It’s a full body workout. “Most of it is agility based, bodyweight calisthenics, we may do some flexibility; we’re also going to work on some sports movement as well,” said Marc Bifano, exercise specialist at Healthy Life Center-Babcock Ranch.
From arms to legs even abs—the class, called Team Beats, is structured with a high-intensity Interval training, also known as HIIT training. “Typically, our intervals will run 20, 30, or 45 seconds and then every once in a while we will throw in a long circuit where it will be a bunch of exercises for five minutes straight,” said Bifano.
But the key to this workout isn’t just to help people reach their fitness goals—it’s also about safety. “Everyone is set up and hooked up to a heart rate monitor during the class. It definitely helps us to push people a little bit harder, but also as an instructor, it allows us to keep people safe,” he said.
Before the class, participants undergo a fitness assessment—giving exercise specialists a clear understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. “Sometimes it’s going to be based more towards fat burning, and sometimes it’s going to be based more towards endurance and recovery,” Bifano said.
Whatever’s in store—exercise specialists can easily determine a patient’s progress during class. “If the heart rate is lower it’s going to be more of a long slow distance, burning fat gradually, whereas when you go for the high intensity, you’re taking your heart rate up to the top and bringing it back down and you’re trying to work on recovery. It does tend to burn a lot more calories doing that, but it also can burn you out, so you have to be very careful on how much you do it,” he said.
He encourages people to give the class a try—but to keep in mind, a HIIT workout should only be done two to three times a week, depending on the person’s health. A fast-paced but safe exercise to help improve your overall health.