Fitness class on trial: NOVA Dynamic Yoga and Pilates

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The health and fitness benefits of yoga and pilates are huge, but what if you can't tap into your inner yogi? Virgin Active Gym's new NOVA fitness class is a dynamic combo just for you.

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The number of celebrity fans of yoga and pilates just proves how effective it is as a fitness class.

With muscle strengthening across your whole body and posture improvement, it's almost strange we don't all do it.

If you've been put off by position names, inflexibility or the struggle to breathe right, NOVA at Virgin Active is definitely worth a try.

What NOVA involves


NOVA combines parts of creators Jayne Nicholls' dynamic yoga ideas with Pilates specialist Rachel Holmes' similar 20 plus years in the industry.

The pair have created a class with seamlessly combined yoga and pilates set to unusually upbeat music.

So, it's not about to be Dance Anthems 2001 but there are some sing-a-long tracks and not a trace of a wind chime.

The class works on flexibility, strength and cardio through a combination of fluid and fun movements.

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The pilates sections of the class contain a lot of obvious strength training like lunges, squats and the plank



Give it a try if:


You've always wanted to try yoga or pliates but been put off by the idea of meditating and breathing in silence. This is laid back, fun and challenging.

Give it a miss if:


You either love the classics too much to stray, or can't work out without serious base and something to pound - either the ground or a punch bag.

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There is an attention to the beauty of yoga without getting bogged down in terminology



What to wear:


You can wear your usual gym attire, depending on preference. Shoes aren't required and a mat is provided but a towel is a must.

Cost:


From £40 per month for Virgin Active Gym membership. View full details about membership.

Location:


NOVA is available exclusively at selected Virgin Active Health Clubs from 19th May.

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