Inexpensive Classes to Keep Fit

Becky Cuddihy

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Photo Credit: French Vanoli
Photo Credit: French Vanoli

They say once you start college you’re bound to put on a few pounds within your first year, they call it the ‘Freshmen 15’. As students most of us don’t have the time or the money to spend on a gym membership. The city of Dublin YMCA have a number of classes that are ‘pay as you train’ for €6 a session. Based in Aungier street in Dublin’s city centre, the classes are ideal for students that do not have time to spend hours in the gym every week. One intense class a week might suit some students better, and for a much cheaper price than a gym membership. Below are a lis of the classes that run in the gym.

Break through Bootcamp (BTB) 

Using a variety of workout methods, such as ‘the warm up is the workout,‘ various high intensity interval training modalities (Hurricanes, Tabeta, etc.), strength training with barbells, and bodyweight training,this class will push you beyond your limits and get you fitter than you’ve ever been! If your progress has stalled or hit a plateau, this class will get you moving again.

Ultimate Body Tone (UBT)

This class will focus on working on all your major muscle groups, along with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), ideal for anyone who wants to improve their overall fitness levels and likes a real challenge!

During the class, the instructor will have you performing a combination of barbell, dumbell and body weight exercises, followed by high intensity cardio drills. This class will stimulate a high metabolic response from your body, assisting with keeping off that body fat and toning it in all the right places.

Total Body Blast (TBB) 

A class using high intensity resistance and cardio intervals, interspersed with short rest periods. Using intense anaerobic exercises, your whole body will be challenged. Total Body Blast is great for toning you head to toe, as well as improving cardio-vascular fitness.

50/50

This class uses two main styles of fitness in one! The instructor will alternate between muscle tone exercises and interval cardio exercises. The muscle tone exercises are done with free weights and body weight to add to resistance. The interval cardio exercises are designed to challenge and improve your fitness levels.
Barbell Blast

Barbell Blast will sculpt, tone, and strengthen your entire body, fast! Focusing on low weight loads and high repetition movements, you’ll burn fat, gain strength, and quickly produce lean body muscle conditioning.

Step

Step aerobics is distinguished from other forms of aerobic exercise by its use of an elevated platform. Step aerobics is a great calorie burner. It provides endurance training, which helps maintain the health of the cardiovascular system. 

Body Tone

Body Tone is a workout that challenges all your major muscle groups by using the best weight room exercises like squats, presses, lifts and curls. We use numerous body weight exercises including planks and press ups. Guaranteed to tone!

Ballet Sculpt

This amazing legs, hips, stomach shaping and calorie burning class blends techniques from dance with low-impact moves and is designed for the non-dancer. It’s like vertical Pilates! Our goal is to train your abs to act as a ‘corset,’ focusing on belly tightening and flattening, while strengthening your core. Unlike Pilates, this class is on your feet!

Core Fusion

A strong core means more than flat abs. Flexibility, toned body, even a healthy heart depends on your core. Core Fusion brings together the best of Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Martial Arts and Sports conditioning into one creative workout that will strengthen your core. No usual tedious ab exercises here!

Bootcamp

Known in YLifestyle as the killer class, if you want a tough workout this is the one. Using a range of body weight exercise and sculpting work you will feel the pain but you will get the results quickly. You can expect a tough high octane workout that will tone in all the right places! 

Combat  (As featured in the Irish Independent)

A highly energetic class inspired by numerous disciplines of martial arts such as kickboxing, taekwondo & muay thai. combat is supported by pumping music and high energy instruction. Kick calories ass with aerobic strikes, uppercuts, kicks and jabs. This is a high impact, high intensity and highly enjoyable class that will burn calories super quick.

Spyn* New Bikes in!!!

Spin is traditionally a simulated outdoor cycle indoors. The class on offer here incorporates more of an overall body workout not just focusing on sitting down and standing up on a bike, but press ups stability climbs and overall body workout is achieved without the use of any other equipment.
Expect a high intensity cardio workout that will burn through calories and tone fast!

*Limited spaces, pre-book to secure your spot!

Pilates

Focus is on development of strength through the core of the body, the back, abdomen and through the hips. Pilates concentration is not only on building core strength but also a high focus on building and developing flexibility. Expect an intermediate pilates workout focusing on breathing techniques, flexibility and core strength routines

Beginner Pilates

Focus is on development of strength through the core of the body, the back, abdomen and through the hips. Pilates concentration is not only on building core strength but also a high focus on building and developing flexibility. This is a beginners level pilates workout focusing on breathing techniques, flexibility and core strength exercises

Aerobics

This class mainly involves high intensity quick transition movements to raise the heart rate and get the body into high calorie burning workout mode. This class is full of dynamic moves and simple coreography that’s guaranteed to improve cardio endurance and work up a sweat!

Total Body

This class does exactly it says on the tin; it works the body all over! Using high energy interval training which combines athletic and cardio movements with strength and stabilisation exercises. This class is taught by dynamic instructors with powerful music to motivate you during this total body workout!

For more details and for information on how to get involved in one of these classes, just click here.

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