Marsha Rogers, of Middletown, admits she didn’t know what she was getting into when she first glimpsed the Queenax machine at the Y in Newark.
Part obstacle course and part kick-boxing and TRX station, the machine resembles a Transformer as it stretches toward the ceiling.
“It looked like something I’d steer away from,” Rogers said on Friday at the Western branch of the YMCA of Delaware.
Turns out, she’s doing just the opposite — taking as many free demo classes as she can to learn the ins and outs of the workout before classes officially kick off in the fall.
“This is Megatron,” joked Shane Scott, Western YMCA’s Queenax instructor, as he set up the equipment, carefully placing TRX bands in place.
The Queenax is a multi-purpose training system that centers on functional fitness, Scott explained.
Functional fitness uses exercises that mimic what we do in daily life. For example, perfecting a pull-up or plank can help you more easily unload the dishwasher or carry loads of laundry up the stairs.
The training combines high-intensity, calorie-blasting intervals and body weight strengthening. It basically hits all body parts, Scott said.
“It implements your daily activities,” Scott said. “You are pushing. You are pulling. You are lifting.”
Unlike a bicep curl machine that only works one muscle group, you use your entire body to do different variations of workouts.
You can add a pull-up bar, TRX straps or “rebounder,” which is a small trampoline, to the Queenax as an added challenge.
“You can probably do 300 different exercises on the equipment itself,” he said.
Erica Wanamaker-Liu was first in line waiting for the six-person demo class, called Ab Lab on Friday. There are full-body workouts and stretching demos, too.
A Western YMCA personal trainer, Wanamaker-Liu said she’s enjoyed the beginner classes because she feels better able to teach them to clients. They offer a new type of workout too, she said.
“You need to use your muscles in a different way,” she said. “It’s not traditional, that’s for sure.”
For one exercise, participants hooked their feet around a bar suspended by TRX bands so they moved into a plank position. Then they bent their knees to the chest.
Then they flipped the movement. People eased into a sit-up position and hooked their feet on the bar. Then they raised their hips and pressed their legs out. The moves worked the abdominal core muscles, legs and back.
“There’s always something you can add as a challenge and also something to make it easier,” Scott said.
Classes, for now, are free to members, but will be between $40 to $80 for 8 or 12-week sessions.
Rogers will happily make the drive from Middletown to Western, though it is not her typical YMCA gym for the classes. The 49-year-old, a runner, likes the Queenax as a cross-training option to help boost her core strength.
She will swim and ride a stationary bike as well.
“It’s worth it,” she said. “I’m always looking to do something different.”
For more information on the demos go to www.ymcade.org.
By: Jen Rini
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July 14, 2016