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New fitness program a one-stop-shop for building core, strength and balance

Warren, RI -- 426 Fitness’s new “Hardcore” program mixes functional body movement patterns with modern training techniques to serve up a unique fitness program not offered by other gyms.

Hardcore – intense, but really means: “harden the core” – and the class achieves this using multi-plane, functional movements that also make the class inclusive. Pilates moves, battle ropes, medicine balls and kettlebells are among the tools used in this fast-paced hour-long class.

“This class is an infusion of lots of different exercises that keep the core strong and the lower back safe,” says Hardcore Instructor Steve Skitek, an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer. “You can make it as intense or as easy as you want. It’s about you and your own limits, and you pushing through them.”

The class warms up with interval training that combines functional movements such as ball catching with the more modern motions such as leg circles on a Pilates mat. With each whistle blow, it’s a fast and steady flux of high cardio and Pilates-based core work.

The hardcore circuit follows the warm up and is “switched up” differently for every program. The circuit often includes flipping an oversized tractor tire, moving sand bags, balancing while lifting kettle bells, swinging battle ropes and throwing a medicine ball.

Skitek designed the six-week class to offer variety and a program that would challenge the body differently from other workout routines.

“This class does a lot of reactive neuromuscular training (RNT) in the warm up, such as catching irregular-shaped balls that bounce in unpredictable directions,” says Skitek. “Balance exercises help train the body to react to the unexpected like slipping on ice or the floor at the grocery store. It’s balance work and we need to practice these skills as we get older because our bodies forget how to react and that’s how we fall.”

“The circuits change and there’s a lot of right brain, left brain cross over patterns too – like when we were kids playing jacks and hopscotch – but we don’t use our brains that way anymore,” says Skitek.

Skitek uses interval training during the warm up because of the cardio benefits. And the multi-planed functional movements offer a more extensive core workout.

“There’s a lot more to core strength than just doing crunches,” says Skitek. “It’s about strengthening the entire TVA (transversus abdominis muscle) – the core of the core. I often get participants to use their own body weight and gravity resistance to push or pull.”

Those who have tried the Hardcore class say it’s the variety that makes the program addictive.

“It’s unconventional, like nothing I’ve ever done before,” says Deryl Pace, 26, of Barrington, RI.

Skitek says the program, which was introduced at 426 Fitness in September, is suitable for people at a variety of fitness levels from age 16 and up.

“The uniqueness of the class is that you get everything done in one stop shopping. You work on your core, you work on your strength, balance – all of this happens in one hour. And you build confidence to do other things and it’s empowering,” he says.

“Whether members are new or old, they just want to try something different that will challenge them differently.”

426 Fitness is a 30,000-square-foot health and fitness facility located in the historic Parker Mills building in Warren, RI.

About Steve Skitek

Steve Skitek has worked as a personal trainer for the past 15 years, working at fitness centers in Florida, California and most recently Providence. Skitek is an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer. He joined 426 Fitness in January 2010.

For more information contact: Steve Skitek on 401-247-7440.