Members only: how health clubs supercharge your fitness and wellness
With a raft of fitness options available, it can be difficult to select the best option for you. If you’re starting out and not sure where to turn, a health club will guide you through all things fitness as you improve your skills and health. Here’s why they are ideal for all people from absolute beginners through to elite athletes.
A premier health club delivers far more than a room to work out and a place to change. While it’s tempting to sign up for an uber low-cost gym, these are often staffed on limited hours, leaving you in the most part, to train by yourself. If you’re a time poor, multi-tasker, you might sign up for an online workout, then be interrupted by pets, children, or the all too common case of the I’ll-do-it-tomorrows. A separate, dedicated space for fitness helps you to focus on your training and consistently improve your form and strength. There really isn’t any substitute for personal interaction. A minor tweak from a passing trainer can mean the difference between good form or potential for injury, especially when you’re working hard or feeling tired.
Weight loss plateau
Although most of us have a general idea about exercise, it’s been shown a personalised program with graduated difficulty is the most efficient in improving fitness. Health clubs offer regular program reviews and assessments to make sure what you’re doing suits your body and your goals. Although any exercise is better than no exercise, the right exercise saves you time and money in the longer term. Even with the most rigorous training program, our clever bodies adjust and ‘allocate’ the amount of calories for what it expects it will be doing. This is why after a while, doing the same exercises will not give you the same results – weight loss can slow down, and fitness improvement may also stall. This is a sign that you need to mix it up and cross-train, add intervals or try a new type of movement. A health club has all the equipment, classes and personal trainers to help you add the essential variety that a good workout requires.
Live low, train high
If you’re looking to train in an entirely new way, for example, you might want to give altitude training a try. Previously the domain of professional athletes, training at a hypoxic facility delivers a raft of extra fitness benefits. While you might not need to pre-acclimatise to altitude for everyday life, the reduced oxygen rate provided in an altitude fitness environment improves athletic performance and your body’s ability to metabolise fat. An improved metabolic rate means even when you’re not working out, your body is more efficient at expending energy. So, yes, you can increase the number of calories you burn even when you’re not exercising!
Rehabilitation goals, general health and fitness and professional athletes all benefit from this type of exercise which is the equivalent of training at 3000 metres. For the premier altitude training facility in Melbourne, the modern altitude facilities at South Pacific Health Club in St Kilda are the only to offer zoned attitude training. Here you can train at altitude in several, large spaces across a variety of classes like yoga, boxing, cycling and functional fitness.