I'm in the midst of changing up my workout schedule...again. It's fun to try new things and after running in to my former coach, Holly at the Gasparilla Expo, I decided to take her up on her offer of trying out the classes offered at Cheval Athletic Club.
Cheval is a beautiful gated community in Tampa and last year they re-vamped their club and opened it to the public. They offer a wide variety of group fitness classes; Spinning, Pilates, Yoga and Strength Classes like TRX. But in my opinion what really sets them apart is their triathlon training. They offer a Master's swim class, a running group and even brick practice!
Yesterday I went and took Holly's "Pure Strength" class. I've taken her classes hundreds of times, and I'd describe them as Pilates based mixed with HiiT. After running a 1/2 Marathon on Sunday, the class was tough during the lunge and squat tracks. Oh and the weight behind the knee and lifting up and out, that was pretty grueling, too. Had I not been sore in my quads, I would have pushed myself harder, but I wanted to do a recovery workout and I accomplished that.
Holly is an amazing coach, so when she recommended that I come back and take Monika's TRX class, I didn't even think twice. I had only a vague idea of what TRX was, but I'm up for almost any sort of fitness these days. The schedule said that there was a 15 minute intro class before the actual class started so I made sure to arrive in time for that. It was just me and one other lady for the intro. Monika had us do some basic work without the TRX bands so she could check our form. We did squats, lunges, planks and pushups and I'm proud to report that she said I had PREFECT form and was very strong. That made my day.
There were 6 TRX bands total, 3 on each side of the room and by the time class started there were 10 of us, but it was not an issue. Monika had us alternating between HiiT activities on the floor with weights, burpees, mountain climbers, etc., though for the most part I didn't have to share my TRX, but I still did the HiiT to keep my heart rate up.
Monika was an awesome instructor. One of the great things about Cheval is that it is small. You get more assistance from the instructor, so it was like a small group personal training session. We did pushups, tricep dips, mountain climbers, pikes and planks with the TRX. We did more, but that's all I can remember for now. And you guys know me, I am a planking fool. Planks on the TRX are no joke! Monika came and checked my core and I think she was surprised. She squeezed my oblique and said "whoa, you are strong." I loved to hear that.
By the time class was all over, I had a fairly decent burn. I took low options on some of the HiiT moves, and certainly I did on the TRX because it was just my first time, so my overall calorie burn was lower than it will be if I continue with TRX. There is certainly a learning curve!
After TRX was a 30 minute stretch class, also taught by Monika. I stayed and stretched. It was wonderful. And then after class Monika and I chatted and got to know each other a little better and I learned that she teaches a Kettlebell course at a YMCA in Tampa. I have NEVER taken a Kettlebell class. Can you guess what I am doing tomorrow?
Have you ever taken a TRX class? What did you think? What about Kettlebells?