Friday, April 25, 2008
Style File: Fitness
Need to be rescued from some extra pounds? You can get in shape like the lifeguards do or if you prefer, you can stand on a plate that promises to shake off the weight. We've got the latest fitness fads in tonight's Style File.
WSVN -- For those of you who dream about looking like a Baywatch babe, Crunch Gym in South Beach has created the "Rescue Me" fitness class.
Lifeguard Liz Rhodes from Miami Beach Ocean Rescue will get you in life-saving shape.
Liz Rhodes: "To be a lifeguard you have to be in really good shape. You have to have endurance, strength and agility to save somebody. People who come to this class will definitely be as strong as you and I would be, if you were a lifeguard."
As the sun comes up, and the waves roll in, Liz takes you through an hour of out-of-water training drills that real lifeguards do.
Liz Rhodes: "Running, agility training, and then we move on to do our push-ups, sit-ups and crunches."
Combine that with the sand, and remember to keep your eye on the water.
Liz Rhodes: "Face the water. A lifeguard never turns his back on the water."
You'll need saving from some sore muscles.
Melise Senaydin: "I definitely think I got an idea of what lifeguards go through when they are training, especially, the rigament of everything and how hard it is."
Rafael Reig: "After this class, I feel like I could rescue someone. It gives me the strength and speed to run after someone."
Melise Senaydin: "Definitely need rescuing tomorrow. My legs are going to feel it."
If you don't like to play in the sand, feel the good vibrations of the Power Plate. It's a new way to shake off the pounds.
Shirley Fernandez: "Twenty minutes on the Power Plate is equal to an hour and half of strength training in the gym."
Shirley Fernandez of Powerfit Studios uses the Power Plate to get her clients in shape fast.
Shirley Fernandez: "You're going to stand on the Power Plate, and it's going to send a wave through your body, and that wave is going to cause your muscles to contract."
Anything you can do on the ground, from weights to pilates, you can do on the Power Plate. The vibrations from the machine forces you to work extra hard.
Christopher Hughes: "It kind of feels like it's throwing you off balance a little bit, so you have to balance yourself while doing exercises, and it makes you use a bunch of different muscles."
Shirley claims the power plate can also help you battle cellulite because the machine increases circulation and lymphatic drainage.
Lisa Silvera: "I have seen a huge difference in my body. First of all, I've dropped dress sizes and jean sizes. The back of my legs, I've seen the dimpling minimized."
At the end of your workout, you get a massage by lying on and against the machine, so you feel pretty powerful.
The Rescue Me fitness class at Crunch meets every Thursday at 6:30 a.m. As for the Power Plate, it's $30 a session, but you can buy a package that would make it $18 a session.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Powerfit Studios inside Idol's gym
5556 NE 4th Court
Crunch Gym-South Beach
1259 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL