When I decided to go to my first class, I was quite nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. I had heard a few things about it – how hectic it was and I just pictured myself falling over and fainting before I’d even gotten started. Plus, when I told my friends and colleagues, they wished me good luck and that they hoped I would survive this crazy experience (I was wishing for a little more encouragement than that).
Anyway, if you don’t know, S.W.E.A.T stands for ‘Specialised Weight Endurance Aerobic Training’, with 1000 representing the calories burned in a one-hour workout. The thought of walking through the doors at the S.W.E.A.T Studio at Blubird Shopping Centre was rather intimidating, but I was immediately welcomed by friendly staff. I was then greeted by the instructor who asked me if it was my first time there – when I said yes, he talked me through the process and how the treadmills work.
A S.W.E.A.T class is basically running and walking on a treadmill at different speeds and inclines – you just have to follow the speed and incline levels that the instructor tells you. They combine this with floor work like squats, push ups, weight lifting and crunches (so you alternate between the treadmill and floor work). To add to the fun, you do this to loud, dance music, lasers and a smoke machine.
I can honestly say I was pushed to the max and there were moments where I thought I was crazy but I still walked out of there feeling exhilarated. There is something about being in that studio with loud music pumping, the instructor pushing you hard and everyone in there giving it their all that makes it fun! My muscles ached afterwards but I felt like superwoman. Needless to say, I’m completely hooked and I can’t wait for my next class.
By Barbara Sessel
Have you been to S.W.E.A.T 1000? How did you enjoy the experience?