a week you’ll see the physical and mental benefits really shine.
WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR A BODYBALANCE WORKOUT?
You can use a yoga mat if you fancy, but you don’t need one. You also don’t need any shoes. Simply wear comfortable workout clothes, and ideally have something warm to put on during the final relaxation track.
CAN YOU DO BODYBALANCE WHILE PREGNANT?
If you’re pregnant, regular BodyBalance sessions can be great for helping maintain core control and muscle balance. But before you begin we recommend talking with your doctor or midwife who will advise you appropriately, as they have the best knowledge of your medical history.
It’s also important to let your Instructor know you’re pregnant so they can suggest some modifications for you throughout the class.
The Benefits of BodyBalance
Our Les Mills BodyBalance class is a real all-rounder, perfect for all ages and fitness levels. Whether you're an octogenarian keen to keep your body active or a twenty-something keen to try one of the most popular new fitness trends, make it your own!
THE SEASONED GYMMERS
You know your way around the gym floor, have tried most of the traditional fitness classes, but now you're looking for something new to get you excited.
👍 A great full body workout to strengthen the body and improve muscle definition... without pounding the treadmill or lifting weights.
👍 BodyBalance is a great way to get your workout done with friends. Bring your bestie, steal your spotter or persuade your partner to try it with you for the ultimate social sweat session!
👍 You love a pumping playlist to motivate you through your workout. Our BodyBalance class features a tracklist designed to energise your body and relax the mind. The likes of Sam Smith, Rihanna and Maroon 5 will help get you there.
THE OVER 50's
Our older members at Village Gym Edinburgh say this is one of their favourites for a full body, low intensity workout. (Find out more: BodyBalance Edinburgh)
👍 Strengthen the body to help you accomplish day-to-day activities more easily
👍 Enjoy a full body workout without impact on the joints - ideal for those with low back pain or stiff joints
👍 As we age, our metabolism slows. Our BodyBalance class will help to keep the body burning calories (approx 390 per class)
👍 BodyBalance will leave you feeling calmer and able to sleep better
👍 Improve your flexibility through gentle stretching techniques
👍 Improve the mobility of your joints
THE NEW MUMS
👍 Repair and rebuild muscles following pregnancy
👍 Improve back strength. Whether you're currently pregnant or carrying a toddler about, a strong back is essential for new Mums!
👍 Help you to breathe better, a great way to prepare for childbirth using calming breathing techniques
👍 Increase metabolism to aid weight loss. Our BodyBalance class will help you to burn around 390 calories per class.
👍 Relieve stress - they say those first few months are the worst! Keep your cool with regular BodyBalance classes.
👍 BodyBalance will leave you feeling calmer and able to sleep better - you'll need all the sleep you can get!
Tendency to fall over? Often found hobbling? Friends call you clumsy? BodyBalance is a safe choice for you, allowing you to enjoy a full body workout without risk of injuring yourself!
👍 Improve your balance and posture to prevent falls or a misaligned spine
👍 Help improve the mobility of your joints to avoid stuffness or injury
👍 Repair and rebuild muscles
👍 Strengthen the body including the core muscles and back
THE SERIAL DIETERS
You've tried every celebrity-endorsed fad diet out there, though the scales are refusing to budge. You prefer to focus on food rather than hit the gym in order to achieve your weight loss goals.
👍 BodyBalance is a great option for those who want to work out without hitting the gym floor. Bring your friends along and make it a sociable session!
👍 Raise your metabolism and burn calories (approx 390 per class)
👍 BodyBalance will reduce stress, which can cause you to overeat, and also help you to sleep better, keeping your metabolism regulated.
👍 Increased motivation to stick at it. Working out in a group gives you more accountability and can encourage us to work harder than we would on our own
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
BodyBalance is all about fluid movements, so you'll want to wear something that allows you to move, stretch and contort your body without feeling restricted.
Choose a vest or tee that fits snugly, preferably made from lightweight fabric. Loose tops will just fall over your head during a downward dog, or restrict your movements during stretches. If you're not a fan of clingy tops, choose something that's loose fitting at the top, but with a drawstring hemline to prevent it from riding up.
Check how your bottoms stretch! Thin fabrics can go very sheer when stretched into a yoga pose. Check out your booty before you hit the BodyBalance studio to avoid any embarrassing underwear reveals!
Muscle tank tops, racerback vests or fitted tshirts are great for BodyBalance.
HOW DO I BOOK?
Book your BodyBalance class via the app or view the class timetable at your club.