These fitness centers provide a variety of equipment to help you get back into shape. Take the first step by checking them out and then take another by working out regularly. Reporters Yoyo He and Zhang Yang recommend.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is amartial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can thwart a bigger, stronger assailant using proper techniques and leverage, most notably taking the fight to the ground and applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. Shanghai Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was founded in 2004 and offers classes at different levels. Students with no martial arts experience will find the training enjoyable in a relaxed environment. Those with some experience will learn to apply their skills in ground games.
It has a health club that spans the sixth and seventh floors and offers a fabulous oasis of leisure facilities, including a 25-meter indoor lap pool, a sun terrace, an outdoor pool overlooking People’s Park, and a gym complete with sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room. The 24-hour health club provides a perfect reprieve from day-to-day routine.
On the 41st floor of the hotel, it features state-of-the-art exercise equipment, separate lounges for men and women, steam rooms, whirlpools and stunning views of the city. Certified fitness trainers are on hand to help guests reach their workout goals.
Wing Chun or Wing Tsun is a Chinese martial artfor self-defense. It uses punching and grappling moves for close-range combat. As the first school to teach both Wing Chun and traditional Chinese culture in Shanghai, Jun Yong Town Wing Chun was founded in 2002 and has classes for children and adults. The school has sent a number of professional coaches and support staff to other cities in China and abroad. It often invites martial artists and those interested in Chinese culture from around the world to attend its classes.
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At-home workouts for exercising abdominal muscles
PERSONAL trainer Leo Ding shares an abdominal muscle workout that can be done at home. No stretchy bands, balls, or dumbbells are needed.
• Step 1: Leg thrust-up
Stretch out on the floor or a bed on your back with your hands palms-down underneath your glutes to cradle your pelvis during the movement. Your upper back, arms, and hands will be all
that is in contact with the floor throughout the exercise. Keeping your legs stiff and straight.
Beginners can bend the knees a little to make it easier. Now raise them up off the floor until they are vertical. Thrust your legs upward as though trying to put footprints on the ceiling.
• Step 2: Bicycle crunch
Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground and contract your core muscles.
Then with your hands gently holding your head, lift your knees to about a 45-degree angle. Slowly, at first, go through a bicycle pedal motion. Alternately touching your elbows to the opposite knees as you twist back and forth. Remember to breath evenly throughout the exercise.
• Step 3: Sit-ups
Lie on your back on the floor and put your calves on a bench. Start the sit-up by tightening your lower abs. When you reach about 25 to 30 degrees above horizontal, hold for a second and squeeze hard. At last, lower yourself down slowly and under control to avoid hurting yourself.