Revolve Pole Studio

Okay. Every woman should be required to take a pole class. I know this sounds so strange… but from someone who has struggled with body image issues my ENTIRE life, I have never felt so liberated or confident EVER! Now I am not saying to get on a pole and twerk on stage in front of an audience in the buff, although if that’s your style, then by all means GO FOR IT, but I am saying to try a pole fitness class like they offer at Revolve Pole Studio.

I have been wanting to try this for quite some time, but I was just super intimidated and nervous that I would look like a total dork and feel out of place, and boy was I proved wrong. First of all, the people that work at Revolve are the sweetest and most patient people. On top of that, the people taking the classes are all super nice as well and there is NO JUDGEMENT.

So my first class was a beginners class where we learned a super short, but super fun routine. Everyone was laughing and chatting and no one judged me when I asked 800 times for Jackie, the owner and instructor, to help me learn the moves. The classes are small so you get 1-on-1 help when needed. There were only 5 people in my first class, 3 in the chair class I took and 5 in the risque pole class I took.

Each class starts with a really simple warm up of stretching and body rolls and just simple movements to get the body warmed up. Then the instructor walks you through a portion of the routine and you just follow along slowly. Then I ask (a few times), “Wait, can you do that again?” or “Wait, how did you do that?” before we run though it to the beat of a song. Then the instructor adds on another portion and we put it together and then another portion, etc, etc until we have covered the whole routine. Then I ask 56 more questions/clarifications and finally the lights dim way down low and we perform the whole routine 3-4 times through to different songs.

Here is the thing. At first I was super self conscious about … touching myself and acting ‘sexy.’ There is a lot of outline the body and touching your hips or whatever, and I was nervous because I wasn’t alone. But as the class went on, I realized that I hadn’t even taken a second to look at anybody else and guess what, they weren’t looking at me. The classes are really about just being in touch with yourself (no pun intended). If you want to go off routine, you can go off routine. It is a very similar theory to yoga where you do you and forget the rest. Be in tune with yourself and move in the way your body craves. I have only taken the three classes so far (beginners pole, chair and risque pole) but each time I leave that studio, I just feel so alive and confident and free.

Now when it comes to it being an actual workout, I would give it like an intensity level of maybe a 4-5. It really does not require a huge amount of strength, but it does require a bit more flexibility and rhythm. After the first few classes, my hip flexors were a bit sore, my calves were sore and my upper back and shoulders were a bit sore, but that was really it. My calves were sore because if you aren’t wearing the 7” platform shoes, you are supposed to stay on your highest of tippy toes, just barefoot. I did try on the platforms and I was SHOCKED as to how comfortable they were, but I think for my ankles sake I will just stick to bare feet.

I suggest signing up for the new member package of 5 classes (use in 2 weeks) for $35 and trying all of the variations to see which on you like best. Then every month they do a series class where you can sign up for a series (I think 4 classes plus some drop in classes) and learn something specific. This month just happens to be beginners/basics, but next month might be chair or something else.

Listen, don’t think too much about it, just go take a freaking class. You do not have to be in shape. You do not have to have rhythm. You do not have to be flexible. You do not have to wear super high heels. You just have to be willing to try something new and really appreciate the fact that you are a beautiful human being and you should flaunt your shit even if it is in a dark room with nobody watching!

For more information on Defy Pilates visit https://revolvepole.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RevolvePoleStudio/ and Instagram at @revolvepole

Lonestar Fitness

“Get the good life.” So I met Kelly West, owner of Lonestar fitness for the first time about 3 months ago at a networking group for work. As soon as she introduced herself I was like, ooh, I need to talk to her! After chatting with her for a bit I just straight up told her I needed to take her class which is super convenient because the gym is less than a quarter of a mile from my work in Bellaire.

The gym is not your typical box gym like Planet Fitness or Anytime Fitness, but I also wouldn’t consider it a boutique gym. It is quite small, but has everything you would need. The thing is, you cannot just go in and work out whenever you feel like it and do your own thing. Anytime you go in for a workout, a trainer either provides a workout for you or you take a small group training class. I decided to try out the small group training class (about 6-8 people) and after having to reschedule numerous times for all sorts of reasons, I finally made it over there last week, AND brought another friend I connected with through another networking event. And can I just say that I am loving how my professional work life and personal gym life are starting to overlap. Makes me very very happy!

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Kearston – networking friend turned workout partner 🙂

Anyways, on Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM they do the small group training classes. I got there around 5:15 PM just so I could look around and get a feel for the place. Like I said, it is small, but has all the equipment you could ever need really. There are like 2 treadmills, a bike or two, an elliptical, a little running strip, a full weights station with dumbbells and barbells, TRX bands, bosa balls, weight machines, etc. etc. I could literally go on for a long freaking time, but you get the point. I was greeted by Jess when I first walked in along with another trainer and then later met a third trainer who helped lead the workout, and I have to say, they were ALL so freaking nice. Unfortunately, Kelly wasn’t there, but I had already rescheduled so many times, I didn’t want to reschedule again when I found out she wasn’t going to be there.

Jess led the workout and when 5:30 hit, she took called us to the the back of the gym and assigned us all stations. Each station had a mat, a dumbbell, another ‘elevator’ of some sort (I will explain later) and a jump rope. There was a white board in front of us with like 10 exercises on it. The goal was to run through the exercises as many times as you could in 30 minutes. Here were some of the exercises (and I am not sure on the exact number of reps or order of each one, but I know I am in the ballpark): 15 Hip thrusts with the dumbbell, 20 breakdancers (abs), 20 alternating lunges with weight in the air, 15 elevated push-ups (so whatever elevator you had, you put your feet on and did push-ups – I had a bosu ball), 20 weighted v-ups (abs), 15 reverse pushups (kind of like pullups on a bar or TRX bands), 15 squat jumps and 50 jump ropes. Something like that. So you just cycled through as many times as you could in 30 minutes with a goal of 3 rounds. I made it through about 3 and half rounds.

When I first saw the whiteboard and heard the explanations of the exercises, I was like eh this is going to be easy and boring, but I was actually very surprised at how I felt after. I was a little sweaty, mainly because there is no air, just big fans, and my quads were shaking pretty intensely. What I didn’t like though was that there wasn’t a warm-up or cool-down and if there isn’t one built into the workout, I typically don’t do it even though I know how important it is. Anyways, I see Kelly pretty much every week for work now and her catchphrase is “get the good life” meaning, she doesn’t want to be that fad gym. She wants clients who are ready to make a lifestyle change, clients who have a serious goal and are ready to achieve it through nutrition and fitness. I love this! Fitness is not a fad. Health is not a fad. Diets should never be a fad. Your health is a lifestyle change and you have to commit to making that change or else you will never achieve your goals. If you are serious about getting healthy and making a change, contact Kelly. She would love to chat with you at her gym and figure out a plan to get you from where you are to where you want to be.

 

For more information on Lonestar Fitness visit https://lonestar.fitness/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LonestarGetFit/ or and Instagram at @lonestar.fitness

Defy Pilates

So this place changed the way I thought about reformer pilates. Think of a barre workout on the reformer. Talk about burning muscles! Most reformer classes do have a barre inspiration, but Defy takes it to another level.

Defy Pilates in Houston, both conveniently located for me. One is in bellaire, within walking distance from my work and one is in the heights, about 5 minutes from my house. They offer 2 free trial classes, so I tried one class at each location. I didn’t have a problem booking the Bellaire location and went right after work one day. The heights location on the other hand was harder to book. I had a friend wanting to join me so we needed 2 spots available and could only make the 5:30 AM classes which were all full!! We had to book our class 2 weeks in advance and ended up taking the last 2 spots.

Both of the classes were pretty equal in intensity. The first one I took used a little weighted yellow ball and this big box thing that you put on the reformer to use as a prop to sit and lay on. The second class used the pilates ring and the same big box. Like I said, both classes were very barre inspired with lots of pulsing. For instance, you may start by doing full range lunges for a period of time and then switch to pulses where you move within an inch of space. This is where the burn ramps up!

Defy is definitely a full body workout, but again, just like with any reformer class I have taken, you barely sweat even though your muscles are on fire. Both locations were really easy to get to with decent parking lots. Pretty convenient for anyone really. Oh, and one other thing I like is that they don’t require you to buy those grippy socks! You can just go barefoot if you want.

Here is my reformer pilates rankings from most favorite to least so far:

Defy Pilates

Method Pilates

PosturFit

Avenue Fitness

HIP Fitness

Anyways, you get 2 free classes, so why wouldn’t you give it a try??

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Thanks for the company @connieisthebest

For more information on Defy Pilates visit http://defypilates.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Defy-Pilates-1164304360358641/ (Bellaire) or https://www.facebook.com/Defy-Pilates-325458807873070/ (Heights) and Instagram at @defypilates

 

Empower Fitness Lab – HIIT Box

This place. This place knows how to ave fun. But let me back up for a second. So, I signed up for a class through class pass, and then last minute had to cancel because something came up. I called to see what could be done, and was prepared for them to be like, your shit out of luck and you owe up $15 for canceling late, but that is not even remotely what happened! The guy that answered the phone, was like no biggie, we will try to recredit the class and if you don’t see a credit back within the week just give us a call and we will go ahead and sign you up for a free class anyways. So about 4-5 days pass and I get a text saying, don’t forget to sign up for your free class! I was like OKAY! YAY! Here is the date I want and I was all signed up again. No harm no foul.

I really wanted to try their HIIT (high intensity interval training) Box class. They also have HIIT Yoga and HIIT Strength I think … and maybe some others, but I wanted to try the boxing one. I signed up for a Thursday 5:30 PM class and got there about 20 min early for the typical paperwork and first time run down stuff. I found a parking spot, but the shopping center it was located in was pretty crowded, so I would imagine it may get pretty tough to park at certain times of the day. As soon as I walked in I was greeted, very energetically I might add, by like 4 people. I filled out the little waiver thing and then was shown the ropes. I was also given a heart rate monitor to put on for the class.

So I found out that the person who like started Orangetheory Fitness branched off and started this after he left Orangetheory. I don’t know the full story, but I could see some resemblance like with the heart rate monitor and ‘scoreboard.’ There are a few screens around class and you are suppose to stay in a certain color with your heart rate and you get points based on the time you spend in each zone and you are ranked in the class. Not sure if I really care about the scoreboard though. I mean I am going to workout the same intensity whether I see my points on a screen or not. Some people may really like seeing that though.

Anyways, the workout was half on the floor and half on the treadmill, but not a normal treadmill. It is one of those curved treadmills that you propel it by how fast you run. So the faster you run, the faster the belt moves. So half of the class is spent on that and you go through intervals that the instructor calls out. So there is you base pace, which is basically walking, then a faster pace that I don’t remember the name and then your all out sprint. So he may say, 1 minute base pace, 3 minute middle zone and 30 second all out sprint. You go through various intervals for about 30 minutes, then switch with the group on the floor.

On the floor we spent 15 minutes doing intervals of free weights, TRX bands and the rowing machine. Then the last 15 minute segment is spent on the punching bag doing various punching combos and other workouts like jump squats and lunges. We ended class with a couple minutes of stretching and that was that!  It was basically a middle ground between Sweat 1000 and Orangetheory. I was not a fan of Orangetheory, but I am obsessed with Sweat 1000. If you have class pass, I recommend checking it out. The atmosphere and staff was amazing and the workout was great too. Definitely something a bit more unique.

For more information on Empower Fitness Lab visit http://www.empowerfitnesshouston.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/empowerfitnesslab/ and Instagram at @empowerfitnesslab

Method Pilates

I’m pretty sure I have said this a few times before, but reformers pilates is typically not my jam. I am more of the cycle, bootcamp, sweat, sweat, sweat type workout girl, buttttttt when one of my favorite yoga instructors from Revolution Studios opened up her own reformer pilates studios, I just had to give it a try.

I’ve taken 2 classes so far, both from Dani, and I have really enjoyed them. I still have 1 more to take, and I am looking forward to trying a different instructor. What I love about the studio is, well a lot. It is in Rice Village which is a great location, and has a Nourish juice bar in the front of the studio. All of the reformers have these cute and inspiring saying engraved into the floor and there is a really fun neon spring sign on the wall that is perfect for taking boomerangs (boomerang wouldn’t load for some reason 😦 but you can see the fun light up spring sign in the background of this pic even though it’s blurry). There is also a small retail section with method branded clothes and grippy socks and I so want to buy all of it!!

Method Pilates Rice Village

The class itself was medium intensity, which is perfect for beginners and also for the more advanced person. In 50 minutes they focus on your entire body. Both classes I have taken started with a focus on legs and booty, then we moved to arms and back and ended with abs and a bit of cardio. Like I said, full body workout! Legs and booty are usually worked by doing squats, lunges and leg lifts with resistance plus some other stuff. Arms are typically bicep curls and tricep kickbacks, etc. Abs are planks or mermaids (which SUCK). Lastly, cardio is like mountain climbers in plank position or something like that.

If you have never taken a reformer class, I definitely recommend trying one out. They are pretty fun mainly because it’s just different than anything else. It is all resistance which is adjusted by adding springs on and off your carriage which makes it harder or easier to move. It doesn’t seem like much when you are actually in the class though, or at least I never sweat and muscle fatigue doesn’t ever really happen for me, but in the days to follow I am always sore, especially in my abs and obliques.

One negative and positive about the class is that there are only 8 spots total per class so you have to book your class pretty far in advance cause they fill up FAST! The good part about there only being 8 people in class is that you get the one-on-one assistance and support you need from the instructor. Classes are all purchased and booked through their app which you can download from the app store for free. You can also see a full schedule and all of their pricing in the app. They have single classes for purchase if you just want to try it out once or packages that you can buy depending on what you are looking for.

So far I would say this is my favorite reformers pilates class. My ranking is:

  1. Method Pilates
  2. HIP
  3. Avenu Fitness

I still have a bunch of reformer classes already on my schedule to take and will add them to the rank as I blog about them. Whichever class you decide to take, just don’t forget your grippy socks!!!

 

For more information on Method Pilates visit http://www.methodpilates.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/methodpilates.tx/ and Instagram at @methodpilates (btw, their instagram is super cute)

 

Hunter Dance Center

This workout was 943580348 times harder than I thought it would be. I was humbled, that’s for sure. According to Wikipedia… “Aerial silks (also known as aerial contortion, aerial ribbons, aerial tissues, fabric, ribbon, or tissu, depending on personal preference) is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a fabric. The fabric may be hung as two pieces, or a single piece, folded to make a loop, classified as hammock silks. Performers climb the suspended fabric without the use of safety lines, and rely only on their training and skill to ensure safety. They use the fabric to wrap, suspend, fall, swing, and spiral their bodies into and out of various positions.”

I had seen so many people on Instagram and Facebook do these workouts and make it look so effortless and fun and I was like, “I wanna climb these puppies and suspend from the ceiling like spiderman!” I signed up for a class and recruited one of my workout buddies to join me so I wouldn’t be the only uncoordinated newbie in the class. I show up and was talking to the really nice girl at the front desk who was all, “Oh, don’t worry! Anyone can do it. It’s for any fitness level and expertise.” LIES. Just LIES.

There were 8 sets of silks in the room, and most of us were doubled up with someone, so the class was around 12-14 people maybe, and probably half were newbies like us and 1 girl who was like a freaking monkey. She was climbing these silks like a mad woman.

So how the class worked was we started out with a typical warm-up, then got right to the silks. While one person was on the silks, the other was either doing squats or abs or pushups or something off the silks. The instructor would show us a move and it looked just sooooooo simple but these little fu**ers were so stretchy and my arms are still super weak that EVERY move was a struggle and looked like what I assume a baby panda bear would look like climbing a tree for the first time, but I was less graceful. Below is a little video of one of the moves, and again, it looks soooo simple, but I swear to you it is not.

I don’t think I sweat at all during this workout and what I didn’t like about it is that there really wasn’t a way to do an easier moderation of the moves, so if you didn’t have the strength to do it, then you just couldn’t do it. When I left, I didn’t really feel like I got a great workout, except maybe in my abs from laughing so hard at myself…and the ab portion actually was a b****.

All in all I did have fun, but I don’t think I would go back unless I had more arm strength. Also, it hurts your hands really bad because you are gripping so tightly and It’s just not something your hands are really used to so even if you have the strength, your hands hurt so badly that it is still hard to hold on, although I know that is something your hands would eventually get used to with time. Oh and I found them on class pass just FYI.

 

For more information on Hunter Dance Center visit http://www.hunterdancecenter.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hunterdancecenter/

 

Black Swan Yoga – Kirby

In terms of yoga class, Black Swan Yoga is just about tied with Revolution Studio. In terms of facility and people, Revolution takes the cake hands down, no competition. I used one of my class pass classes on Black Swan Yoga on Kirby even though I don’t think they do memberships. I think you just pay $10 per class, but don’t quote me on that. Parking kind of sucked too. I had to park in the strip center next to theirs, and was kind of nervous that I would get towed because Houston is awful about towing and I wasn’t technically a customer of that strip center, but I figured it was around closing time for those shops and I was running a bit late so yeah. Didn’t get a ticket or towed so I guess if you go to Black Swan Yoga on Kirby and they are out of parking spots, you can park in front of the mattress store, I guess…

Anyways, I walked into BSY and I was really shocked because it was like all guys. Usually there are a few guys in my yoga classes, but this was way more than usual it seemed like. Anyways I got signed in and the girl was like, “Enjoy.” I was like … uhhh where do I go?? Basically there is the lobby with cubbies (not lockers) and one big yoga room. So I made my way into the studio and claimed my spot and luckily I wasn’t running any later than I already was because class was absolutely packed!! We were squinching together to make space for everyone.

I took a 60 min flow from Angie… I think… and it was fantastic. I had had a pretty stressful day at work that day and needed to really unwind and this class did the trick. We started with a typical warm up and a flow very similar to Revolution but then ended with some balance postures and our cool down and final resting state. The class was decently advanced … or I guess you could say intermediate. Any level yogi would be welcome and could take moderations if needed, but I really had to push myself to keep up with some of the poses.

I would say BSY is also a hot yoga, but not inferno. I was pretty drenched by the end of class. The community aspect I was typically look for at any gym was kind of lacking. The instructor never introduced herself to us and the staff was just kind of like, “Oh it’s your first time? Cool …” I don’t know, I don’t think I deserve to be treated like royalty, but it really makes a huge difference when the staff and instructors take an extra step to make you feel welcomed.

Another little perk about BSY is that there is a juice/smoothie shop connected to it for a post flow pick-me-up. I didn’t try it because I was going home to cook dinner right away, but I have heard really good things about JuiceLand and will have to try it sometime. May even have to write a post about juice/smoothie places in Houston. I definitely have a favorite (cough cough Sustain Juicery cough cough). So many people think these juice places are all super healthy and then they go and get a cup of sugar. Sorry (not really that sorry) about the tangent … but yeah… BSY was a really fantastic workout and I would suggest taking a class there, butttt getting there early because it does get PACKED.

 

For more information on Black Swan Yoga at Kirby visit https://blackswanyoga.com/houston/schedule/kirby/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blackswanyogakirby/ and Instagram at @blackswanyogahouston

Studio Fitness Heights – TRX Suspension Training

If you have gym-timidation like at all, this is NOT the place for you. But before I get into all of that, let’s talk traffic and parking. Both were AWFUL for me. I left my office at 5:15 PM which is right on 610 at Bellaire and I didn’t arrive until 6:05 PM. If it wasn’t rush hour it should have taken me about 20 minutes. When I finally got there, it was a bit dark and I had no clue where to park. It was mostly street parking and if you went over a block or two there were plenty of spots, but I am always so nervous about street parking in Houston. Anyways, I got to Studio Fitness and parked with about 10 minutes to spare….not that it really mattered though because I was the only one in my class.

I walked in and this is where the gym-timidation immediately kicked in. There were like 100 people doing 100 different training sessions and classes and just everything. It was ABSOLUTE chaos. I don’t even know what you get if you sign up to be a member of Studio Fitness. Some people were doing their own thing, some were in classes, some were personal training and some were just chilling on couches in the front. I was very confused. The gyms itself was pretty run down, but they had probably EVERY piece of gym equipment you could think of though. They had cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, punching bags, TRX bands, boxes for jumps, sleds, medicine balls, I mean really, you name it, they had it!

Studio Fitness Heights Interior
Stole this image of Studio Fitness Heights Interior from Google

So I walked in and was greeted by some very nice people and showed to where my class was going to be. I was the only one for the class that day, but typically it’s a small group training session, so no more than 8 people per class. My instructor was really nice. He was probably about 60-70 years old. I hope he never sees this though in case I am way off and he’s really like 40-50 … that would be AWKWARD!

I signed up for the TRX class which are the bands in the image below. This is just an image I googled because I was so overwhelmed with everything going on that I forgot to take pictures. The class was broken down to 3 sets: legs, abs and arms. Legs was just a bunch of lunges and squats. Didn’t really feel like it was a great leg workout, but the abs and arm moves were really difficult. Basically every exercise is an ab workout though since you have to stabilize yourself on the bands the entire time. I definitely think my arms will be sore tomorrow.

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This is just a stock image of TRX Suspension training that I also stole from Google …

Ultimate question is, would I sign up for it again? And I would have to say no. If you want to visit Studio Fitness, I would sign up for another class, unless you are a beginner, then this class will be a great starting point with your fitness.

For more information on Studio Fitness Heights visit https://www.studiofitness.org/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/studiofitnessheights/ and Instagram at @studiofitnessheights

 

DEFINE Bellaire – Hammock Yoga

*After I wrote this post, I decided to add this disclaimer at the top because this post is jibberish… I even say that towards the end, but I did my best to describe my experience sooooo yeah… enjoy… or don’t… whatever 🙂

I have never felt so free and relaxed, yet empowered and strong. Hammock yoga is like this magical little workout where you walk in feeling tense, sore and maybe even anxious and leave 75 minutes later a calmer, more aware human being. I know this sounds super strange and hippie dippy, but I don’t know how else to explain it.

Like I said, the workout is 75 minutes long and NOTHING like what I was expecting. From the pictures I’d seen, I thought it would be more like an areal or silks class. Lots of strength training while using the hammock as a prop, and boy was I wrong. We started off laying in the hammock like we were little caterpillars in a cocoon. We worked on our breathing and just becoming present in the moment. Leaving the outside world outside for the time being and just focus on the now, which is really what the practice of yoga is all about. Then we came out of our hammocks and did some light stretching and waking up our bodies. Our instructor (whose name I forgot) asked the class what we wanted to work on so she could tailor the class to the people in the room, which was great because I always need to work on relieving tension in my shoulder. We spent quite a bit of time on the mat with a ball rolling out our muscles, basically the same as using a foam roller, but we used a ball instead, which I actually liked a lot more. You could really pinpoint specific muscles and had better control with the ball vs. a foam roller. What was strange was that we spend most of the time rolling out our pelvic muscles, abs and obliques. I have never rolled those out before, and it hurt so badly during the actual workout but the aftermath was total relaxation. We also used the ball to roll out our neck, shoulders and back. Then we made our move to the hammock and just hung upside down releasing every single muscle and just focused on breathing. After we hung, we used the hammock to stretch out our hip flexors and this was an incredible feeling. I have SUPER TIGHT hip flexors, and pigeon pose in yoga is always painful and awkward but much needed. We did pigeon pose while standing with one leg in the hammock and I could have just stayed in that pose the entire time and would have been so happy. The instructor explained how the hammock helps our bodies stretch by using our natural form instead of trying to force our bodies into a certain position. I don’t really know if that made sense, but whateverrrr. After we did some more hammock stretching we hung upside down one more time before class was over.

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I feel like this whole post is just jibberish, but I really don’t know how to explain what we did any better. I HIGHLY suggest you trying this class out though especially if you are one of those people who are constantly killing it in the gym orrrr if you sit at a desk all day everyday and your posture is compromised. I also wish I could better explain the feeling I had when I left the studio. Well, right as I was walking out I didn’t feel that different, but about 30 minutes after, I was just like gleaming. I was just so in the moment and aware of how good my body felt. Every single muscle was relieved of tension and stress. It was just this empowering yet calming sensation. I don’t know … like I said, you need to try it out to see what I am talking about and then you can comment with your experience because this is pure jibberish…

 

For more information on DEFINE body & mind at Bellaire visit http://bellaire.definebody.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DefineBellaire/ and Instagram at @definebellaire

Sweat 1000

I am so glad I went back to Sweat 1000 for a second class and this time I brought along some victims (insert evil laugh here). But really … Sweat 1000 is probably one of the hardest workouts I have experienced so far. If you read my Orangetheory Fitness post, then image that but ON STEROIDS!  

Sweat 1000 Heights is the first location in the US which is pretty cool. As of now (January 14th is when I am writing this post) they are still under construction, but are having trial classes for people to be able to experience the madness before they officially open. Sweat 1000 originated in South Africa and is now spreading their wings into the US, Australia and Switzerland. I have a feeling they will do extremely well in Houston, especially at their Heights location.

My first experience with Sweat 1000 was a great one! Everyone was super inviting and very motivational. Tashie (@tashiesmith) was my first instructor and she was a bulldog, but like a really cute and friendly one. During the workout she was barking out exercises kind of like a drill sergeant, but she never singled anyone out, or put anyone down for not being able to keep up. That is one of the things I loved about this place is that it is SUPER intense, but no one ever pushed you too hard. They motivated you to do YOUR best and forget what everyone else was doing. Andrew (@andrewsweat1000) was the same way. He was tough, like really tough, but always encouraging. Both Tashie and Andrew were super nice before and after class as well, saying how good we did, even though I was minutes away from death. Last comment about the amazing people at Sweat 1000 before I get to the actual workout. The owners, Jordan (@jstrouse4) and Ana (@natassjb) were incredible. I went to Tashie’s class on the 6th and then when I went back for Andrew’s class on the 14th, they remembered me. Not only did they remember that I had been there before, but they remembered my name! Now I know they had a signup list with everyone’s names, but still, that’s impressive and it means more than they know. That’s one of the reasons I love Revolution Studio too, because they know you by name after like 1 class and make you feel like you are really part of this wonderful and welcoming community.

Now it’s time to talk about this craziness they call a workout. The workouts are 60 minutes of insanity. It is set up similar-ish to Orangetheory Fitness like I mentioned before, but instead of spending 30 minutes on the weights and then 30 minutes on the treadmill, you are switching every 5 minutes or so from floor to treadmill. There are tons of variations on the treadmill. Sometimes you are sprinting, sometimes you are maxed out on hills at a 30% incline… yes… I said 30% and if you have never experienced a 30% incline before, I encourage you to go see what it feels like. And if you don’t have a treadmill, just walk over to the wall and try walking up that… it’s basically that same thing! While you are on the treadmill they call out 4 numbers, the first 3 are speeds so you have your runner speed, jogger speed and walker speed and the 4th is the incline. Let’s just say, I can barely keep up with the walker speed…that’s how intense it is. So you do like 5 minutes on the treadmill then jump off and do 5 minutes on the floor. If the class is really full, half of the people are on the floor while the other half are on the treadmill and they they switch back and forth. If the class is on the lighter side, then everyone is on the treadmill at the same time and then on the floor at the same time. Floor exercises vary. My first class we had weights and a buso ball, second class we had like an aerobic step and weights, and I know they also have punching bags that they can set up. All of the workouts on the floor are pretty similar. Lots of body weight and free weight exercises with the last round focusing on abs. At the very end we stretch for a bit and then die…or just begin to dread the fact that everything is going to be sore when we wake up the next day. Hurts sooooo good!

The atmosphere is pretty neat too. I know they are not fully done with construction, but I have seen some insta posts from their South Africa studios and its all black lights,laser lights and loud music. We had a bit of that, but apparently our experience with Sweat 1000 was only at about a 30% level compared to what it will be like when they are done. The Heights location will have full bathroom facilities with showers and towel service so you can go before work and just get ready there to save time. It will also have a limited coffee bar and fresh smoothies and there is even talk of a Seaside Poke kiosk in case you want to grab lunch or dinner after a workout.

So definitely up there in my favorite workouts, and as far as I can think, I think I will go ahead and give it the “toughest” workout award… maybe… probably…

Not sure if they are doing anymore trial classes before they open, but their plan is to open sometime in the next 2 weeks-ish (from the 14th). So they may be open before this post goes live. Oh, let’s talk pricing real quick before I let you get on with your life. There is a founders package which is 200 buck-a-roos per month for the first year that you can get in on NOW, otherwise it is $30 per single class, $145 per 5 classes, $275/10 and so on and so forth. All of their pricing is on their website which I will give to you now …

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For more information on Sweat 1000 visit http://www.sweat1000.com/studios/usa/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sweat1000houstonheights/ and Instagram at @sweat_1000