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As the temperature starts to drop in Denver, it’s time to heat up your fitness routine with a few fun, muscle-burning classes. From flying high at your first aerial yoga experience to finding the beat as you put the pedal to the medal with indoor cycling, trying out a new boutique fitness studio and class on the MINDBODY app can add a little *extra* variety to your workout routine.
If you’re not sure what your next move might be, we’ve got five workouts (and their pretty sweet sweat-worthy studios) that you should you check out next.
With an empowering community (and some Instagram-worthy aerial yoga silks), classes at Atherial Fitness focus on freedom, strength, safety, and technique for students of all levels. Connect your mind, body, and spirit through every pose at this studio, both on and off the mat.
Our Class Pick: Aerial Yoga Flow Basics
The perfect introduction to aerial blended with a calming asana practice, you’ll defy gravity and develop balance while increasing overall mobility and flexibility.
Fun Fact: Their teachers are called “Flight Instructors”... Now, who’s ready to reach for the stars?
You know when their website says “beat-based choreography,” you’ve found the right indoor cycling studio for you. With killer playlists, epic energy levels, and a staff of world-class trainers who will keep you motivated with every spin, High Ride Cycle offers the full-body workout you crave.
Neighborhood: West Highlands
Our Class Pick: The High Ride
The most notable class that fits all fitness levels, you can catch a ride any day of the week. This 45-minute indoor cycling class is a serious heart-pounding party, including weights and resistance so you’ll be feeling the beat… and the burn.
Fun Fact: High Ride Cycle offers themed cycling classes, featuring some pretty sweet playlists (Wake n’ Drake or Kayne Sunday, anyone?). Make sure to book your spot—bikes fill up fast!
A truly unique HIIT experience, you’re guaranteed a serious sweat session at The Rebel Workout. From prenatal classes to fast-paced group workouts, and personal training, you’ll discover your next challenge. Tap into a new, victorious feeling at their open, communal space with experienced instructors.
Our Class Pick: REBEL + MOBILITY
Featuring all the benefits of their of their popular strength and cardio-based REBEL class, this workout incorporates 10-15 minutes of mobility work using things like foam rollers and lacrosse balls to release tension.
Fun Fact: They are all about their rebel tribe vibe, and we LOVE it. Talk about a serious sense of community for seasoned vets and newbies alike.
Specializing in the calorie-burning Lagree Method and cardio-blasting climbing classes, TransFORM Colorado offers workouts that will tone, lengthen and strengthen your body, no matter your fitness level. With workouts on different machines like the Megaformer and Versa Climber, you’ll get the best fitness experience while creating a more balanced body.
Our Class Pick: Lagree
This 45-minute class on the M3 megaformer focuses on making your muscles work in a low-impact, results-driven environment with modifications for all levels. Prepare to feel those oh-so-good post-class shakes.
Fun Fact: TransFORM’s owner, Beth Bedingfield, brings her experience from Los Angeles, where she trained a handful of celebrities, like Kate Hudson, Calvin Harris, and Julia Stiles. That’s some serious star power!
Welcome to the ultimate fitness and music experience. With a mantra rooted in the connection between exercise and sound, Rhythm Revolution is all about the feels you get from working out, and we are totally on board with that. Featuring classes that tap into all components of your well-being, be prepared to go on a beautiful, sweat-inducing journey.
Neighborhood: Park Hill
Our Class Pick: Soundcycle (Barre Edit)
A fusion indoor cycling class that incorporates 30-minutes of barre, this one-hour class will have you moving, grooving, and feeling stronger in no time at all.
Fun Fact: Rhythm Revolution “geeks out” on music, and we’re here for it. Their positive vibes are contagious—did we mention the studio and staff all have tribe titles?
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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