A new training concept is in town and I’m so excited! There’s nothing more motivating than
trying something new, and the timing is perfect because my new year’s boost is almost gone. I met up with Jennifer Winter, founder of the Bodywheel method to learn more.
By: Henriette Danielsen Photo: Ali Mian
The Bodywheel method is a whole new training concept that is the lovechild of Pilates and functional fitness. The entire method is developed around a wheel that is used as a versatile guiding tool, and each class is 45 minutes of body conditioning, sculpting and lengthening the physique.
It was the lack of physically and mentally challenging classes that made Jennifer Winter set out on a quest with one goal: to simplify the fitness world.
– Either the classes were too long and easy or they felt rushed without direction. I also found them outdated and repetitive. It’s interesting how in 2017 we have drones and self-driving cars, but fitness and health seems to be stuck in the 90s. So why isn’t fitness granted the same innovation as all other aspects of modern life? Then it struck me; Fitness can be modern, fitness can be creative and fitness can be chic. My goal was to then create a workout that is updated and effective, she explains.
Jennifer was working as a professional ballet dancer in New York, London and Austria, but moved to Stockholm three years ago. Inspired by the entrepreneurship of Stockholmers she decided to switch careers and founded Bodywheel in September 2016.
When she created it, it was important for her that everyone would be able to participate in her classes.
– Each exercise is modifiable and the wheel allows you to decide your own level of intensity. There are also variations you can do without the wheel if an exercise is too advanced. In the future, I will develop an online guide showing each exercise step by step, she says.
I developed Bodywheel for the modern woman thus making it short and effective so you have the time to conquer the world
What makes this workout form better than others?
– This workout is something NEW! It gives your body and brain the opportunity to engage in a whole different way. I developed Bodywheel for the modern woman thus making it short and effective so you have the time to conquer the world. The biggest disappointment is leaving a class and not feeling sore the next day, so each Bodywheel exercise targets the body head to toe with direct muscle stimulation.
And the results show that it’s working!
– The combination of stretching and strengthening is the perfect dynamic your body needs. You will see improvements in your balance, coordination, mobility and overall strength. The wheel allows you to find your full range of motion and lengthens the muscles without bulk.
Do you recommend focusing on only this kind of workout or combine it with for example running etc.?
– Although the class is well rounded with elements of strength, cardio and stretching, I always encourage people to move in any way that motivates them. I love to combine a morning run with a Bodywheel session, she says.
Having invented a new and fun workout form kind off gives you the motivation to get up of the sofa, I guess. Do you have any tips for those who still struggle with getting more active?
– Start off slow. You can train for 15 minutes once a week, 20 the next. This gives your body the time to catch up and eliminates the stress-factor of having to get in shape right away. It’s a more realistic and approachable way of reaching your goals. Also, try to find a class that you genuinely enjoy, and then it won’t feel like working out.
Name: Jennifer Beatrice Winter
Lives: Stockholm, Sweden
What motivates you? Knowing that I can help someone find their full potential and make them feel superhuman for 45 minutes is immensely motivational.