To say I was a bit cocky during the Orientation at this place is an understatement. “How much can I really get done in a half hour?” The instructors let us know that we could go back to back if we wanted. Yeah-that’s what I’ll do!
I’ve driven past this place on Mills on several occasions-watching with piqued interest as a bunch of people would burst from the front door and run along Mills carrying various objects. It was after seeing a deal online for a much discounted price that I decided to give it a try.
Ha. Two in a row. I was happy to be able to get back on my bike and pedal home without vomiting after my first class. Two weeks later, I’m still satisfied after a half hour go-at-it. The idea reminds me of our years ago P90X stint; muscle confusion, high intensity, etc. You have to attend an Orientation first which is held in the evening on certain days of the week. I was disappointed to not be able to work out that first session, but now that I see how quickly the classes transition, one after the other, I get it.
The format: There is a warm up exercise(s)-usually running outside- followed by four main stations with two exercises each. While it is a total body workout each time, certain days may focus on upper/lower/core exercises. At each station, you are with a group of people and can start with whatever exercise you want to do first, and then do each set three times before rotating to the next station. There may be jumping jacks, burpees, another run (with weights/medicine balls), bear crawls, pushups, etc, in between rotations. The instructor walks around each group and is constantly giving direction/motivation to keep you going. There is also another person that walks around to correct form if needed.
Overall, I’m happy I tried this. I’ve discovered that my knees are not a huge fan of burpees:
I learned that I am a competitive person and thrive in group environments AND I learned that even though I can run for hours on end, this is a whoooole new type of cardio for my body to get used to.
The images on the walls of before/after successes show that this program does work and I can see/feel why. For people who are interested, there is a nutrition piece as well to accompany the workout. The owners/managers also send out frequent emails to keep folks engaged and motivated to make change.
The only thing I wonder: If it was that hot in the building in March…how will they keep people from passing the hell out in July. In Florida. I’m sure hoping they have that covered. If anyone is a competitive ass like myself, I’m sure they would still push themselves in that type of heat to be able to maybe, just maybe, some day be able to do two classes in a row..