What is it? A new 30-minutes class at Virgin Active, combining old school weight-lifting and primal movements.
My experience: As the owner of a distinctly dodgy shoulder, I’m always really wary of lifting weights in case I do myself further damage. However, it’s something I definitely want to do more of, which is why I was excited to try out weights in the controlled environment of Iron Zuu.
Our instructor for the class was Nathan Helberg, an Aussie fitness fanatic who was evidently very passionate about the benefits of ‘primal movement’ and used his knowledge to develop the Zuu and Iron Zuu classes (the former is apparently HUGE in Australia, and those guys know a thing or two about getting ripped).
The idea of combining weights and movement is to provide a full body workout, active recovery between lifts and to improve injury prevention. Nathan told us that the bear crawls mean you have stronger arms and joints so if you stick you’re arm out when you’re falling, it’s less likely to snap, at which point I had to stop listening and do a bit of silent wretching because ARGH SNAPPING ARMS. It did work though; my enthusiasm for bear crawls was duly renewed.
Overall I enjoyed it, my only concern being that, for the dodgy-shouldered among us, there was barely any explanation of the weight-lifting moves for anyone who doesn’t normally lift. However, most moves were fairly self-explanatory, and it certainly offers something different from my normal aerobics classes.