I’m in a bit of a rut when it comes to fitness. After an injury in late 2014, I’ve never fully got back to my Body Pumpin’, treadmill pounding best. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve still been exercising – trying new classes and running when I can, but my heart hasn’t really been in it and that’s obvious from the results. I’m by no means out of shape, but I’m nowhere near my half-marathon able, super-toned best of a few years ago (below).
After a stressful year of wedding planning, 2015 was a bit of a fitness write-off so 2016 is my year to get back on the fitness wagon and really push myself – which is why when I heard about Hour Of Power I was all ears. Billing itself as ‘a fitness class that allows you to develop the mental focus of a yoga master, the core muscle conditioning of a gymnast, the high-energy & fat-burning capability of an elite cyclist, and yet the full-body muscle development of a gym athlete’ I had to give it a try.
The concept was created by father and son Drago and Rajko Radovic and the basic premise is high repetition exercises using small weights. Simple enough right? Well here’s the kicker – the class is taken up a notch by the fact that you have to be moving constantly. Jogging on the spot + lifting weights = increased heart rate + more calories burned and that’s a formula I like the sound of.
I’ve tried this workout DVD three times this week and after each session I definitely feel like I’ve worked hard. Believe me, the burn is real! My aim is to try this 3/4 times a week along with a run and another gym session thrown in for extra measure. Bikini season, I’m coming for ya!