Workout of the week: Sperry's TRX
09/17/2013 12:21:09 PM MDT
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Inspired Athletic Movement, 5485 Conestoga Court, Suite 110B, Boulder,, 720-675-8348, inspiredathleticmovement.com/
Instructor: Sperry Goode, a personal trainer since 2008. Goode is a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a certified fitness trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association.
Goode has been an athlete her whole life and was a former Division I basketball player. She also was a Bar Method instructor for three years. She is the founder of infinitepotentialfitness.com.
What is the workout? A 45-minute, high-intensity, interval-based class that uses TRX Suspension Trainers.
The TRX is a simple, lightweight piece of equipment -- basically two adjustable straps with handles -- that can challenge you with hundreds of different exercises. The trick: leveraging gravity and your body weight, in every plane of motion.
Sperry's class is fast, so it gets your heart rate up, and it ends with stretching (which feels incredible on a TRX). We worked in intervals of 45 seconds on, 22 seconds off.
Each participant uses his or her own TRX, which is provided.
Inspired Athletic Movement ("I AM") was started last month by Erica Sigel and Nicole Irlbeck. The studio is sort of a co-op of trainers, who work independently with their own clients but also teach group fitness classes open to anyone. The group classes include everything from yoga to sports conditioning to heart-rate zoning.
Goode's TRX is her specialty class.
What's different: Goode is a pretty unique character. She always seemed to be smiling, and she's funny enough to make you immediately feel comfortable and relaxed. My class laughed a lot. A lot. The next day, my abs were sore; I don't know whether it was from the TRX or the laughter. Maybe both.
In addition, I AM has a pretty interesting setup, where you can combine personal training with the TRX classes or even take personal TRX classes.
TRX itself is a relatively simple and small piece of equipment that has a wide range of uses.
What does it cost? First class is free. Then you can get a 10-day trial for just $19. After that, you can get various packages, ranging from $84 to $240 per month.
When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and noon on Fridays. I attended the Friday class.
Level: All levels, because exercises can be modified for injuries or abilities. Class is currently limited to five people but soon will expand to eight.
What to prepare: Regular workout clothes, sneakers a water bottle. Filtered water, sweat towels and a fully stocked, beautiful, clean bathroom are provided. Grab an apple from the bowl on the way out. (Always included.)
Muscles worked: Total body workout, with all core, all the time. Circuits were fast enough to get my heart rate up, but I didn't pour sweat. I just sort of sprinkled it.
What I loved: The attention to detail throughout the studio and in Goode's class. She keeps her classes small so she can watch every movement you make, and she emphasizes safety. The studio reflects this personalization with small but meaningful gestures, like an apple on the way out.
This studio intends to feel like a family, like home, and I think it succeeds. And it provides some of the city's top-notch trainers.
I also really like Goode's energy. She's happy -- plain and simple. You can tell she loves what she does, and that feeling is contagious.
What I didn't like: I had trouble finding the studio, and I imagine others will, too. Even with good directions, neither my photographer nor I could find the door. So come early and expect to search.
How I felt after the class: My arms were sore for four days. Holy moly.
-- Reported by Aimee Heckel.
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