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VIDA’s Guide to Group Fitness

by Borderstan.com January 19, 2016 at 7:00 am 0

Power yoga (Photo via VIDA Fitness)

With such a huge variety of group fitness classes here at VIDA, we get that that sometimes choosing which one to take can be half the battle. Our classes cover a wide range of different exercise styles — from high intensity movements, strength building, relaxation or heavy cardio. You’ve only got 45 minutes to an hour to spare, so how do you know which one to take?

Here’s a breakdown of our group fitness classes by studio, showing what type of classes to expect in each space and info for picking the class that will best help you reach your goals!

Group Fitness

Most of our group fitness classes are geared towards those looking for a full body workout focusing on both strength and cardio. Classes like VIDA Xtreme, VIDA Body, VIDA Circuit, Conditioning, HIIT and RIP 30/45 all use high intensity interval training techniques to build muscle, develop technical skills and burn fat. In these formats you can expect a good mix of body weight exercises, plyometrics and weight training to elevate your heart rate and build strength during active recovery periods. Basically you’ll need to come prepared for all the push-ups, burpees and high knees you can handle!

If solid weight training is what you’re after, VIDA RX will be your best friend. This hour long class follows the same 10 track format every time with each song spent on a different muscle group. You’ll load up your barbell with weights that you choose, and you can add or remove weight as necessary throughout the class. It’s super easy to follow along with the instructor due to the structured nature of the tracks and a great way to work on proper form and technique for standard weight lifting movements.

Looking to let loose and have some fun? Try a Zumba or Sensazao class to get your dance on, or VIDA Knockout or Kickboxing to throw some punches and feel the stress melt away. These classes make doing cardio so much fun, you don’t even realize how hard you’re working till you’re drenched in sweat at the end!

Also held in our group fitness studio are classes designed to work those problem areas — i.e. your abs and butt. VIDA Assets focuses entirely on lower body exercises (squats, deadlifts, lunges, all that fun stuff) and Killer Core is 15 minutes of purely abdominal exercises. Fifteen minutes may not sound like much, but we promise you’ll be feeling the burn after the first five!

Inner Fitness

The inner fitness studio is where you’ll find your Yoga, Pilates and Barre classes. These classes build flexibility & core strength, improve posture and target small muscle groups difficult to hit with standard exercises.

New to Yoga? Try a Yoga Basics or Vinyasa class – you’ll go through all the poses at a slow and controlled pace with lots of guidance and attention from your instructor (if you want it!) Ready to take your practice up a notch? Our Power Yoga, Rocket Yoga and Ripped Yoga formats offer more strength building exercises such as inversions, arm balances and more variations to poses at a slightly faster pace.

Pilates uses deep abdominal contractions (not your average crunch) in conjunction with your breath to develop strong and solid core muscles. Pilates moves also increase flexibility, improve mobility in your joints and help with proper body alignment – the perfect addition to a regular strength training routine!

If ballet and Pilates had a baby, it would be VIDA Barre. Barre adds traditional ballet movements to Pilates exercises in a fluid, fast paced class that targets all your major muscle groups. Those with a dance background, or those just interested in a dancer-style body will love this class!

Cycling Studio

While cycling sort of speaks for itself, we do have a few different cycle formats you can choose from. Our regular Cycle class is 45 minutes long and includes a series of sprints, hills and climbs to upbeat music, designed to give you a powerful cardiovascular workout.

Don’t want to commit to a whole class on the bike? Try Spin & Sculpt – you’ll spin for the first 30 minutes and then move to the group fitness studio for the Sculpt half (weight training usually focused on upper body.) A great way to squeeze in all your cardio and strength training in just an hour!

Last but not least, our super popular iRide class incorporates weights, jumps, high energy music (and sometimes a live DJ!) into a 45 minute workout on the bike that will leave you pumped up and energized. If you’re into having so much fun while you’re working out that you don’t even notice the sweat, then this is the class for you!

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No matter which class you try, it’s important to remember that ALL class formats offer modifications for exercises and are open to people of all fitness levels! If it’s your first time trying a class, just let the instructor know and they’ll make sure you have all the proper information and guidance to complete the moves correctly and successfully.

It’s also a good idea to show up early if you need some assistance setting up, or want to know what to expect in class first. Our instructors are always happy to answer your questions and make sure you get the best workout possible.

Want more info on a class? Check out our full list of class descriptions here. See you in the studio!

The preceding post was written and sponsored by VIDA Fitness

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