Watfit, Body-karate, neo-ballet…these regimens that are reinventing fitness


Principle. The exercises are carried out on an inflatable board placed on the water. We begin to tame the instability of this floating support by climbing on it as the teacher pointed out. After being afraid of falling into the water, you end up finding your balance. As long as you stay focused! After those first warm-ups, you can work on wrapping, strengthening the muscles, doing push-ups… You can’t do any poses, which could be inspired by yoga or Pilates, once you’re on the rocking mat. ” We are not looking for speed but the best possible position ”, confirms Sufian Al-Riyadi, the inventor of Watt Fit, which gives complete freedom to coaches to use this or that music. He even advises muting the sound while learning the movement.

Its strength is taking shape. For forty-five minutes, instability strengthens the muscles. We mobilize our deep muscles and work our balance. Above all, you relax and forget about your worries. In fact, you have to maintain your focus so as not to fall into the water. This is the Watt Fit experience!

Good to know. If it is possible to practice on your own – the rug can be bought – it is best to learn about discipline by taking a few lessons.

Where do you practice? In swimming pools, thalassotherapy centers, etc. To learn more, visit Watfit’s Facebook.

karate suit

Principle. It is about a sequence of gestures that mimic combat by imitating punches, kicks, or other Karate fending techniques. Movements take place in all directions. You have to stay focused! Created by Karateka Catherine Bellerheti for the French Karate Federation, Body Karate is inspired by “Katas”, the basic sequence of the system. But, here, the course is conducted in French, without the Japanese terminology. All without the risk of injuring the opponent … there is no one!

Its strength is taking shape. Strengthens the muscles of the arms as well as the muscles of the legs. It also stimulates the vascular and respiratory capacity.

Good to know. Working on coordination, psychological movement, and memory, body karate is a sport that can be practiced at any age. Especially among the elderly, with the aim of preventing neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.).

Where do you practice? In the clubs of the French Karate Federation. To find out more, visit ffkarate.fr and Bodykarateffk’s Facebook.

wrestling training

Principle. This lighter version of wrestling training was developed by Thomas Cerboneschi (Trainer Les Mills) for the French Federation of Wrestling and allied disciplines. We build muscle through abdominal strengthening exercises and also use accessories like the kettlebell, a steel ball with a handle, originally used by Russian fighters. We swing her back and forth, in a standing position, or pass her from floor to ceiling, over her head, arm outstretched. Initially, it is best to start with a lighter weight bell before increasing the power. Wrestling can be practiced with a slam ball, a soft ball weighted with sand. The machine, heavy surely, is not afraid to jump on its neighbor. Either way, it gets hot fast!

Its strength is taking shape. Improves stamina and sculpts the abs. It also improves its mobility at the level of the hips and strengthens the tone of the back.

Good to know. It is a sport that allows you to expend maximum calories. Perfect for those who want to lose weight.

Where do you practice? In more than 90 wrestling clubs across France. To learn more, visit fflutte.com.


Principle. It’s a rowing-inspired physical preparation technique. ” The session takes place on the rowing machine but also around the machine, with or without a coach “,” explains Juliette Duchmin, responsible for development at the French Rowing Federation. In all cases, the video of the lesson is passed on a screen to each student. Rowing is a “circular training”: consisting of a warm-up and twelve intense 45-second repetitions. The sequence of exercises is repeated three times. Throughout the cycle, every part of the rower is an excuse to perform lunges, squats, push-ups, etc. The bench is used for sitting to pull the handle in the classic way or – more authentically – to put your feet on it and perform abdominal exercises, while lying on the floor. Similarly, in a standing position, you pull the handle to tone your arms. It’s far from a seated scheduled!

Its strength is taking shape. Like inspiration, rowing, rowing strengthens all the muscles of the body.

Good to know. There are also “healthy” versions called “rowning life”. In particular, it is divided into eight one-and-a-half-minute exercises for people who are overweight, sick or have disabilities.

Where do you practice? At a rowing club or affiliated gym. To find out more, visit ffaviron.fr.

Direction: “New Ballet”

You’re a fan of classical dance, but you’ve never done it…or maybe in a long time. What if I auditioned for the New Ballet classes? Put on slippers (demi-pointes) and do some folds, twists, and even arabesques, as well as deep squats and cardio. As the session progresses, after the warm-up, the movements become more technical and more extensive. For an hour, you alternate between fast and cardio movements with other soft and deep movements. Depending on the course, some sections are performed on a ballet rod, others with the help of small weights or rubber bands. background music? Forget Mozart and Chopin! The atmosphere is rather R’n’B.

Finally, we have fun moving our muscles, from the skull (working memory) to the toes! We straighten, better hold our backs, lower our shoulders … And the good news, many online courses are available.

examples? • The Fit’Ballet: The discipline created by the dancer Octavi Escor, which is also found in an extended version. fit-ballet.com. Lee Mills Brie: Course designed by trainer Jodel Berlink. lesmills.com. Bariship: This method is a combination of classic barre, stretching, Pilates and fitness. barhape.com. Cardio Ballet Bar: After a cardio warm-up, dancer Cyrielle Thouin performs a rhythm bar and exercises on the floor. cyriellethouin.com.

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