As part of her Switch360 program, Editor, Debbie Rogers was introduced to a whole range of different types of exercise across Dubai. One of the classes and systems that she absolutely fell in love with and is really passionate about and still trains at is KO8.
Debbie was so impressed with the KO8 system and team that we have asked Sean Clancy, Academy Director to write for us in each issue about various fitness issues. Have something that you want to know about Fitness or Training, do drop us a line.
By Sean Clancy: Academy Director – KO8
As a fitness educator I constantly ask myself “What do people want?”. Exercise ideas and trends can come and go. What was cool last year can often be gone the next, but ultimately I’ve found that there is a common pattern amongst people I ask. Almost everyone says that they want to improve the way they look and the way they feel, which may seem typical, but another thing that keeps popping up is that they want to have fun along the way.
Exercise should not be boring, and it certainly doesn’t have to be. Sadly, a lot of the feedback I receive when I ask people about their past experiences includes being sick and tired of the same boring and mundane training programmes and working with personal trainers that aren’t very motivating.
Let’s face it, getting in shape is hard work! I believe that if something’s hard to do you must disguise the hard work with something that’s interesting. Going back to my football days, the coaches would do exactly the same thing to us. They would plan a session which involved a disgusting amount of running BUT they would smartly involve the ball in some way that would keep our minds stimulated distracting us from realising how difficult the session actually was.
The players aptly nicknamed these drills “Disguised Running”. Running without a ball was boring and painful, we hated every second of it! Add a ball, and it wasn’t nearly half as bad. The only reason for this is because when a footballer has a ball at their feet they aren’t concentrating on the intense workload, they’re just having fun!
My goal is to highlight the fun in exercise and to get people breaking a sweat with a smile on their face. Human beings are hard wired to move toward things that make them happy so my formula is very simple. Create a new healthy habit based on the feel-good factor that involves frequent exercise and enjoyment. This will almost certainly tick all three boxes that I mentioned earlier. Feeling Good, Looking Good, Having Fun!
Time to make some changes
- So I challenge you to find this for yourself. Find a trainer / training method that brings back the buzz.
- Change things up and go for something new that will shock your system and kick start your metabolism so you can see and feel the progress.
- If you find yourself going to the gym and doing the same routines every time you go, its no wonder you aren’t seeing the results you want! The body is a very clever system, it learns and adapts.
- If you want validation from an elite expert check out Arnold Schwarzenegger’s quotes on shocking the system. He would constantly try to ‘outsmart’ his body by training differently as often as possible to avoid the training plateau and continue to make gains.
So how can you find something new and where should you start?
Everyone has their own individual interests but if you’re asking for my suggestions I welcome you to try KO8! ~ Sean Clancy
Feeling Good, Looking Good, Having Fun!
KO8 is a training method that has made an impact on the Dubai fitness scene. It is a dynamic functional movement workout consisting of bodyweight suspension and resistance exercises that will certainly burn a ton of calories while shaping, strengthening and sculpting your body. You can count on having a good time during a KO8 session too as there is a vibrant atmosphere and a lively, friendly crowd. Come and try it out down at NRG Fitness based at Marina Walk or at Fit Inc in DIFC
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