If you’re new to the EmpowerFit classes, it won’t take you long to realise that this style of training is very different to your regular group fitness class.
This is by design.
EmpowerFit classes are founded on a thing called functional movements. While being a much more effective way of training (it really does give a much bigger response for your training effort), by nature this type of exercise has more moving pieces and is not as easy to coach.
It is for this reason the majority of “normal” group fitness classes will limit or even outright avoid functional movements due to their complexity.
Not to be deterred by a little bit of complexity, at EmpowerFit we have developed a simple workaround that allows anyone new to the world of functional movements to seamlessly slide into classes – enter the fundamentals program.
The fundamentals program serves a couple of key functions;
It’s been designed to get you familiar with the movements you’re going to regularly encounter in an EmpowerFit class.
While no one is expected to “perfect” the movements the first time, the fundamentals program develops a common language between you and the coach. This means that once you enter classes, you’ll understand the explanations and coaching cues better, ensuring your overall training experience is much more productive.
The fundamentals program allows the coach to gauge your starting fitness levels and any movement dysfunctions that you may have (specific movements that need a little bit of extra work), so that once it is time for you to start classes, they’ll know exactly how to best adapt it to suit your needs.
If you’re planning on doing e30 classes, being the simplest of all EmpowerFit group fitness classes, all that is required is a single 30 minute fundamental session. The movements covered include squats, hip hinges, upper body pressing and pulls.
E45 AND EZONE FUNDAMENTALS
If e45 or eZone are on your radar, possessing a little more diversity and a little bit more complexity to some of the movements, you will be required to complete three 30 minute fundamental sessions.
Session 1 is devoted to squats and upper body pull.
Session 2 focuses on hip hinge and upper body push.
Session 3 works on hybrid movements including the power version of olympic lifts.
If e60 is floating your boat, possessing a broader range of movements, with some being more complex again, the fundamentals program consists of five 30 minutes sessions.
Session 1 is squats and upper body pull.
Session 2 is rowing, mobility and upper body push.
Session 3 is rings and hip hinge.
Session 4 is hybrid movements (part 1) and mobility.
Session 5 is hybrid movements (part 2) and aerobic capacity.
On the back of the Fundamentals Program, you’ll be ready to continue your fitness journey and seamlessly enter into regular classes.
For more information on the fundamentals, book your “No Sweat Intro” on the link below or you could read some other articles we’ve put together: