Explore This Issue. View Past Issues. By Rachelle Mahoney - September 12, Each song track focuses on a different muscle group, with a warm-up and cool-down track opening and closing the class, and requires various weights heavier for the bigger muscle groups, lighter for the smaller ones. The class is one hour long, suitable for all fitness levels and ideal for those who want to add weight lifting into their routine. This hour-long weight lifting class takes place in a group fitness studio with an instructor at the front of the class demonstrating movements and form, while performing the reps with you, all choreographed to high-energy often popular music tracks. Bring water, and arrive early, because this class requires a bit of set up. Many instructors will encourage you to stay through the first four tracks, then come back next time and add on a track, and so on and so forth until you can stay through the entire class—but this is up to your discretion. Pick a spot near the front of the room so you can see the instructor and yourself in one of the mirrors, preferably.
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The science (or lack of) behind the rep effect
Nothing close by? Instructors will coach you through the scientifically-backed moves and techniques pumping out encouragement, motivation and great music — helping you achieve much more than on your own! It is also available in some clubs as a virtual workout. This full-body barbell workout will burn calories, shape and tone your entire body, increase core strength and improve bone health. See findings from the Les Mills Lab for more evidence. All you need is comfortable workout clothes, supportive shoes, a drink bottle and a sweat towel.
Do those claims hold up to independent research? Researchers expressed concerns that a high number of reps could lead to improper technique and injury. Les Mills offers strength, plyo, cardio, weights, martial arts, indoor cycling, and minute high-intensity interval training all set to a custom playlist of music. They also sell clothing, workout equipment, music, and snacks.
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