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Know Your Gym Lingo

By Sara Butler

A lot of people are nervous about things they don't even understand. No place is more daunting than when you're at the gym. You know that physical fitness is important to your overall health and wellness, but you may not be trying out something new at the gym simply because you don't understand it. That stops now! Here's some of the lingo you may notice used in fitness classes and what they really mean.

Group Cycling/Spinning

A spinning class is a group cardiovascular workout that takes place on stationary bikes specially made for the class. An instructor takes you through the workout, letting you know when it's time to adjust your resistance and speed. Music is usually played to help enhance the class and help make it a little more fun.

Many spinning classes allow you to set your own resistance level and take the class at your own pace. It's not a complicated class, either. It caters to people of all fitness levels no matter how coordinated and flexible you are. Spinning is also a low-impact workout, which means it's easy on your joints.

BOSU Balance

A BOSU is a device that helps you with your balance. It's like an exercise ball cut in half in which one side is a dome and the other side is a flat platform. BOSU is short for "Both Sides Up" meaning that you can use either the flat or dome side for exercise.

When you take a BOSU class, it includes strength training and cardio, as well as balance training and flexibility exercises performed on the BOSU in order to force you to maintain your body's center of gravity and making the exercises more challenging.

Functional Fitness

Sure, it's important to have strong muscles and a strong heart, but there are a lot of people out there who want to complete the activities of daily living easier. Functional fitness focuses on exercises that help you do things in your daily life better such as lifting a heavy bag or carrying groceries from your car to the house. It helps you to make your core stronger and includes balance exercises. The beauty of functional fitness is that it teaches different muscle groups to work together to save you from injuring yourself doing something that you do each day.

Now that you're acquainted with these classes, why not go to your local gym and give one a try?

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mission Viejo, Calif.

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