BY ANAAM IKRAM
It is not just improving your look, its improving your outlook!, the base upon which Oxygen Gym has established its strong clientele all over Bahrain and continues to be one of the leading fitness facilities in the Kingdom. From helping clients get healthy, breathe better, decrease stress, increase body strength, to achieving overall fitness goals, Oxygen Gym is the ultimate fitness location fitted with the most hi-tech equipment and hands-on expert trainers that work closely with the clients. Offering personal training as well as various fitness classes to combat all health related problems and to attain a healthy lifestyle, Oxygen Gym has a fitness program to suit everyone’s needs. Perle Magazine spoke to instructor Glenn Ford Hernandez and was invited to review Oxygen Gym’s Fear Factor class, to experience how the entire body can be exercised in a single session and feel a considerable change after a single class.
A competitive body-builder himself, Glenn initially started his higher education in Computer Science, while practicing personal training in his free time. His commitment towards fitness resulted in pursuing health and fitness full-time and lead to him become a qualified trainer. Having worked at fitness facilities prior to Oxygen Gym, as well as his years of experience as a fitness expert, Glen was able to formulate an exercise circuit for the Fear Factor class, which is one of the most popular classes at the gym since its introduction three years ago.
Focusing on body toning, losing weight, endurance and stamina, Fear Factor is a circuit-training class and based on each individuals progress, the intensity of the workouts in the circuit are increased. The circuit starts with a set of ‘burpees’ followed by a ladder-drill, high-knees, glute-kicks, and a set of alternating-leg ladder-drill. These exercises warm the body for the rest of the circuit and at the same time focus on the lower half of the body. The circuit then focuses on toning the arms with a set of push-ups, followed by exercises that work on the glutes again such as ‘donkey kicks’ and on-the-floor straight-leg raises. The workouts are carried out in a manner that each part of the body is being exercised one after the other.
After the body-weight exercises, the circuit then incorporates the use of some equipment through dumbbell lifts for toning arms (working the biceps and triceps) and well-rounded shoulders, and squats using a medicine ball for firmer legs and glute-region. The circuit room itself also serves as a prop as the walls are used to lean against while doing standing leg-raises. Glen also uses an ab-wheel within the circuit to tighten the core. To further enhance the clients’ stamina and core strength, a jumping drill on aerobic step is part of the workout as well as walking lunges, sit-ups on a bosu ball while holding a medicine ball, and a short session of kickboxing. Doing five laps around the room, before repeating the circuit again, concludes the 20-minute circuit. The circuit is carried out three times, resulting in an hour-long class that challenges every part of the body for a stronger and healthier body overall.
“In this circuit, I have a mix of everything I have learnt through my years as a fitness trainer”, Glenn explains of the daily class. Suitable for beginners as well as those who have done similar exercises before, Glenn says one of the reasons this class is so popular is because of the different exercises that the workout is comprised of keeps the class interesting. “People think circuit training is hard but for beginners I make sure the class is easier, and only increase the intensity as the class progresses”, Glenn explains.
Offering a wide variety of classes that ensure the term ‘exercise’ is not only associated with tedious working outs, Oxygen Gym offers clients classes such as Latin Dance, Karate, Boxing (with an Olympic Committee Qualified coach), Hour of Power, and Taekwondo. In addition to these classes, O2 fitness umbrella also includes classes that focus on abs such as Abs Buster; Pump-Up for arms; Fat Burner for overall fat burning; O2 HIIT, which is a combination of challenging cardio, core, strength and plyo exercises; and O2 Strength. The classes are all carried out by experts in their respective fields and designed in a way to keep the clients engaged and delivering promising and notable results in a safe and effective manner.
Trainers at Oxygen Gym also offer their clients a full diet plan as well to complement their workouts, which enhance the effectiveness of their exercise. Glenn also notes it is important for him to plan a nutrition for his clients on weekly basis so as to keep their diet interesting yet healthy at the same time to continue encouraging them eat healthy. Oxygen Gym also has various protein bars and drinks in the Lobby area for either post or pre-workout healthy snack to start or end the exercise in a healthy manner.
Whether it is for weight loss, body conditioning, or achieving a specific health and fitness targets, Oxygen Gym is the ideal place for beginners and experts alike to ensure all their healthy lifestyles goals and milestones are met for the long-term in an effective manner at the hands of experts.
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