BODYVIVE: The Fun Functional Workout

Are you searching for a fun, effective, all-over heart-pounding workout? Look no further than BODYVIVE: the functional workout that trains the entire body! LES MILLS’ BODYVIVE is a low-impact class that incorporates cardio, balance, resistance, and core. It is perfect for all ages and all fitness levels.

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I first tried BODYVIVE back in March when Sag Harbor Gym added it to the schedule and I haven’t missed a class since! The instructor, Jacqui Perrine, is incredibly fun; she keeps us on our toes and always delivers a fantastic class. Knowing that I am a BODYPUMP-aholic, Jacqui convinced me to try BODYVIVE in order to change up my routine and get faster results. I’m so glad I did. BODYVIVE is a class for anyone and everyone. Whether you’re looking to change up your routine, get more fit, or lose those last few pounds, this is the class for you!

BODYVIVE starts with a warm-up that previews many of the moves you will see later in the class. Jacqui then leads us through 25 minutes of low-impact cardio…but don’t be fooled, low-impact does not mean low intensity! These moves really get the heart pounding while working speed and agility. Sometimes, Jacqui has us working with the VIVE ball, a small exercise ball, to further activate the muscles. The cardio moves are easily modified for all levels and customizable for injuries. Following the cardio warm-up is active recovery; a sequence of moves inspired by Tai-Chi and yoga to slowly bring the heart rate down and prepare us for what is coming. So, what’s coming?!

After bringing the heart rate down, it is time to pump it back up during the functional strength-training portion of the class. We use the VIVE tubes to train the upper and lower body. Working with the tubes greatly increases muscular strength and endurance, improving posture at the same time. We then move on to core work, where we strengthen the abs and back. Finally, we end the class with a series of relaxing stretches that cool down the body and protect us from injuries. This class definitely takes you there, and then brings you back.

My other favorite thing about this class is the music: an eclectic mix of everything from top 40 hits to 80s rock. How can you not have fun when you are working out to AC/DC or The Rolling Stones?! I can personally say that BODYVIVE has improved my posture incredibly and helped me make great fitness advances. I consider myself a pretty active person and I have benefited so much from this program. It is a great compound-workout that fits cardio, strength, and core in to one hour, and is fun and accessible for everyone. BODYVIVE is enjoyed by all generations, I even take the class with my mom!

You can try BODYVIVE with Jacqui at the Sag Harbor Gym on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30am. If you are not a member of the gym and would like to try the class, email Jacqui at jacquiperrine@yahoo.com for more information.

One Healthy Breakdown: For a fun, functional, efficient class that works the whole body, try BODYVIVE!

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