Zen 02 fitness classes are designed as a workout exercise routine for mind, body and spirit in combination.
It is a full body workout routine which both new beginners and advanced trainers can benefit from. It is both a toning and a weight loss workout.
It blends a totally modern exercise groups with old world mental relaxation techniques (more info below).
We came up with this name for our active mindfulness exercise classes in 2013. We wanted a name to celebrate the blend we have in our exercise classes of aerobics/cardio elements together with resistance/mats/bodyweight and ancient mindfulness stemming from our martial arts background.
The 'O' in ZenO2 stands for "Oxygen" and when placed beside the word 'Zen' gives a clear lead as to what our classes are about - mind & body, wellbeing - walking a new path towards fulfilment, energy and health.
In our title we actually use the number '0' instead of the letter 'o' as on the www.zen02.com, the number always shows in upper case and looks better than the alternative 'www.zeno2.com'.
Our blended synergy of mixed exercise elements (i.e. 'concurrent training') is common practice within martial arts, but is uncommon in conventional group exercise programmes. Yet, concurrent training mixed with mindfulness is exactly what many people need and are missing in their lives, even thought they might not know it until they experience it.
A meta-analysis on concurrent training (Jacob et al., 2012) found that performance-oriented athletes training concurrently (for both power and endurance) can show a decrease in performance in each when compared with those simply training for strength and hypertrophy.
However, the client base of Zen O2 are not athletes or body builders, but people looking to become less sedentary, seeking a method of training to which they can grow into, love to practice and call their own over the long term.
So, for example, if fat loss is a person's main goal without a focus on strength or hypertrophy on the one hand, or endurance on the other, Zen 02 is designed to accomplish a balance of a the greatest decrease in fat mass possible, together with a healthy development of lean muscle mass.
Zen O2 makes this superb training blend accessible to non-martial artists, and over the past years has proven time and again, within gym based groups classes, to have the ability to maintain a high degree of loyalty, a consistency class numbers and high retention rates.
A word of caution though, this type of lesson plan needs to be put together by experts in traditional martial arts with a solid 'Zen' base who are also highly qualified in modern science -based personal training and exercise referral, rather than by those with a background either in the sports forms of martial arts or with only a personal training/sports science background.
Zen-based martial arts have a different emphasis to those which are sports and competition-based. At the core, the Zen tradition would be where athletic prowess is a by-product of deeper concerns about overall self-development and personal growth.
For example, the founder of Karate in Japan, Gichin Funakoshi, prohibited sports competition (the first scored bouts did not appear until after his death in 1958).
Zen O2, a new method of training, within the group class format, loosely based on aerobic exercise to music, was invented and developed by me and my husband, Pete, who is also a martial arts teacher.
We put much research and study into developing the ZenO2 forms, segments and pyramids which carefully progress every two weeks, to a new exercise presentation.
Seldom has there been a new and exciting development in the fitness industry more relevant to it's time.
Good luck with your training!