April 27, 2017

Testing Out All The Classes At David Lloyd | Body Balance

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I joined David Lloyd gyms at about the age 6 with my family, where I learnt to swim and play tennis with my siblings. As I got older I continued going to David Lloyd but I was purely a swimmer and I’m ashamed to admit it took me until my second year of uni to actually even walk upstairs to the gym. I was scared, I had no idea what to do or where to go and thought I’d stick out like a sore thumb. Fast forward 4 years and I’m a DLL regular. I’m no longer scared of the gym and I’ve slowly edged my way into different areas of the gym, trying different exercises and machines.

Having said this, there are still some classes at David Lloyd that I have not tried! I spin regularly and have done pilates and body balance in the past, but as of late I have let the latter two slide. So I thought in case there’s any of you out there that are nervous to try classes or just would like to know what to expect, then I have volunteered myself to try the classes out for you! 

I am going to test this out over the coming months and make this into a little series so do tune in to see more! I will be focusing on Les Mills classes at the moment because these are done in most gyms nowadays and are pretty much universal, so my feedback will actually be relevant! 

This week I tested out body balance and I took my mum with me. Workout partners, for classes especially, are the best!

So first lets start with: What is body balance?

It’s a yoga based class, that’s meant to help with your mind as well as your body. But its not a simple yoga class, it incorporates elements of Tai Chi as well as Pilates. 

What happened in the class?

We started off with Tai Chi – which I love! LOVE LOVE! I feel like the majority of my strength is in my legs, so if you’re familiar with squats, you’ll be just fine! Think a prolonged sumo squat, with slow transitions and changing the weight from each leg. What’s great is that its not purely squats and working out, you also use your mind to transfer your energy and its strangely relaxing, you almost stop realising you’re in a squat position for so long.

Next you move on to yoga, but what’s great is you’re sort of eased into it. So if you’re not a natural yogi, don’t worry you’ll barely notice the change from Tai Chi to yoga. We practised sun salutations and downward dog positions and more. What I started to love was the swift, controlled and relaxing changes from exercises. 

Our balance was then tested – which I have to say was the hardest bit as I lack any sort of balance, but its easy to see you can improve on these issues. We definitely all have one side that is better for balance than the other, so I know Im going to be working on my left side a lot more.


After spending the majority of the class either standing or on our front, it was time to lie down! But not to relax, just yet! It was pilates time. This part really worked the core and was fast past and really targeted movements to get your abs. Thankfully it wasn’t an endlessly long session but I felt that the movements were fab, as sometimes in classes you can go away feeling like you haven’t worked at all. This definitely wasn’t one of those.

We finished up with some meditiation time – bliss! 

Who would this class be good for?

Anyone. Really anyone. When I looked around I saw men, women, older people and younger people. What is clear is that you really get out what you put in. So if you want to take the squat lower- great, if you cant – leave it where you can. When it comes to the yoga sessions theres always options. So for me I find hip exercises easy, I can cross my legs and do all sorts of strange looking positions, but I saw the majority of the class actually couldn’t cross their legs much, so there was an alternative and it definitely wasn’t frowned upon.

What do you need?

Nothing special – I would wear comfortable clothes that you would feel okay bending into all sorts of positions in! You remove trainers and socks when you arrive and you are supplied with mats. So all in all – bring yo comfy self! Easy. 

Who would this class be good for?

Anyone. Really anyone. When I looked around I saw men, women, older people and younger people. What is clear is that you really get out what you put in. So if you want to take the squat lower- great, if you cant – leave it where you can. When it comes to the yoga sessions theres always options. So for me I find hip exercises easy, I can cross my legs and do all sorts of strange looking positions, but I saw the majority of the class actually couldn’t cross their legs much, so there was an alternative and it definitely wasn’t frowned upon. 

What do you need?

Nothing special – I would wear comfortable clothes that you would feel okay bending into all sorts of positions in! You remove trainers and socks when you arrive and you are supplied with mats. So all in all – bring yo comfy self! Easy. 

I hope you guys liked this post and do stay tuned as I make my way around the classes - if theres anything in particular you would like to see me review, or try out, do send me a message over on twitter @blaisedyer or even feel free to email me blaise@blaiseruby.co.uk I love to hear from you. 

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