- Published: 14 July 2014
What is it?
Insanity® is a total body conditioning programme, which can see fantastic results if practiced regularly. It’s Max Interval Training – by many accounts an improved version of high-intensity workouts.
What do you do?
• You work out intensively for 3–5 minute blocks
• Stop to catch you breath
• Get straight back to it!
It's called Max Interval Training because it keeps your body working at the maximum capacity throughout the whole workout.
Is this not just regular Interval Training?
|Traditional Interval Training||Insanity® MAX Interval Training|
Short bursts of high intensity cardio with breaks in between intervals
Longer high intensity bursts and shorter 30 second breaks between intervals
MAX Interval Training brings the heart rate up higher, for longer. If you’re dedicated, Insanity® can help maximise your workout and burn upwards of 1000 calories in one workout session alone - a spinning class burns just 331 calories in the same amount of time!
Insanity® pushes your body to its limit – your body will soon learn to adapt. A 60 day programme has proven to make a huge difference.
Here’s an example of an Insanity® workout
Your instructor will take you through your paces in this equipment-free class which involves non-stop strenuous stamina training.
You’ll start with a fast paced warm-up before moving into three intense sets of work, each one targeting a different element of fitness.
You will work out at the very limits of your capability for 3-5 minute bursts of intense, exercises. You’ll have a rest for about 30 seconds and then you’ll do it all again!
Don’t be afraid if this all sounds a bit too much, our instructors can provide low-impact options for each section of the workout so that it suits any fitness level.
Shaun T, Creator of Insanity® says…
“Is Insanity® hard? Oh, yeah. It really IS the hardest workout ever…It's totally crazy...but it's going to get you crazy-good results”
Sign me up!
Luckily for you, the LC Swansea is running Insanity® classes from 16th July 2014. Take a look at the new timetable here and book onto your first Insanity® class by calling 01792 466500.
Go on, give yourself a 60 day challenge!
- Published: 12 July 2014
Deans Health and Fitness Blog
Health and Fitness is a hot topic of discussion at the moment so once a month our health and fitness manager Dean will be keeping us up to date with some great tips and also answering some key fitness related questions:
What is the one thing I should cut out of my diet?
Sugar! Whenever I speak to people who are trying to lose weight or change their lifestyle to become healthier, sugar is the one ingredient I recommend they reduce or remove from their diet (and most people don’t realise just how much they consume.)
Sugary food and drinks tend to be high in calories but contain no essential nutrients, and won’t fill you up. This is is why these foods and drinks contain what is known as “empty” calories. Because they won’t fill you, this makes it easy to over-consume them, and the excess calories can cause you to gain weight.
Sugar also suppresses the immune system, raises insulin levels and can cause obesity. Fill up on fresh fruit to get your sweet fix and save sugary foods for a treat.
I have heard there are ‘good fats’ and ‘bad fats’ – is this true?
Yes, it is true. There are two main types of fat; these are saturated and unsaturated. Unsaturated fat can be found in olive oil, avocados, oily fish and nuts. Despite falling into the ‘fat’ category, these foods are vital for a healthy diet as they help the body absorb certain nutrients, provide a source of both energy and essential fatty acids that the body can’t produce itself.
Saturated fat is found in many prepared foods and fast foods, fatty meats such as sausages, full-fat dairy products and lard. Good fats can help metabolise fat for energy whereas bad fats can clog arteries and cause cholesterol. High levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease, which includes heart attack, stroke and narrowed arteries. Try to ensure your diet stays balanced and avoid saturated fats where possible. Small changes such as leaving spread out of sandwiches and grilling rather than frying will help with this.
Should my children be exercising?
When most adults think about exercise, they think of working out in the gym, running or lifting weights, but for children, exercise can be playing games, riding bikes and running around outdoors.
Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and young children as well as adults. Physical activity will help children develop stronger muscles and bones, ward off obesity and decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, active children also sleep better – a welcomed incentive for many parents! So this summer, encourage your children to stop watching TV or playing video games and go outside and play football or take a long stroll in the fresh air. The importance of an active lifestyle isn’t restricted by age.
Keep an eye out for Dean's next installment.
- Published: 07 July 2014
Who’s Paulo Radmilovic?
Paulo was born in Cardiff in 1886. He is best known for competing in 5 Olympic Games and winning 4 gold medals for Great Britain during his Olympic career.
What did he do?
Paulo’s success came from the men’s water polo and swimming events at the London 1908 games, Stockholm in 1912 and Antwerp in 1920. His achievements remained a British record until 1996 when Tessa Sanderson competed in her sixth games and later in 2000 when Steve Redgrave won his fifth gold medal in the Sydney games.
A few facts…
- Born to a Croatian father and an Irish mother
- He was affectionately known as the ‘Shark Man of the Taff’
- If the 1916 Olympic Games had not been cancelled due to World War 1, Paulo would have competed in 6 events
- He still swam 400 metres a day aged 78
- Died aged 82 in 1968 in Weston-super-Mare where he lived
- Paulo ran the Imperial Hotel in Weston for many years
- In 1967, Paulo was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He was only the second Briton ever to be given the honour
Paulo has been described as Wales' greatest Olympian and for this reason; The LC Swansea will be unveiling two full size commemorative statues on Friday 11th July at 11am. The aim is to remind people of Paulo’s incredible accomplishments and to act as an inspiration to the next generation of athletes. It is most fitting that these statues are now displayed in LC Swansea with our strong sporting heritage and position as a city of sport
Richard Proctor, Chief Executive of Bay Leisure Ltd, will be available throughout event which will last approximately 1 ½ hours. There will be an opportunity for interviews, filming and photography during this time.
If you’d like to find out more about this event, just pop in to the LC or give us a call on 01792 466500.
- Published: 30 June 2014
After months of relentless work with Big Wave Media (and great support from Aaron), the LC are pleased to announce the launch of their brand new website designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation. Our new website is updated with all of our latest information about everything we offer here at the LC and there are some exciting new changes including some fun interactive games with our very own Tommy the Turtle.
With its brand new look and design we hope you enjoy the new site.
- Published: 24 June 2014
The latest fitness craze 'Insanity' is coming soon to the LC. Laurie, one of our fitness team, is currently perfecting her class ready to launch in time to get your beach body ready – who will be brave enough to give it a go??