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Does anyone here take Group Power class at their gym?


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Group Power is an hour long weight lifting class set to music.  It's a great class.  It is supposed to be getting some cardio in with the weight lifting, like we do a bunch of squats with weights on a bar on our sholders etc.  Anyway I am not sure how to log this, I just put weight lifting for one hour now, but don't think that is really right.  Anyone else do Group Power?

Thanks!

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I don't because it's not an effective way to do weights at all. It's almost all cardio when you start doing 5 minutes straight of squats. Of course a lot of people like these classes as they are challenging. I'm just letting you know if you are using instead of doing the weights we all should be doing, it's not nearly as effective and takes a lot longer!

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Original Post by raineysmama:

Group Power is an hour long weight lifting class set to music.  It's a great class.  It is supposed to be getting some cardio in with the weight lifting, like we do a bunch of squats with weights on a bar on our sholders etc.  Anyway I am not sure how to log this, I just put weight lifting for one hour now, but don't think that is really right.  Anyone else do Group Power?

Thanks!

Its a high intensity cardio class with strength training. (the power part) It's meant to improve your athletic fitness level. They use strong weighted compound movements to get your body moving and cardio going.  It will leave you flat on the floor, if you can even make it through a session using any weights.  It will also build some muscle, esp if you have done none at all before.  It is not "weight lifting."  When the classes become easy, they say to up the weight, but its still not weight lifting.  Its for endurance and strength together.  Most weight lifters would take a class like that and die like a beginner as well, because its about endurance fitness, not about how much you can lift.  I take those classes too, for over an hour actually, we have 90 minute classes.  They are really great for strengthing your core muscles so that you can do sports or endurance activites.

Its an excellent class to get "fit."  You want to run a marathon?  Start doing those classes and you'd notice a huge jump in your endurance.   I also do a kickboxing class where we use weighted punchs and the 100 weighted squats, etc.  Which are also power/high intensity classes. 

Search for kickboxing, you will see it listed under Judo and Karate.  I'd say you'd use that activity for this class:  if i were to log it.

I love those classes!  On my off days, I stick to the eliptical and the treadmill.  Eventually when i get closer to my weight goals, i plan to do more "real" weight lifting, but I feel that these classes start me off with basic form of how to do weighted squats, and deadlifts, etc. 

Its definatly a class to get an idea for what weight lifting is like outside of an aerobic setting :)

my 2cents.

 

Thanks mgosie! Our class is actually 90 min long too, and it is hard!  I will log it like you say.  I go two times a week, and have been for a year now.  At first I only had 5 pound weights on each side of the bar, I am up to 30 a side now for some of it like the dead lifts and the over the head stuff.  I have actually gotten quite toned up with this class.  My trainer highly reccomended it.

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Original Post by raineysmama:

Thanks mgosie! Our class is actually 90 min long too, and it is hard! I will log it like you say. I go two times a week, and have been for a year now. At first I only had 5 pound weights on each side of the bar, I am up to 30 a side now for some of it like the dead lifts and the over the head stuff. I have actually gotten quite toned up with this class. My trainer highly reccomended it.

i would only log about 40 minutes that way (and only if you work up a really good sweat a few times, 60 minutes), even if its a 90 minute class -- and i say this, because you don't want to over estimate the high calorie burn...at least i never wanted too.  but believe you me, you are burning some sahweet ass calories in a cardio weight class.  :)  i can't imagine any trainer who wouldn't recommend a class like that!

if you are getting through it easy, make sure to push yourself when you can, so you gain more strength!

i do body pump which is similar. i have a heart rate monitor and i generally will burn between 600 - 700 calories for the 60 minute class. i start it at warm up and stop it after cool down. i created a tagged item and put it in my activity log labeled body pump

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We have this class but its only60 minutes.  I don't have time for my cardio AND wgts. right now. I have alot of weight to lose, so I'm pushing for cardio right now, but I could get 2 group power classes in. I was wondering if this would build  a  little muscle to increase calorie burning.  And I would love to tone up as I lose weight and wondered if this class would do it.

thanks for the info!

I took my first group power class last Wednesday and have been daydreaming about it ever since! I LOVED it!!! I can't wait till this week. For the last few months, I have been doing cardio and weight training all on my lonesome and not utilizing my gym's classes. I started doing Zumba 2x a week, group ride (like spinning) 2x a week and group power once a week. I feel great! It's so much more fun getting in fit with friends! (at least for me!)

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