Staying fit and healthy has never been more fun. There are a variety of group fitness classes offered at health clubs in every major city with the goal of keeping the community fit and healthy. Les Mills, is an innovator in group exercise class formats. You may be familiar with the Les Mills company from the popular BodyPump class. Les Mills' new kid on the block is called Body Balance.
Les Mills is a global company known for creating fun and challenging group exercise class formats. Body Balance is a class created by Les Mills that combines exercises from Pilates, yoga, and tai chi, creating a 55-minute workout to center the body while lengthening and strengthening the muscles.
Body Balance helps improve overall fitness, but the class focuses more on mind-centering types of exercise, using breathing techniques. Body Balance classes are popping up in gyms all over the globe. Check your local gym for Body Balance classes or visit LesMills.com to find a Body Balance class in your area (see Resources).
Each BodyBalance class is formatted to include 55 minutes of exercise. The class begins with a tai chi warm-up of flowing moves. Next, is a series of yoga movements including; sun salutations, to warm up the body, followed by standing stretches, balances and hip openers. Once that segment is complete, you will move to the floor for core work, twists and bends. The class then ends with meditation and observation of the effects of the class on the body and mental state.
Body Balance classes aim to improve cardiovascular fitness, reduce stress levels and improve flexibility. The company claims that people attending classes experienced reduced stress levels and an overall sense of calm and well-being.
Body Balance classes are formatted to accommodate a wide range of fitness levels. However, expectant mothers may need to take special precautions during class to ensure the safety of both mother and baby. Les Mills provides a list of golden rules for expectant mothers to follow during class at BodyBalance.com (see Resources).