I love to try out new fitness classes and workouts so I pretty much jumped at the chance to try out the new Elevate Interval Fitness class. Elevate opened in DC a while back but just opened their first Virginia studio this summer. First class is free.
Elevate your workout
With this crazy heat we’ve been having, I thought it a great time to take my workout indoors. Elevate fitness is designed with a similar class structure to Orange Theory Fitness (see review here) with a few minor differences. The 55 minute class consists of cardio (treadmill running & rowing) and strength training (body weight, dumb bells, TRX, etc.)
The Elevate classes no longer use heart rate monitors and rely on perceived effort. I am a fan of this mostly because the 2 times I tried Orange Theory my HR monitor did not work correctly and I did not think the zones were individualized enough. I spent lots of time in class distracted by the monitors.
Half of the class starts in the cardio section and half starts with the strength training. For my cardio block we alternated with sprints and hills on the treadmill and then 300 m intervals on the air rowers. I was not very familiar with the air rower and was happy to receive lots of help during class from my instructor, Des. The other athletes were also quick to give bits of helpful hints along the way.
Check out this quick youtube video for a look inside a class:
Each class has a set workout that is posted and you simply work your way through the intervals on the treadmill and the rower. We alternated sprints on the treadmill with incline for short 45 intervals. I rarely (make that never) do much speed work so I was not sure what I would be capable of. As the incline raised the time interval shortened. I was pretty amazed that I was able to keep up.
The cardio component is well designed to suit a range of fitness levels. We were instructed to work our way through until time was called. The runners next to may or may not be on the same interval depending on the speed of the runner.
The second half of the class was strength training. Each class has a different focus and my class was shoulders and core. We had squat jumps using the TRX, core work with the Ab Dolley, lunges with a twist and push ups to name a few. You perform as many sets as you can in the time period allowed.
The instructors were very upbeat and helpful. The treadmills and all of the equipment are state of the art. You would never get bored in this class!
To say that I was sweating buckets would be an understatement! I usually do my runs and my strength training on different days. I found Elevate really challenging, in a good, switch it up kind of way. Looking forward to going back in a few weeks with my MRTT friends.
Tell me-Have you done a class like this? Do you do your cardio on the same day as your strength training?
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