Power Plate Small-Group Training: A Unique Experience
Power Plate, the vibrating exercise platform, now offers its portfolio of Power Plate SGT programs at hundreds of clubs worldwide—in the U.S., Canada, South America, the U.K., Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere.
The four 30-minute programs include Power Plate X, a boot camp that involves free weights, kettlebells, and suspension training; Power Plate Strong, which is strength training with kettlebells; Power Plate Burn, an HIIT class; and Power Plate Zen, which focuses on yoga, massage, and stretching.
Clubs receive 12 weeks of unique workouts for each format, and, every three months, a new 12-week regimen, employing periodization. “Our SGT, which bridges the gap between large classes and one-on-one training, is a tremendous asset to facilities,” says Laura Wilson, the company’s director of education.
Power Plate is owned, manufactured, and distributed by Performance Health Systems, LLC, of Northbrook, IL.
BOGAFIT Takes It to the Pool for Aquatic Fitness
BOGAFIT, a series of functional-training exercises that are performed on the company’s inflatable FITMAT, offers an innovative, engaging, and entertaining way to diversify aquatic workouts. The 45-minute classes, conducted in a pool, are designed to enhance strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination.
Students do squats, planks, lunges, strength train, and perform yoga and Pilates moves on the dynamic boards, challenged by the water’s instability, and benefitting from the lower impact it affords. During these high-intensity, universally scalable routines, participants find themselves assuming a wide variety of positions—standing, kneeling, getting down on all fours, and lying down faceup or facedown.
BOGAFIT is offered in floating studios worldwide, including ones in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Western Europe, and China. The company is based in San Clemente, CA.
LES MILLS Virtual Brings the Experience to Your Club
“Clubs need to innovate to remain competitive and relevant to users,” contends Phillip Mills, the managing director of Les Mills International (LMI), the Auckland, New Zealand–based firm that’s known for supercharging group-x classes worldwide.
LMI has done its part to help by successfully translating its live classes into LES MILLS Virtual, a digital version. Now, clubs and members can take advantage of an intense, high-energy exercise experience, without an instructor in the room, via an AV system or technology platform that produces cinematic-quality workouts.
Nearly all of the company’s signature programs—from BODYPUMP to LES MILLS BARRE—are available. They’re filmed at large live events with five to 10 cameras, so in-studio exercisers also enjoy the excitement of the crowd.
“It’s the experience that counts,” says Mills. “LES MILLS Virtual maximizes off-peak times at clubs and entices exercisers to join live classes. In fact, live class attendance is growing significantly in gyms that have installed Virtual.”