Mind and body come together in trivia training
WASHINGTON (NBC) - When you think of a good workout, what comes to mind? Now there's a whole new meaning to a mind and body work out. People at one fitness club in our nation's capital are building brains and brawn with a new class called "Trivia Training."
In this fitness class, you gotta have enough strength and smarts.
And while the exercises may look familiar, Washington Sports Club fitness instructor Libby Linden Rubin calls them by a different name.
Fitness instructor Libby Linden Rubin says "pop culture push ups, historical lunges, smarty pants squats, genius jump roping."
That's because this is Trivia Training, a new group exercise class that has gym-goers working on their cardio while answering trivia questions.
Libby says "we call it Boot Camp meets Jeopardy. It's when you're using your brain and your body together."
The class is based on medical research finding benefits in thinking while exercising. One Columbia University study found that working out increased blood flow to the area of the brain that controls memory. Rubin says that means using your memory while exercising could help brain function.
Libby says "even wiggling your toes activates the nerves that stimulate your brain and internal organs."
The class consists of three basic segments. During the warm-up, exercisers answer true and false questions, moving toward different directions based on the correct answer. In the next part, the class is divided into teams. Whichever team answers a question correctly, choses how intense the next exercise is. Last is the lightning round. Rubin reads statements and if they're true, the class runs. False, everyone drops and does exercises like push ups or squats.
Club member Shim Trusso says "it's generally an hour of hell, but fun and you answer questions which kind of distract you from what you're doing."
A lot of the questions focus on pop culture, but Rubin isn't afraid to test students' knowledge of history or even Shakespeare.
Club member Kurt Beske says "I gave myself a B-, maybe a C+. Not great. I would have been last on the buzzer if it was Jeopardy."
But while they may not notice better brain power, trivia training student Eliza Moody says, at least the questions keep her occupied while she's sweating it out.
Club member Eliza Moody says "your mind is on something else, so you're not thinking that hard that you're huffing and puffing."