Hydromassage coming to Dynamic locations December 2019! If you have the Premium level membership or above you will now have access to our “Recovery Zones” or “Relaxation Stations”!
Most everyone is aware of the benefits that consistent massages have for the mind, body and spirit; although, one incredible massage technique that is often lesser known is the hydrotherapy massage. As you can probably infer, the word hydro implies the use of water and the word therapy implies some kind of healing effect. A new, convenient, and affordable way to receive a hydrotherapy massage is with the state of the art HydroMassage chair, which you can find at many spa/salons, fitness centers, and chiropractic offices around the country.
Listed below are the most common questions one may have regarding the HydroMassage technique, the HydroMassage chair, and what the benefits are of using these chairs:
What is a HydroMassage chair?
The HydroMassage chair is a convenient, dry, full body massage with the use of pressurized water. Simply lie down in the open design bed, fully clothed, and feel the immediate benefits of the traveling jet system, which delivers a body massage. The chair can be easily customized to put pressure exactly where you need it most.
Where can I find one?
Spas, fitness centers, and chiropractic offices all over are incorporating “HydroMassage Zones”, a semi private area with multiple chairs for complete relaxation, into their facilities. Check with the local gyms near you to see if HydroMassage chairs are included in a gym membership, if you can pay per use, or if they offer a free trial. Visit the HydroMassage store locator to find a place near you to try!
How much does it cost?
These massage beds are highly affordable way to receive the benefits of massage therapy on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. Many fitness centers include the use of the HydroMassage bed in their gym memberships, and many establishments offer the use of the bed for as little as $20 per treatment.
What are the benefits of HydroMassage?
Massage is an ancient form of healing that has been reported to provide numerous benefits ranging from pain reduction and improved circulation, to relief from stress and anxiety. HydroMassage is an affordable and convenient way to incorporate the benefits of frequent massage into your everyday life. The benefits, both tangible and intrinsic, will add value and drastically decrease stress in your life.
Let’s start with the benefits you can see and feel after one use. HydroMassage is an incredible way to warm up the muscles before your fitness training and loosen your muscles after training to prevent soreness from repeated resistance-based motions used in weight training, or participating in high intensity group exercise classes, like Zumba classes. Deep tissue options for the water pressure will relieve tightness and knots in muscles from previous workouts, or simply everyday stresses. Lastly, hydrotherapy is known to deliver enough pressure to the body to release harmful toxins out through the pores.
Holistic and Spiritual
The recuperative and healing properties of hydrotherapy itself (the use of heat and water) have been known to treat injuries and illnesses. By combining the use of hydrotherapy with the use of massage therapy, the beds can deliver deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and sense of well being; as well as decreased stress and tension with each use. In addition, Hydrotherapy has been known to aid in the remedy of anxiety, migraines, digestion, circulation, high blood pressure, flexibility, and more!
In comparison to a hand massage
HydroMassage is a convenient way to get the therapeutic results of a traditional hand massage, without the time constraints. The bed allows you to lay down, fully clothed, and enjoy customized water pressure on areas of your body for as little as 10-12 minutes, if that’s all the time you have. If you belong to a fitness center that offers HydroMassage chairs, you can use them every time you work out without having to go out of your way. Also, the chairs are much more cost effective than traditional massages, but offer most of the same benefits for the mind, body, and soul!
Visit the HydroMassage website to learn everything there is to know about hydrotherapy massages and ask your certified personal trainer about the benefits of incorporating HydroMassage chairs into your daily life.
If you’ve ever wondered how much of your body is made up of fat, you’ve likely turned to the Body Mass Index. It’s a calculation of your body fat based on your weight-to-height ratio.
Unfortunately, it’s woefully dated and an inaccurate means of establishing if you’re over or underweight. But what to use instead?
A BODY COMPOSITION TEST
A body composition test determines how much of your body is made up of fat and fat-free mass. Your body fat is responsible for storing energy while fat-free mass (made up of muscles, water, bones and organs) is responsible for burning calories.
A body composition test can give you the insight you need to make targeted adjustments to your diet and exercise regime.
A body composition test provides a better estimate of fitness and health than the Body Mass Index because it takes more than just weight and height into account. Clients can learn so much more about your body by analyzing and running a painless, imperceptible electric current through your body. Understanding the composition of fat and fat-free mass in your body helps us to determine if you need to build more muscle or lose fat.
A body composition test can also reveal certain underlying health issues and give you the insight you need to make targeted adjustments to your diet and exercise regime.
Inbody Body composition analysis takes all of two minutes and allows to quickly learn about a client’s body in comparison to others their age, height and sex. The analysis calculates several factors not included as part of the body mass index, including:
- Lean body mass (LBM) as a percentage of the ideal in each limb and in the trunk
- The level of extracellular and intracellular water in the body
- Basal metabolic rate (BMR) which indicates how many calories the body burns per day without movement or exercise
HOW THE TEST MEASURES ARE USED
Based on calculations from the test, your Personal Trainer will assess how much fat or muscle you need to gain or lose. Lean body mass, or LBM, is everything in your body that isn’t fat. It’s a decent estimator for your level of muscle mass compared to the ideal for your age group. If your lean body mass is below expected, chances are your PT will recommend that you incorporate strength training into your exercise regime. This device gives us accurate data monthly on how to base our recommendations for your programs.
Athletes routinely use body composition to monitor their level of muscle mass. For instance, if their arms look light for their size, an athlete will focus on strengthening them, especially if doing so could give them a competitive advantage.
But sarcopenia, the fancy word for losing muscle mass, can also be measured using this method. For older adults, monitoring muscle mass is especially important because sarcopenia is a common condition that can contribute to functional decline and loss of independence. In experience, when a client sees actual numbers on the machine, like those telling them to gain 5.6 pounds of muscle, it’s empowering.
Personal trainers also use basal metabolic rate to calculate calories for individualized nutrition plans, and the water measurements can tell us if you’re retaining water, which is a marker for something worrisome like liver failure or dehydration.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE TAKING THE TEST
If you’re interested in taking a body composition test, speak with your club’s Fitness Manager. Though know that body composition tests that use electrical impedance haven’t been validated as safe for patients with electrical devices like pacemakers. Also, you should only take a body composition test after fasting for at least two hours, with an empty bladder and once you’ve removed all metal near your body, like jewelry and underwire undergarments.
If you meet the Centers for Disease Control’s physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week in addition to two 30-minute-long strength training sessions, a body composition test is a great way to compare yourself to the ideal for your age group. If you don’t meet the requirements, the results of your body composition test may be the motivation you need to get moving.Read More
Les Mills™ fitness programs are some of the most effective work out programs available. With over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry, the Les Mills team has created cutting-edge group fitness classes that are scientifically proven to deliver results.
Les Mills has a global presence and you can find fitness enthusiasts taking part in these innovative programs around the world. “Mixing the hottest music with cutting-edge exercise science, motivation and the energy of many, Les Mills group fitness classes make you fall in love with fitness.” These intense, energetic and highly effective group fitness classes are led by highly trained, enthusiastic and committed instructors and empowered with scientifically proven workouts, the freshest music and savvy choreography.
Dynamic Fitness is excited to feature a diverse selection of the most powerful and progressive Les Mills fitness programs at our four locations. We currently offer the following dynamic programs at our clubs:
The BODYPUMP program is a highly effective barbell workout for anyone looking to get lean, toned and fit – fast. Using light to moderate weights with lots of repetition, this intense class offers a total body workout that can burn up 540 calories! Instructors coach the participants through scientifically proven moves and techniques. With encouragement, motivation and great music you will achieve so much more than working out on your own! You will feel challenged, motivated and ready to come back for more.
BODYCOMBAT is a high-energy martial arts-inspired workout. It is totally non-contact, but you will punch and kick your way to burning up to 740 calories in a class! This high intensity program will help you to release stress, have a blast and feel like a winner.
The BODYFLOW program combines yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates to support effective breathing and strengthen the entire body. This class can help to increase flexibility, increase muscle strength and create an inner calm for mind and body.
BODYATTACK is a high-energy fitness class that combines athletic movements including running, lunging and jumping with strength exercises such as push-ups and squats. Great music, challenging workouts and an enthusiastic environment can help you to burn up to 730 calories in this class!
SH’BAM is a fun-loving and insanely addictive dance workout! No dance experience is required for this high energy, high action dance party! Bring a playful attitude and just have fun while you are burning calories!
CXWORX fitness programs focus on strengthening your core – the vital ingredient for a stronger body. This enhanced program offers several exercise options so it is challenging but achievable for every level of fitness. Trained instructors guide participants through the correct techniques while working with resistance tubes, weight plates and body weight exercises including crunches and hovers.
GRIT is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout designed to improve strength and build lean muscle. Powerful music and inspirational coaches guide participants while they use barbells, weight plates and body weight exercises to blast all major muscle groups.
If you are interested in participating in an innovative and scientifically proven Les Mills fitness program, visit any of the Dynamic Fitness locations in the Houston area. Dynamic Fitness is a state-of-the-art fitness center that features cutting-edge facilities, advanced personal training services and a wide range of Les Mills fitness classes that can help you achieve your fitness goals.Read More