CorePower Yoga, 645 27th Way, Boulder, 303-497-9642, corepoweryoga.com/yoga-studios/colorado/boulder/south-boulder
Instructor: Bri Leonard left a job in retail management to take on the position of assistant manager at CorePower Yoga. Recently promoted to store manager, she is passionate about her work and brings a contagious enthusiasm to her yoga sculpt class.
What is the workout? Crazy intense muscle toning, yoga class. It was hot, like summer in the Midwest hot. The temperature was 93 degrees with 28 percent humidity. I immediately regretted not bringing a change of clothes.
Yoga sculpt uses traditional yoga postures, throwing in light weights with a lot of repetitions. Leonard suggested grabbing one set of light weights and one set of heavier weights, switching out the light weights for heavier ones as the class progressed.
The class is designed around a bell curve. It starts off slow with a warm-up and no weights then the lighter weights are added in. Once every muscle is warm, the class goes into a cardio segment followed by grabbing the heavier weights for more yoga postures.
Some basic workout moves are incorporated, like squats and arm curls to round out the class.
What's different? So hot! It's like working out in a sauna. Not only is it hot, the workout is intense, too. It was a double whammy that left me in dire need of a shower.
"We are trying to not only to strengthen you mentally but to strengthen you physically as well," said Leonard.
We moved through every part of the body thanks to the fast pace of the class. Unless I needed a drink of water or a break, there was no downtime. The slow ramp-up pushed me further by sneaking in harder moves, making me think it would get easier and I should push through. It's the "just one more hill to the end of the trail" mentality, except the hill kept getting higher.
"You are in a moving meditation with your mind and your body. There is no time to stop and think about what's going on at work or home. For me, it is true escapism," said Leonard.
Cost: A single class is $22 per class. Monthly membership is $109 a month, the first month is $89. They have a 5-class punch card for $104 and a 10-class card for $194.
Level: The postures and moves are basic, but the workout is fast-paced. Leonard suggested taking the studio's basic level C1 class first to get acquainted with the moves before jumping in. There are too many people in the class and it moves too quickly for her to give one-on-one attention. If you're feeling boss you can grab heavier weights, making leveling up easy.
When: During the week this one-hour class is offered every day at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. On the weekend the class is at 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
What to prepare: Yoga clothes, and as little as possible. I was pouring sweat and shedding layers off as fast as possible. Bring a towel, yoga mat and water.
Muscles worked: This is a whole body workout. It's more toning then heavy weight lifting, so I wasn't terribly sore the next day.
What I loved: It felt like a detox. The workout was so all-consuming there wasn't space in my brain for anything else.
What I didn't like: There were times when the music was too loud for me to hear Leonard's instructions. I had to spy on my neighbors to figure out what to do next. It was more difficult when we were in a plank or down dog and I couldn't see what was going on.
How I felt after the class: Sticky, luckily they have showers. Pushing myself physically for an hour was a welcome vacation from my overactive brain.
Know of any interesting workouts? Tell us about them so we can check them out: email@example.com.