By Renae Leith
Bondi Beauty spoke to Agoga founder and Bondi PT Libby Babet about the rise in popularity of this odd-sounding fitness trend.
1) How would you describe Agoga training?
Agoga is a personal training experience in a premium group environment. Our classes are based on the latest exercise science from around the globe and we’re constantly up-skilling to make sure classes are up-to-date and exciting, we want to keep our athletes on their toes. Our core principles of functional, athletic movement patterns (we call them AMPs) and interval training are designed to create athletic and symmetrical bodies. Our goal is to create stronger, leaner, more agile bodies with the look and function of an athlete.
2) How did it start – what are its origins?
Trainer Libby Babet was frustrated with the training options available for amateur athletes wanting guided strength and conditioning work to supplement their sport specific training.
“The options were either general boot camps (typically too general and not challenging enough), crossfit boxes (which are great fun but often cause competitive types more injuries than an athlete can afford, as they have you lifting heavy loads for time), or hiring an expensive PT,” she explains. “Which is the best option but not always affordable.
“I couldn’t understand why nobody was training these people using proper athletic movement patterns and tailored classes that worked on different athletic goals. Not only are they more effective for athletes, they’re an awesome way for the general public to get lean and super-charge their fitness, without risking injury, or building up certain body parts too much. AMPs make you leaner, faster and stronger… but not bulkier.”
She says it’s the ultimate win for athletes and a great way for regular people to supercharge their fitness and re-shape their bodies.
3) Where did the name come from
AGŌGA (pronounced ah-go-jyah) is the Spartan word for the education and training regimen used to create “a class of warrior citizens” – strong of mind, unflinchingly loyal and physically unmatched.
Just like the athletes and warriors of old, we believe in training our bodies the way nature intended them to be used. Humans were born to move – to run, jump, lift and climb in response to our environment.
4) Who would you recommend it for?
People who have a decent level of fitness already and really want to take their fitness to the next level, or are struggling to create change in their bodies and need to shake up their training. Amateur athletes, or people who were sporty once upon a time and want to get back to their glory days.
5) What does it do for your body ( eg tone, flexibility, strength, poise etc)
Different classes target different goals. Leaner will increase cardio fitness and blast calories, Faster works on improving speed, agility and power, as well as fast-tracking your fitness and burning fat with intervals.
Stronger helps you build strength and power, increasing lean muscle mass. Our Signature session is a metabolic workout that touches on all aspects of athleticism and is designed to exhaust all your energy systems, one by one… it’s a real challenge.
We then have speciality classes like Core, TRX, Boxing, Girls (a full body toner) and Spartan, which will get you prepped for any obstacle race you’re keen to tackle.
6) What is unique about it?
Every week research and development sessions are held, where trainers make sure we’re up-to-date on all the latest (and most interesting) movement patterns, so classes are new and varied every single week.
One week sessions might be superhero themed, the next we’re bringing our athletes sessions direct from the world’s top trainers, then it’s on to workouts based on “Bucket List” active holidays, or we’re training based on how certain celebrities prepped for their biggest Hollywood roles (hellooo Hugh Jackman’s ABS!)… a bit of theatre is all part of the Agoga experience.
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