Imagine yourself in IMMERSIVE FITNESS by Les Mills

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’ve always loved group fitness classes. They make working out actually fun and I’ve always enjoyed the motivational atmosphere.

However, with time – it can get repetitive and boring. I haven’t actually been to any group fitness classes in a long time. I get bored easily. It sometimes still feels like work and I don’t really want it to. I just want some excitement dammit.

And then, I saw this….

The video stars Genevieve Aitken, a 25-year-old stunt performer and actress whose recent projects include Mad Max, The Hobbit trilogy and Evil Dead.

This is nuts because this is actually a totally new concept that Les Mills is doing that is set to revolutionize the fitness industry. It’s called “Immersive Fitness.” Ummm what?!

This new concept in studio fitness that features cinema quality video content projected onto screens of a purpose-built studio. Instructors cue exercise moves that synchronize perfectly with music and graphics, creating a truly immersive fitness experience. The new concept is the integration of technology, exercise education and creative design.

Can I just say I want this in my gym! How exciting does this look!? Seriously!?

If you wanna learn how to experience this… Currently, there are plans for a US tour in 2015 that would feature pop-up, purpose built studios to allow consumers to try the experience. The dates and cities of the tour are TBD, but you can receive updates if they sign up at:http://www.lesmills.com/immersivefitness or follow along @http://instagram.com/thepr0ject

Do you belong to a gym?
Would you like to see Immersive Fitness offered at your local gym?

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The next level of fitness is here. IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ surrounds participants with cinema quality video content projected onto screens of a purpose-built studio. Exercise moves synchronize perfectly with music and graphics, creating a truly immersive fitness experience. Learn more!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

The next level of fitness is here. IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ surrounds participants with cinema quality video content projected onto screens of a purpose-built studio.  Exercise moves synchronize perfectly with music and graphics, creating a truly immersive fitness experience. Learn more

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

How to prepare for your first race

Preparing for your first race?

Perhaps it is an item to cross of your bucket list. Maybe it’s a way to stay in shape. It could be a way to stay active with your family.

No matter what your reason is for starting your running journey, it likely will include a race. Races are a great way to celebrate the training miles you have put in!

How to prepare for your first race?

When it comes to your first race, it can be a little overwhelming. No matter the distance, no matter the size of the event, no matter where the race is – here are some tips to make your first race experience a great one!

5 Tips to Prepare for your First Race

1. Do a little research.

When it comes to your first race, the nerves can definitely rise. Be prepared for what race day holds by researching your race! Check out the website, look for race recaps or even email the race director. This will help you prepare for how many runners you will encounter, the race course, water stations, parking, etc – meaning less nerves on race day.

2. Leave the time goals behind.

Sure, you may have an idea of what time you would like to finish your race in. Good news – since this is your first race, it is an automatic personal record! Leave your time goals behind and take in everything your first race experience includes. You will have plenty of other opportunities to work on that time goal!

3. Nothing new on race day.

During your training, you have used certain clothes, shoes, fuel, etc. Use these same items on race day! Don’t try a new pre-race dinner. Don’t drink coffee before the race if you haven’t before. And don’t wear a new outfit or shoes. Stick with what you KNOW works, and you won’t pay for it in the middle of the race!

4. Have a mantra.

Things happen during a race. Maybe the weather isn’t what you were expecting. Maybe there is a hill midway through the race that seems to last forever. Maybe your legs start to feel sore. Prepare by having a mantra ready. This quote, saying or song lyric is what can push you through and get you to the finish line!

5. Enjoy every mile.

You will never get a first race experience again, so take it all in! Read the signs. High five the spectators. Look at the scenery. Take in the excitement. Enjoy every single mile – you have worked hard for this moment!

 

With these tips, your first race is a memory you will cherish forever. No matter how you cross the finish line, it is a great accomplishment and should be celebrated – so be sure to celebrate well!

 

megan-headshotAbout the Author:

Megan Biller is a lady on the run in Michigan. Three years ago she began running, and since has run multiple 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon races, including the multi-day runDisney Dopey Challenge. She chronicles her running journey on her blog, Running Toward the Prize and is the author of Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World

How to Maximize your Cardio Routine? (First Friday Fitness #1 Video)

Do you love cardio? Or do you wish you didn’t have to do it?

Regardless of your answer, I’m sure there are times where you just wanted to skip it entirely (exhibit A). That’s why I wanted the first topic for our new feature “First Friday Fitness” video series to be about exactly that – cardio and how to maximize your benefits of doing cardio in less time! Sounds good?

How to maximize your cardio routine

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What is Kundalini Yoga?

Have you ever heard of Kundalini Yoga?

I haven’t. To tell you the truth, I thought Kundalini Yoga was just a name of the yoga studio I was going to. I had no idea it was an entirely different practice of yoga! It was my first time trying this type of yoga and I am so excited to tell you about it.

You are reading this right now, but I am writing it 10 minutes after the practice ended, Thursday at 1pm* (please see note below). The practice was only 45 minutes long and I figured it would be an ideal time frame for a quick yoga session during lunch time. I haven’t done yoga in months and I had been craving it. So I went to a Kundalini Yoga in the Loop lead by Hari Dev.

What is Kundalini Yoga?

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