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A Taste of HIT Yoga with the Urban Athletic Club Georgetown

A Taste of HIT Yoga with the Urban Athletic Club Georgetown

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 7:39am

Chaturanga pratice during the warm up!

Chaturanga pratice during the warm up!

Overall Score: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Fun Factor: 
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Difficulty: 
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Instructor: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Date Attended: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 6:00pm
Price: 
Free for first visit (Flex memberships start at $40/month)
Class Title: 
HIT Yoga
Class Description: 

I have been looking for new fitness classes to try out lately, and I came across the Urban Athletic Club based on a blog post from Mar On The Run just in time. I have to admit, even the name "Urban Athletic Club" had me excited and their class offerings looked pretty great too! I was just about to sign up for the Urban Athlete class when I came across HIT Yoga.  I was immediately intrigued about the prospect of combining high intensity training with the zen-inducing yoga, so I quickly changed my selection - and I can tell you I was not at all disappointed with my decision!

I arrived at the Georgetown location and bumped into a few fellow newbies. We were all anxious to see what this HIT Yoga was all about. Our instructor, Laura, greeted us at the door and gave us a run through of what we'd be doing. We set up our mats, grabbed a couple of light dumbbells and got down to business.

Laura warmed us up with some basic yoga poses and transitions. Lots of downward dogs, planks and chaturanga holds. I still question her definition of warm up as my muscles were trembling and I was already glistening within the first few minutes! We also used the warm up to go over our breathing techniques: inhaling and exhaling through the nose and finding our "bandhas". Not sure if I ever found mine, but Laura was very encouraging and helpful nonetheless. She constantly helped each student make minor adjustments to improve our posture and (un)fortunately to feel the pain even more. For me, she helped me to use less of my legs and glutes, and focus more on my transverse abdominals (muscles that wrap around lower abs) and open up my hips.

After the "warm up" we moved into some strength poses with an intense round of wide stance push ups and squats. I tried so hard not to take the push ups to my knees, but after 2 sets, my chest and arms were screaming for relief. Just when I was ready to take a break, I noticed the beat drop in the music, signaling that it was time for the cardio portion of the class. Laura smoothly transitioned us into jump ropes, jacks, plyo lunges, and squat jumps. This portion was tough, but also a bit of a relief on my muscles after the intense strength segment.

After about 4 or 5 minutes of cardio we were led into another strength segment, but this time with weights. Laura took us through chair and warrior poses while we did shoulder presses, rows, and chest presses with the weights. I'm  a huge proponent of lifting heavy, but I was oh-so happy to be using the 5 pound weights by the end of this segment. I think I could have stretched for the 7.5 but I would have tapped out and went weight-free even sooner. Laura reminded us that every move was just as effective without weights. I did go weight-free for a few sets and my muscles got in plenty of work.

We rounded out our hour long class out with a yoga cool down (of course) during which we got in some unique core work. Who knew that lying flat on your back while pressing your with heels up to the ceiling could be an intense workout for your lower abs? What trickery was this? And something I'll never forget, was Laura's teachings about yoga and colon health. Yes, you read that correctly. Your supine twist can help move things along down there, or, stop things up, if that's what you're into.

All in all, HIT Yoga was everything it promised: a mix of yoga, strength training, and cardio, PLUS a bonus science lesson! I also got a chance to ask Laura a few questions after class:

Who is this class best suited for? This class is best suited for people who are new to yoga or looking for a new way of experiencing yoga and high intensity training in a complete body workout . . . The combination of yoga, isometric holds, strength training, cardio and plyometrics make this workout challenging, fun, and sweaty!

What is one piece of advice you would share with students? I encourage students to ask more questions.  Knowledge is power.  If you learn more of the benefits of the exercises you are doing in a class, you may want to do them more often!  Come to HIT Yoga and ask me why I choose to start class with Legs up the Wall pose!

I hope you get to check out this class very soon!

Until next time, keep it moving!

~Sharita Jennings @ www.getfitlikethat.com

 

Instructor Name: 
Laura Settle
About the Instructor: 
Laura was an amazing and knowledgable instructor. She was very attentive and stayed after for me to ask her tons of questions about our poses and things I should work on. I learned a lot from her in just an hour, so I would highly recommend anyone take her classes for a challenging class, but also a great yoga learning experience!
Bring: 
Water... That's about it. Everything else is provided! If you're picky about floors, you might want to wear grippy socks as the space sees a lot of traffic. Yoga mats, towels and even hair ties are provided!
Wear: 
Attendees should wear fitted clothes so as not to get swallowed up by fabric when transitioning from pose to pose. There are some weights involved, so weight gloves could help, but are not at all necessary! This is a shoe free class, so get your toes ready!
About the Author

Sharita Jennings is a group fitness instructor in the Washington D.C. area with a passion for creating fun and challenging workouts for people of all fitness levels.

Sharita teaches indoor rowing, boot camps, cardio, resistance training, and circuit training classes at RowVigor and VFitDC a fitness concierge service for residences and companies across the D.C metro area. Additionally, Sharita is the creator and author of the blog GetFitLikeThat.com where she offers tips and tricks to help people stay healthy and fit. You can join one of her workouts or contact her online coaching! To learn more about Sharita, visit her on Twitter and Instagram (@GetFitLikeThat) and check out her blog at http://www.getfitlikethat.com