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Class Review: Lab5 Fitness – TRX class

6 Oct

ABOUT

The TRX suspension trainer is a completely portable, packable, take anywhere full gym…and it weighs less than two pounds.  It’s a set  of straps anchored to any high location or door jam and from there you can do thousands of body weight strength training exercises that tone muscles and melt body fat. It was developed by a former Navy Seal so you know it works!

WORKOUT

The Lab5 Fitness TRX class was held in it’s beautiful back studio with full length mirrors, wood floors, large windows and great lighting. The TRXs were anchored from the ceiling (perfect for getting the most out of each exercise) and the class size was limited to 12 people. After the warm-up our instructor Ron started the workout with pushups and core work, then we moved into a hard-core lower body section. We did fast squats and lunges with the back foot elevated for 2 minutes followed by  tabata cardio intervals with jump squats. Next we moved into alternating upper body exercises like pushups and rows and lower body exercises using the same tabata protocal (20 seconds on/10 seconds off). We finished with killer planks and mountain climbers with our feet suspended in the TRX handles. The workout lasted for a total of 50 intense minutes and I left sweaty as can be with a full body workout…Toning, check. Cardio, check. Happy hour justification…Double Check!

TONE ZONE

  • EVERY LAST INCH OF YOUR BODY!!!!
  • TRX’s design makes you focus on your core with every move. It’s similar to Pilates or  yoga in that way but waaay more intense.
  • You can get very deep in your squats and lunges to really target the area I affectionately call the “thut” (it’s where your thigh and butt meet)

WHAT I LOVE

  • I was actually excited to try on my skinny jeans after the workout…your body feels so tight and toned it’s like your thighs, triceps and abs have been sucked in. Plus you’ll be sore for about three days…which I totally LOVE!
  • The TRX uses multiple muscle groups at once for more toning and calorie burning in less time plus helps to raise your metabolism
  • The workout increases your flexibility
  • It’s actually very good for newbies or anyone recovering from an injury since you can easily adjust the intensity of each exercise
  • There are so many exercises to choose from you never get bored
  • It’s easy to use, and easy to bring with you anywhere so no more excuses…I’m talking to you frequent travelers.

CROWD CONTROL

  • Celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Gisele Bundchen, Scarlett Johansson
    Mary J. Blige, Ellen Pompeo and Jamie Pressly owe their killer curves to TRX workouts
  • Plenty of pro-athletes including Superbowl MVP Drew Brees and triathletes love the functional training aspects of the TRX
  • My class had frequent TRXers but that’s not always the case. I really recmommend this workout to everyone from beginners to the hard cores. Just make sure you get someone to show you the ropes so you make sure you’re doing it right.

THAT’S WHERE IT’S AT

Lab5 Fitness offers Ballet Barre, Pilates, Yoga, Reformer and Aerial Conditioning classes. The studio, trainers and customer service  are all outstanding I will definitely be going back and I recommend you give it a try if you live in the Seattle area. (First class is free…yay!)

lab5fitness.com

Lab5 Fitness Studio
606 Broadway East Studio A
Seattle Washington 98102

206.325.0662

Check out some TRX workouts on the official TRX youtube page here.

You can buy your own TRX at http://www.trxtraining.com/

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Class Review: The Bar Method

28 Sep

ABOUT

I absolutely love the Physique 57 DVD’s so I was super excited to try the new Bar Method class, after all who wouldn’t want to have the long lean body of a dancer? Both Bar Method and Physique 57 are ballet based workouts that use light weights and dance inspired movements to sculpt long lean muscles while increasing flexibility. Plus the new studio in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle is gorgeous! Lots of turquoise and white, locker room with showers and I loved this…hair ties in case you forget yours!

WORKOUT

We started with arm work including pushups, bicep curls and tricep extensions using light weights. This is a pretty big change for me since I usually lift pretty heavy so two to three pound dumbells seemed, well unintimidating. I was wrong! The teeny tiny one inch movements were killer and I was oh so happy to only be lifting something comparable in weight to an iPad. We them moved onto super small range of motion plies and squats and followed with left lifts lifting up and down only an inch. Oh my goodness where my muscles shaking uncontrollably! I was sweating bullets and I am not ashamed to say I had to stop and rest a few times. We concluded the class with more pushups, killer core work and some great stretches. Even days later I can still feel my biceps and triceps and yes, I wince just a little when I walk by a two pound dumbbell.

TONE ZONE

  • Tight lean biceps and triceps
  • Sculpted shoulders
  • Super flat tight abs (seriously just looking at some of the instructors is inspiration enough)
  • Long, lean thighs and high tight bootys

WHAT I LOVE

I adore doing something different and something that challenges me. I was not good at this class, like at all. Everyone else kicked my butt and I kinda love that. It means I really need to work on this kind of core strength and flexibility. The teachers were fantastic and even though it was my first time they knew my name and were very supportive and gentle in their corrections as they walked around the room. The music was good (pop, my fave) and the class seemed to fly by even during the crazy core work we did neat the end. Plus I’m a sucker for any workout that I can feel days later.

CROWD CONTROL

  • FYI dress to impress at these classes…the girls turn it out! The class was filled with Lululemon‘s fall collection and most girls were in their late 20s to 30s. That might just be this location because I have seen men and women in their 40s and 50s at bar classes.
  • This is a great workout for anyone starting out or looking to do something lower impact and lower intensity. (It’s not going to be high intensity like say, a cardio bootcamp) You can make it your own and  I didn’t really feel like I had to keep up with anyone…a very pleasant surprise.
  • Bar classes are sooo hot with celebs right now. Kelly Ripa, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Drew Barrymore, Lisa Rinna, Anna Paquin, Denise Richards and Jacqueline Laurita to name a few

THAT’S WHERE IT’S AT

www.seattle-eastside.barmethod.com

REDMOND: The Bar Method Eastside Redmond Town Center 7551 166th Avenue NE, #D240 Redmond, WA 98052 425.556.5163 seattle-eastside@barmethod.com

SEATTLE: The Bar Method Seattle South Lake Union 124 Westlake Ave North Seattle, WA 98109 206.467.5249 seattle-eastside@barmethod.com.

Go online to reserve your spot now!