On your marks, get set and get toned with Body Conditioning. Now a common fixture on many exercise class schedules, body conditioning promises to work your whole body and improve your overall fitness.
There are three distinct types of body conditioning – what you’ll get in a fitness class, what athletes might do in preparation for their sport, and the exercises that may be prescribed by a physiotherapist.
A body conditioning class will generally aim to give you a full body work out through both cardio and resistance exercises and as a result, may leave you walking like a weirdo for the next couple of days. You’ll probably start off by doing some cardio routines to some energetic music – similar to aerobics – and then moving on to some more focused resistance work. You’ll probably be using floor mats and hand weights during this section, so it’s worth checking whether these are provided before you go. Wear clothing and footwear that you’ll be comfortable doing both parts of the class in, and ladies you’ll probably require a sports bra so that it’s you - and not them - bouncing around.
If you’re slightly more focused than the rest of us, body conditioning can also be used as part of a dedicated training schedule. The types of exercises used will vary depending on the sport you’re doing, but they’ll work on strengthening the areas of the body that will help you to perform to your highest ability. For example, body conditioning prior to martial arts training will be designed to prepare the body for any minor injuries that might be sustained during a fight. Physiotherapy is a type of body conditioning as it works to rebuild small muscles that have been damaged during sport or another type of accident. After body conditioning with a physiotherapist, your body should be much more prepared to cope with any stress that may fall on the injured area in the future.
Body conditioning is one of the best classes for those looking to improve their overall fitness and tone up. It’s completely adaptable to all fitness levels, and the aerobics section won’t leave those more “co-ordinately challenged” trying to escape out the back door. So whether you’re a beginner or a pro, give it a go!
Swiss exercise balls (that are sometimes used during body conditioning classes) work by forcing your core muscles into action as you try to maintain balance.