Many trends are swirling around the fitness community as being healthy has become a top priority for many across the globe. Sometimes, the best way to stay fit and healthy is to use good old-fashioned camaraderie in the place of apps or scare tactics by personal trainers. That is what Luke Milton, a 33 year old australian told Fox News. He is a 10 year veteran of of the professional rugby community in Sydney and through his decade of team play, he learned the best motivation comes from those around you.
After retiring from rugby, Milton started a gym environment called Training Mate, in West Hollywood, CA. He hired a number of ex-pro athletes from Australia to bring the atmosphere he was attempting to capture, a fun, supportive team building type of gym.
Classes are structured into 45 minute lengths and is split into 4 stations for a rotating high intensity interval training experience. The constant change of pace is designed to get the blood moving and the heart rate up. This allows for muscles to be pushed harder and can lead to accelerated fat burning.
Milton’s coaching style is similar to his leadership style he illustrated as a pro-athlete, he encourages laughter with bad jokes and keeps the mood light in the room.
Bringing an Aussie flare to the room, he incorporates exercises such as the kangaroo jump, and the koala walk. For those looking to try these at home, the kangaroo jump is where you perform a “burpee” or squat down, kick your legs back and lower chest to the ground before completing a push up and jumping back into a squat. He then takes it one step further and moves his trainees into a split lung for both legs.
The koala walk is where you squat with one hand on the ground and then walk your hands out in front of you until you find yourself in a plank, or push up position. Then, do a pushup as you bring your left knee to your left elbow, returning to a plank when you reach the top. Then alternate sides, and start all over!
Mixing up fitness activities is good for the mind and body so do not be deterred to give a few of these exercises a try and check out the original article on Milton here.