Body Flow. Love Thy Flow.

I try a LOT of workout classes. Like, a lot. Some I love, some I don’t. Some I stick with, some I don’t. Year after year, I just keep coming back to Body Flow. Body Flow is Les Mills’ low-impact, low-intensity, highly-relaxing combination of yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi that’s sure to warm-up the body, heart, and soul.

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Similar to yoga, Body Flow centers and calms the mind while working the body. The 55 minute class, like most Les Mills’ classes, is divided into eight tracks. Class commences with a rhythmic Tai Chi warm-up to loosen the muscles and focus the mind on less rigid movements and more flow.

photo 4Following tracks vary between yoga and Pilates, from sun salutations to balance, an intense core track, all while stretching and toning each major muscle group. Every move to every track is choreographed to the music and the method.

photo 5While Body Flow is based on yoga, it is unlike a typical vinyasa in that the music and movements are constantly changing, keeping you on your toes. What’s not low-intensity? The ab track, that’s for sure. Les Mills doesn’t joke around when it comes to abs. Luckily, there are modifications for everything. You’ll burn some cals and widdle that middle.

The last track of any Body Flow class, possibly the most beneficial, is meditation, which reduces stress, increases relaxation, absorbs the movement, and focuses the mind for the rest of the day. These 10 minutes are immensely valuable, especially for people like me who have every intention of setting aside time each day to relax and reflect, however, life often gets in the way. I have a feeling you can relate? When I plan to attend a Body Flow class, I feel like I’m setting aside “me time” and I show up, always happy I did.

Everyone, from athletes to first-timers, yogis to non-yogis, male, female, younger, older, and everyone in between, can benefit from Body Flow. Regardless of your current ability, Body Flow’s poses, stretches, and moves will create suppleness, flexibility, focus, and rejuvenation. It’s the perfect compliment to your existing fitness routine and will strengthen balance, flexibility, and most importantly, mental relaxation. And the best part is that this class is available throughout the week at BOTH Hamptons Gym Corp and Studio 89 Fitness, taught by fabulous instructors, like Zivile and Yvonne featured.  IMG_2718(1)

One Healthy Breakdown: Work the body, center the mind at Body Flow!

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!