I had the ‘pleasure’ of experiencing a fitness class new to me called The Viking Method this morning. The Viking Method consists of unique functional exercises that work your body to the maximum, increasing your growth hormone activation and forcing the body to burn more fat.
The lady who created this class a number of years ago, Svava Sigbertsdottir, an Icelandic national instructed the class and from the get go you could see her passion for the workout shine through. There were six of us in the class. Within 10 minutes of warming up we were sweating like pigs! The class is an hour long and consists of exercises I had never even knew existed – making the class exciting as well as tough.
We started by simply running to get the body warmed up. Shortly after that we found ourselves crawling and jumping in a burpee type way, followed by sliding along the floor. Squats were a common exercise throughout the class, with varied forms including jumping up on the stepper. The most intriguing exercise and probably the most difficult for me was the ‘plank crawl unders’. You need to pair up with someone, they place themselves in a raised plank position and you have to crawl under them, forward and back. An advanced version of this, sliding, can be seen here. VERY tough!
Other exercises included a challenging burpee / push-up sequence of 6 x 8 x 10 reps followed by 10 x 8 x 6 reps. I guess it sounds nice and easy but believe me, these are not the nicest exercise to do 40 minutes in to the class.
We began our cool down with another exercise new to me called ‘the flower’. Each of us gathered around in a petal shape using our mats. We lay down flat on our backs, raised our legs into the air and did 6 x 10 x sit ups, with each of us counting to ten in our mother tongue – an engaging and fun way to complete an exercise.
Tough and all as the class was, I’ll definitely be doing some more. It’s a class that doesn’t involve a huge amount of equipment other than your body and motivation – which for me hits the spot.
Give it a try!