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make it a more remote chance. "Common sense
precautions, such as ensuring you have appropriate
footwear and the floor space around you is clear
in a group fitness studio, is a good place to start,"
But if you are a complete beginner and nervous
you might grapevine into a fellow exerciser or cough
up a lung trying to keep up with the instructor s
enthusiasm, get thee to a swimming pool.
One of the best ways to induct yourself into the
world of aerobics is to take an aqua aerobics class.
With the support of the water and a flota-
tion belt, these classes are very low impact, which
means your joints won t suffer while you work up
a sweat. Most gyms with a swimming pool have
these classes, as do the major swimming pools in
Perth such as Challenge Stadium and Beatty Park.
If high intensity is key, the stationary bike is the
latest fitness tool used in aerobics classes.
Les Mills has coined its cycle classes RPM and
participants burn roughly 639 calories per class
(based on a 75kg person).
Catchphrases like "dance like Lance" (refer-
ring to cycling hero Lance Armstrong), "pedal
power" and "turn the dial up" (the dial increases
or decreases resistance) are shouted throughout the
45-minute indoor cycling class.
Cycle classes follow the same format as other
aerobics classes with a warm up, tracks that come
to a peak (stand up for a mountain climb or pedal
furiously for a seated time trial), before a welcome
cool down and stretch at the end.
The sounds of Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga
blast from the loudspeakers. The strong beat is great
to pedal to while inspirational lyrics make you think
you re having fun as you pour with sweat. To get a
full body work out, Maureen says you can t go past
a step class.
"In aerobics you can really drop your heart rate
by trying to do fast and tricky moves and then los-
ing the plot," she says. "Step is a good one because
even if you re making mistakes, you re still pushing
your body weight up and down so your heart rate
should remain high."
The latest craze to hit our shores is Zumba, a
55-minute, high-energy class based on Latin dance
steps with easy-to-follow moves that incorporate
some resistance training (hand weights).
Colombian fitness trainer Beto Perez created
Zumba, calling his fresh aerobics concept "a fit-
ness party". There are various places to try it out,
visit danzeloca.com to find a local venue offering
Zumba. Despite crazes regularly refreshing the
world of aerobics, one steadfast rule applies to
To see results, Maureen says you have to workout
consistently, which means giving up couch time at
least three times a week for an aerobics class.
And make sure you supplement your workouts
with a healthy eating regime -- it s no use spend-
ing hours rocking out to Bodyattack or Maureen s
New Body program if you re scoffing Mars bars. sm
To find a Les Mills class near you, visit lesmills.com.
au where 108 WA clubs await your attendance.
If you are interested in the freestyle aerobics of
Workout Fitness Centre, visit Maureen at her studio
at 36 Eric Street (above the Cottesloe Mews shopping
centre) or call (08) 9384 9220.
The days of shiny spandex, leotards and -- dare
I say? -- the unitard, have all but passed and
aerobics fashions are now more about comfort
and flattering styles. I mean, who knows who you
might meet at Body Combat? And, getting your-
self down to an aerobics class is far more enticing
when you have something awesome to wear, so
invest in your health and fitness, and try some of
the latest styles.
• Lorna Jane's Flashdance pants ($69.99) and
Fitness Fanatic singlet ($40.99) for something
fun. Visit lornajane.com.au.
• Brasilfit's Under Knee Zambia tights ($119)
and Singlet X Buzios ($89) for a sexy look.
• Running Bare's Easy Wear ½ tights ($60), the
classic workout pants.
STEP IT UP: Step is one of the easiest ways
to get a hard work out in the aerobics world,
because just stepping up and down gives the
thighs and buttocks a workout.
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