Les Mills Workouts Have Arrived in Bethlehem: It’s Body Pump Time!

Les Mills Body Pump Classes Bethlehem PA

Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to meet your New Year’s fitness goals? We’ve got you covered! Steel Fitness Riverport is proud to announce the arrival of the renowned Les Mills group fitness classes in Bethlehem. Whether you’re new to the fitness world or you’re interested in mixing things up, these challenging and motivating group classes will inspire you to take your workouts to a whole new level.

What to Expect from the Les Mills Experience

Known as “the world’s best group training,” Les Mills classes offer an experience you won’t find anywhere else. Thousands of gym members around the world faithfully attend these group classes every week, so they can experience the high energy, heart-pumping music, and cutting-edge science that make Les Mills workouts so effective. All of the Les Mills classes are designed to torch calories and improve your strength, endurance, and overall well being. The signature BODYPUMP™ class uses a barbell and is designed to work all of your major muscle groups in less than an hour. The average class member burns up to 540 calories during a single workout! These classes are created to build lean, athletic muscles without “bulking up.” You’ll be amazed at how fast you start to see results and how much you’ll love working out, week after week.

Benefits of Group Classes

Our members love taking group fitness classes because they provide a unique combination of motivation, structure, and support. With almost 60 different classes to choose from, you’ll never get bored. Every class offers a fun experience while providing the structure you need to achieve real results. Our top-of-the-line instructors are there every step of the way to help keep you focused and ensure that you’re working out with proper form. Exercising with others who are working to achieve the same goals creates a sense of community that motivates members to keep coming back. The energy in the room is contagious, creating a vibe that you simply won’t find anywhere else.

Why Steel Fitness Riverport?

Only the best clubs have access to Les Mills fitness classes, and we’re proud to add them to our list of outstanding offerings. In addition to cutting-edge group classes, membership at Steel Fitness Riverport also affords you access to some of the area’s best personal trainers, a full line of exercise equipment and free weights, and “The Yard” outdoor training facility. We also offer an aquatic center with three pools, steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools, tanning, towel service, and more.

Are you ready to learn how much fun fitness should be? Sign up for our free three-day all-access pass so you can experience Les Mills fitness classes for yourself. While you’re here, we invite you to check out the rest of the facility and learn about our membership levels. Whether you’re looking for a basic gym membership or an all-access package, we’ve got options to accommodate your needs. It won’t take long for you to see why Steel Fitness Riverport is the area’s number one fitness destination.

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Plyometrics Exercises: What You Need To Know

Plyometric workouts (or “plyo,” for short) have been espoused by elite athletes for years, and they’ve recently gained traction in the general fitness world.

Plyo workouts essentially involve jumping, skipping, hopping, and one-legged bounces. If your mind immediately harkened back to your playground days, you’re not too far off-base. In fact, plyometric workouts used to be referred to as “jump training.”

Our elementary-school selves were onto something, though, as plyometric workouts have distinct health and fitness benefits.

Here’s what you need to know about plyometric workouts as you consider adding them to your fitness routine.

What Can I Expect From a Plyometric Workout?

We mentioned that plyo workouts involve jumping, but it’s much more structured than that. Throughout a plyometric workout, you engage in a series of explosive jumps, jump squats, and one-leg hops.

Every time you perform a jump and land it, you stretch and fire your muscles. This combination of stretching and contracting (landing and jumping again) is one of the best ways to work your leg muscles.

Unlike cardio or core exercises, you don’t want to add plyo to your routine on a daily basis. Your muscles will need a break after such intense exercise, so incorporate plyo about every three days.

What Are the Benefits of A Plyometric Workout?

While plyo shouldn’t constitute the bulk of your fitness routine, it can be a great option for athletes who want to condition their fast-twitch muscles.

Plyo simulates the explosive muscle movements you’d perform during basketball (jump shots), baseball or softball (an infielder fielding a far-away grounder), tennis (a serve), volleyball (a spike), and just about any high-paced athletic competition you could think of.

If you want to be at the top of your athletic game, you should strongly consider plyo workouts.

Additionally, plyo adds a dynamic energy to your workout. If you get bored running for miles on a treadmill, plyo is a much faster-paced workout you can perform.

Even if you’re not an athlete but want to strengthen your legs and glutes, plyo could work for you.

Where Can I Do a Plyo Workout?

At our local gym in Bethlehem, we have the boxes and fitness space you need for a plyo routine. Our state-of-the-art fitness floor has ample space so that you can engage in this dynamic workout without worrying about falling onto the elliptical next to you.

If you’re just establishing a fitness routine or want more guidance for a plyo workout, consider working with one of our personal trainers. Let them know your fitness goals and ask them if plyometrics makes sense for your body.

Plyo Workouts at Steel Fitness Riverport

To take your fitness routine to new heights (literally, see how high you can jump after a few weeks of plyo training), join Steel Fitness Riverport today.

We’re a great option for anyone who’s searched “gym near me” to no avail, or for those specifically seeking plyo training.

Register for a free three-day pass today and see what we’re all about at Steel Fitness Riverport!

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Joint Protection Tips

While there are innumerable benefits to working out and establishing a dedicated fitness routine, there are only a few downsides.

One potential obstacle, if not preempted, involves joint pain associated with high-impact workouts. If your body isn’t used to running on a treadmill, you might notice some achy knees. Similarly, if you’ve never taken a HIIT workout class before and now you go a few times per week, your shoulders and ankles might be giving you a bit of trouble.

The solution to joint pain during a workout isn’t to stop working out; instead, you should take precaution and strategically choose your workout so that you can have a sustainable, healthy fitness routine.

Our local gym in Bethlehem, Steel Fitness Riverport, is committed to educating our clients so that they feel empowered and comfortable in the gym.

Consider these tips from Steel Fitness Riverport to minimize joint pain as you exercise.

1. Find Proper Fitting Shoes and Insoles

If you’ve always had knee, hip, and ankle pain, finding the right pair of shoes can make all the difference in the world. Don’t just put on any old flimsy running shoe. It’s worth the investment to go to a local shoe store, have your stride analyzed, and buy a shoe that fits your foot correctly.

Similarly, consider a shoe insole or orthotic for added support. New shoe insoles on the market, such as those from NOENE as seen on Shark Tank, use shock-absorbing technology to disperse harmful vibrations associated with impact.

If you have existing conditions such as arthritis, be sure to consult with your doctor to get their opinion as well.

2. Take Low-Impact Group Exercise Classes

One of the best ways to ensure you’re training in a safe manner is to take group exercise classes. We highly recommend spinning, anti-gravity fitness, and yoga.

By design, these group fitness classes are low-impact yet high-intensity workouts. You still get a great sweat without needing to do squat jumps or treadmill runs.

Check out our group fitness schedule today to find a class that works at our local gym in Bethlehem.

3. Hire a Personal Trainer

If you experience chronic pain or significant joint pain, working with a personal trainer might be your best bet for a safe fitness regimen. Each of the personal trainers at our local gym is certified and experienced — it’s their job to tailor workouts to fit the individual needs of their clients, and they have the exercise science background to do so effectively.

For more information about personal trainers at our local gym, check out the personal training page.

Finding a Gym Nearby

Steel Fitness Riverport is a premier fitness club in Bethlehem. Our facilities include a state-of-the-art workout floor, outdoor training, group exercise classes, and luxury locker rooms. We also partner with Steel Fitness Premier in Allentown, so you can access their aquatic center, group classes, and gym nearby.

Become a member of Steel Fitness Riverport today, and develop a fitness routine with longevity in mind.

 

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Preparing for Anti-Gravity Fitness Classes

When you think of an anti-gravity fitness class, do you picture NASA-esque space simulators where your body is floating through the air? Or maybe you’re thinking of the moment in Harry Potter when Harry experiences flying on a broomstick for the first time.

Either way, the concept of “anti-gravity” fitness certainly conjures up some intense images.

In reality, though, anti-gravity fitness classes are a form of aerial exercise that comes with distinct benefits — not to mention, they’re really fun.

If you’re already convinced to try acrobatic fitness for these reasons, the next step is preparing yourself for this type of class.

Preparing for Anti-Gravity Fitness Classes

Anti-gravity fitness classes involve being suspended in an elevated hammock as you exercise. Although you flow through familiar exercises from yoga, pilates, and calisthenics, the aerial aspect of the class certainly adds an added challenge.

To maximize your fitness class experience, keep these tips in mind as you prepare for class.

  1. Find a gym that offers anti-gravity classes near you: Keep in mind that because anti-gravity fitness takes a particular environment and the right equipment, these exercise classes aren’t offered everywhere. Luckily, our local gym in Bethlehem offers anti-gravity fitness classes as part of our group exercise class offerings.
  2. Do not wear jewelry, belts, clothing with studs, etc.: Because you are suspended in a hammock (made specifically for exercise, not lounging), you do not want to wear anything that might cause a snag. Take off rings, earrings, necklaces, and be mindful that you do not wear any clothing with studs, gems, or anything else that might rip the material.
  3. Avoid baggy or loose-fitting clothing: Being prepared to invert your body means wearing clothing that won’t lift up. The last thing you want is to be constantly grabbing your shirt or tucking it in as you exercise. Consider wearing tight leggings or spandex, too, so that your shorts do not ride completely up.
  4. Do not use lotion or sunscreen before class: Lotion and sunscreen are slippery, and “slippery” is not a good adjective to have anywhere near “anti-gravity” fitness. You will need a firm grip as you learn to maneuver the hammock, so do yourself a favor and skip the lotion before class. Additionally, you do not want any potentially irritating products to rub onto the hammock, as other people will use the equipment as well.
  5. Save eating and drinking for after class: It’s never the best idea to eat a full meal before any type of exercise, and this is especially true of the fitness involves inverting your body. You are more likely to feel dizzy or sick if you have a full stomach. Stay hydrated, of course, and eat a little snack, but don’t get too full before class.

Watch a class so you know what to expect: Whenever we try something new, it’s easy for our imaginations to get the best of us. If you can, stop by our local gym in Bethlehem to spectate an anti-gravity fitness class. This way, you’ll know exactly what to expect. You can also watch a video of an anti-gravity class in action on our website to get a feel for the class!

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Our local gym in Bethlehem chose to offer anti-gravity fitness classes because they are extremely beneficial and a nice way to reinvigorate a tired fitness routine.

Come see why anti-gravity exercise is all the rage these days at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem.

If anti-gravity classes aren’t right for you, check out the 60 other group fitness classes offered on our weekly schedule!

Not a Steel Fitness Riverport member yet but want to try these classes? Sign up for a free three-day trial today!

 

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Benefits of Off-Season Training

As the parent of an athlete, you know first-hand the role that sports play in positive development.

Sports are the way your kid stays active, gets outside, makes friends, has positive role models, develops discipline and passion, takes on leadership roles…we could go on forever.

Athletics are truly a foundation for our children and teenagers, and they have increasingly become a way for young adults to connect to their school and local communities.

Over the summer, Steel Fitness Riverport, a local gym in Bethlehem, is offering sports-specific off-season training (S.O.S.) precisely for this reason.

Benefits of Off-Season Training

Aside from further connecting your kid to the sports they love, there are many advantages to signing your kid up for a summer training camp.

Consider the advantages below as you decide whether a sports-specific training camp might be the right activity for your child this summer.

1. Preparation for Fall Try-Outs

If you have a high schooler, you know how important it is to make a Varsity team. If you have a rising freshman or an athlete who has played on JV teams for the last few years, a sports-specific training camp is one of the best ways to ensure that they get the Varsity letter.

Even if the local high school has “off-season” training, chances are it’s just lifting a few weights and getting in good face time with coaches. At Steel Fitness Riverport, however, our program involves comprehensive training to develop strength, speed, and endurance geared specifically toward the sport your child plays.

At tryouts, your kid will outshine the competition; after all, they’ve been working hard and getting stronger all summer, while other teens might have just been sitting around playing video games.

2. Giving the Edge for Making a Travel Team

Travel team tryouts usually occur at the end of summer, especially for fall or year-round sports such as softball, baseball, and basketball.

If your kid has struggled to make a travel or club team (or wants to make a better one), then a sports-specific training regimen is another way to set them apart. Our youth program supplements the skills that your child develops at sports practice by focusing on specific muscle groups, cardiovascular stamina, and fast-twitch responses.

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Being physically fit as a young person is a key to health as an adult. Sign your child up for S.O.S. today at our local gym in Bethlehem.

 

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