Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I need to bring with me?

A sticky yoga mat is required if you are doing the Yoga/Pilates class, you can use any mat for the Full Body Tone or the Fat Burning and Toning classes.
A bottle of water.
* If you need to borrow a mat please let me know in advance, thank you.

What do I need to wear?

Wear something that you feel comfortable to exercise in and trainers. Trainers that will challenge your balance – MBT’s for example will not be allowed.

If I miss a class can I make it up?

Yes, you can catch up your missed classes within the 12 week period, once the course is finished the you won’t be able to catch up your missed classes during the new course. You must notify the instructor before 12pm if you wish to cancel your class and rearrange it for another day or time. Please read terms and conditions.

Can I pay as I go?

Yes

Do I have to pay the full amount up front?

You can make a first payment of minimum €50 on the first night and the balance can be arranged to be paid at a later date.

Can I still do the class if I have an injury?

You will need to provide a medical clearance. You must discuss your injury with the instructor in advance. A 24 hour notice must be given.

Is there car parking facilities?

yes, we have a private car park and it’s free.

What are the benefits of Strength Training?

There are benefits to weight training no matter your age or fitness level.

Weight training adds to your body lean muscle mass, which over time consumes more calories than fat, and therefore helps keep your weight down.
It makes your muscles stronger and better equipped to go through the motion of life. In fact, increasing the strength of your lower back is the top way to avoid lower-back pain. And somehow it decreases the aging of your heart, arteries and immune systems. Most of all, weight training builds bones. It’s one of the best things you can do to maintain and build bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
How?

Bone will form in response to stress, so when muscles pull on the bones during weight lifting, they stimulate the bone to increase its density making resistance training a bone-stimulating activity.

Now, weight training doesn’t have to come in the form of bench-pressing. What’s important is that you do some kind of weight-bearing, resistance exercise – that is, exercise in which your body pushes and pulls against some kind of resistance, whether it’s by lifting dumbbells, using an exercise machine, pushing or pulling exercise tubes or bands, or even using your own body weight. The right amount of repetitions (eight to twelve) where your muscles fatigue to the point of failure puts your bones under the stress they need in order to regrow, maintain and build their density.

Your bones don’t need much resistance in order to grow. Just thirty minutes of weight-bearing exercise a week is all you need to maintain and build your bones. If you split into three ten-minute sessions, you’ll still gain the maximum benefit.

Best of all, strength training helps you stay slim. If you don’t do strength-building exercises, you lose 5 percent of your muscle mass every ten years (the average woman loses two pounds of muscle every ten years after age thirty, the average man three pounds). Adding muscle burns fat because muscle needs energy to survive: a pound of muscle uses between 75 and 150 calories a day (remember, it’s working and using energy), while a pound of fat needs only 3 calories a day (fat does nothing to help your body, so it doesn’t need much energy to maintain itself). That muscle buildg takes only a few minutes- ten minutes, three times a week to maintain muscle mass.

Resistance training strengthens your muscles, but the benefits extend to your bones and joints as well by increasing the flexibility of your joints, remodelling your bone structure and building a skeletal support system with stronger muscles.

Other benefits:

Improved glucose uptake in the muscles by as much as 26%, which is important in dealing with obesity and diabetes
Improved nerve efficiency, co-ordination and motor skills
Improved posture and muscular balance
Increase in gastrointestinal transit time. This is the body ability to go to the toilet. Helps prevent irritable bowel syndrome and digestive disorders.

What are the benefits of relaxation exercises?

1. Reduction of generalised anxiety

2. Decrease in stress-related physical symptoms

3. Increased energy and productivity

4. Improved concentration, memory and creativity

5. Reduction of insomnia and fatigue

6. Prevention and/or reduction of psychosomatic disorders such as hypertension, migraines, headaches, asthma, ulcers.

7. Increased self confidence and reduced self-blame

8. Reduce blood pressure

9. Slows down our heart rate

10. Releases physical tension as the muscles relax

11. Red blood cells are built in good quantities

12. Digestion is improved

13. When stressed we tend to overreact and not cope as well with life’s challenges, we become intolerant, irritable and impatient

14. When we relax our body’s natural state of balance is restored. When our body is out of balance our immune system is compromised. Whereas when our body is in a state of balance its natural healing and repairing abilities are at their best. The result is improved health, more energy and vitality and a general feeling of well being…

What are the benefits of stretching?

  • Prevents blood clotting and improves blood flow and oxygen supply to the body
  • Improves posture and allows correct alignment of the body
  • Muscle preparation- the muscles become more pliable
  • Increases synovial fluid into joints to make them more moveable
  • Helps to get rid of stiffness in the body
  • Reduces risks of injury and helps to heal existing injuries
  • Improves nerve function to specific muscles
  • Relaxes your mind and body and improves your breathing
  • Improves flexibility and balance
  • Increases strength by toning up the muscles
  • Massages and stimulate the internal organs and improves their function…