One thing I love about fitness blogging conferences is that they usually have several workout sessions on the program, and often have exercise classes that I haven’t tried before. FitSocial was no exception. In addition to the pre-conference hike up Mount Sanitas, there was at least one exercise class each day.
The first exercise class was on the morning of the first day of the conference, a Vinyasa Flow Yoga class taught by a YogaFit instructor. As she guided us through a dynamic vinyasa sequencing, she offered tips for instructors on how to keep students safe and the powerful use of transformational language. It was a great way to start the day and meet some other conference attendees.
That afternoon there was a High Intensity Interval Training class led by Chris Freytag, a certified fitness professional from American Council on Exercise. I had to skip that class because I had a high altitude headache from my hiking and running, but everyone who went said it was an awesome sweat-fest! 😉
On the second day of the conference, we had three exercise classes to choose from: Barre Conditioning, Tabata Cycle, and Zumba. I chose Tabata Cycle and had so much fun!
(Nice before and after, eh?)
Kat (who blogs at PedalFasterGo) led us through a tabata-style workout on spinning bikes that went something like this.
She thought we had 1/2 hour for our class, but when we told her the other classes were scheduled for 1 hour, she offered to lead us through another round. Of course, we accepted the challenge!
On the morning of last day of the conference, we got to try a Pound class taught by Melissa Towey. I had never heard of Pound, but it was described as “a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming,” with elements from “cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and isometric poses.”
What it really was: A tricky way to get us to do a zillion lunges and squats without realizing how hard we were working because we were focusing on our “drumming” and keeping on beat with the music! Seriously, if your gym offers this class, give it a try–it was so much fun!
(Photo Credit: My wonderful roommate Margarita who blogs at Cupcake Cardio)
I also want to give a shout-out to all of the FitSocial sponsors and companies who were generous with samples at the expo.
I am officially hooked on that LoveGrown super oats with quinoa and chia!
Do you do group exercise classes?
Have you tried a new workout recently?