With Fashion Week just around the corner, the world’s most beautiful people will soon be strutting through the streets of London. What better time to get inspired and reboot the health and fitness regime! If you are looking to achieve the ultimate model body in a healthy and sensible way, Fitness First’s Tom Eastham recommends utilising their unique Freestyle area to achieve a full body model workout. The Freestyle area combines challenging new ideas, equipment, and exercises. Creating a workout with maximum effectiveness from every movement, it never lets you get comfortable in a routine or tired in your thinking as every freestyle workout is different.
Try these exercises, alongside a balanced and nutritious diet, and you will be working your own runway in time for the Autumn/Winter collection!
SandBells are fast becoming one of the most popular workout tools. The Neoprine sand-filled weights are a cross between a sandbag, dumbbell, grip bag, medicine ball and kettlebell. The main focus of a SandBell workout is legs, arms, core and back whilst also incorporating strength and power to create muscle defining results. Fitness First are now offering a full 45 minute instructor-led SandBell class which focuses on endurance, power and speed.
- Sandbell Rainbow Slam: Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width distance apart, SandBell on floor just outside of the right foot. Squat to pick up the SandBell with a two hand grip, keep a flat back and lower with the legs, not at the hips. Start standing up and simultaneously rotate the SandBell directly overhead. Keep arms extended and move in a rainbow motion.
This complete strength and conditioning program is like no other and works the entire body in one satisfying bout of movement. The rope system encourages strength and stamina to increase dramatically, no matter whether it’s a novice or athlete working the ropes. The workout requires the user to slam thick ropes on the ground in a gratifying workout that directly targets the core and arms amongst other areas. For a good example of an exercise see here:
- Power slams: Take the ropes in each hand. With a tight grip get into a quarter-squat position, with your arms out straight rest your arms on your thighs. Then raise the rope with force and flex and extend your shoulders, and slam the rope down as you squat. After the slam, extend your hip and stand up, returning to the starting position.
- Jumping Jacks: Hold the battle rope in both hands with your arms out straight and your hands placed on your thigh, make sure there is enough slack in the rope. Then, simply do a jumping jack, pulling your arms above your head and stretching your legs out to the side, whilst still holding onto the rope. Land with your feet together and bring the rope back to the starting position. Do as many as you can, building up to more repetitions each workout.
- Swing Squat: Stand with your feet together and hold the kettlebell in front of your thighs. Step out with your right foot, pushing you hips back and lower down into a squat swing the kettle bell back between your legs. Swing the bell up in front of your chest, making sure you keep your arms extended, and step your right foot back to your left foot. Do this movement as many times as you can maintaining your form for 30 seconds and then alternate legs and do it with your left leg.
- Gunslinger Lunge: Start with your feet together, hold the kettle bell in your left hand with your arm resting against your side. Make sure you maintain good posture with your knees soft and a slight arch in your back. Then step back with your left leg and lower into a lunge. The perform a bicep curl by bending your left arm pull the kettle bell up so that there is a 90 degree angle from your elbow. Keep a tight grip on the kettle bell, not allowing you wrist to slacken, then return to the starting position. To begin with attempt 12-15 repetitions in a row on each side.