CHAPTER 1 What Are

High-Energy Workouts?

Originally called “ aerobics ,” high-energy workouts have taken on a life of their own. Now, these cardio-based, blood-pumping sessions dominate gyms andworkout routines across the world. So, what are they? In this chapter, we’ll talk about the different ways to integrate energetic training, what the health benefits are, and the pros and cons of adding these workouts to your routine. CHARACTERISTICS OF A HIGH-ENERGYWORKOUT As youwould imagine, a high-energy workout’s primary defining trait lies in the name. They can be at a gym, outside, or in your own home, but they always feature an upbeat instructor leading a group. The instructor’s role is fourfold: to dictate the exercises in the workout, demonstrate and encourage correct form, keep youmotivated, and make sure you stay safe. Depending on the size of the group and workout space, that can be a tall task! That’s why good high-energy workouts include some help. For example, almost all of themare set to energetic, upbeat music. First of all, music provides motivation! Multiple studies show that exercising tomusic you enjoy increases work rate. These beats also keep the rhythm, so you’re in stepwith the person next to you, helping everyone move at the same rate. This effect helps eliminate common issues when working out in a confined space, such as running into each other or getting accidentally kicked. Some high-intensity workouts even happen on stationary equipment, eliminating this issue entirely.


What Are High-EnergyWorkouts?

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