Peak XV Fitness holds regular outdoor workouts and is
considered the premier outfit for Women’s fitness in
Reading. The sessions take place in Christchurch
Meadows in Caversham in a beautiful setting down by
the river. The sessions are an hour long and are
attended by women in search of fitness from all over
the Reading and West Berkshire area. The intense
sessions are split into four sections each focusing on
different aspects of women’s fitness. Reading is not
well served by outdoor fitness providers and Peak
XV Fitness have only been operating their outdoor
Fitness Bootcamps for 18 months.
The first section of the Reading women’s workout
is the often overlooked dynamic flexibility. It is
often wrongly thought that slow static stretching is
good at the start of the workout but nothing could
be further from the truth. Research into women’s fitness
has consistently showed that static stretching pre
workout can often lead to muscle and tendon injury.
It is much more sensible to begin the workout with a
structured progressive dynamic warm up where the
movements expected in the workouts are replicated
at ever increasing intensity. This not only decreases
the likelihood of injury amongst participants but also
prepares the muscles, joints and nervous system for the
rigours of the session ahead.
The next section of the women’s fitness class is the
circuit training portion. The coaches at Peak XV Fitness
particularly focus on body weight exercises which are
great for sculpting the female body without adding bulk.
Functional exercises like squats, push ups, lunges and rows
are common and are often supplemented with band exercises
and kettle bell drills to maximise the calorie burn effect.
Next High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) running drills are
used by the instructors both to burn maximum fat but also to
improve the cardiovascular fitness of the ladies. Popular drills
include repeated 40 metre sprints with short rest periods. Ten
minutes of this high intensity work is followed by a controlled
cool down and static stretch. This is the time to do the static
stretches, according to the team of coaches, where Reading
women’s fitness participants are encouraged to hold the
stretches for up to 30 seconds in order to restore muscle
length and alleviate some of the next day’s muscle soreness.
All members of the Reading women’s workout group also get
full nutritional support in the form of a monthly meal plan and
shopping list, courtesy of in house Nutritional Therapist Steve
Hines. Steve encourages the girls to eat regularly to keep their
energy up and to base their main meals around healthy protein sources
such as meat and fish and supplement this with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
He encourages them not to be fat phobic and to get healthy fats in the form of
Omega 3 oils which are great for weight loss.
Anyone wishing to benefit from the expertise of the team
at Peak XV Fitness and is specifically looking for a women’s workout
in Reading should go to www.peakxvfitness.com/bootcamps and
request an information pack. They have several successstories on
their website that show the results that can beachieved with a little hard
work and dedication.