Turn Up The Heat and Intensify Your Workout
I received a complimentary class for review purposes. All opinions are my own. See Disclosure/Disclaimer for details.
Everyone gets to that place in their fitness journey where exercising gets boring or your body has plateaued. The problem is not everyone knows how to intensify their workout. The answer is simple; you have to Turn up the Heat at Heat Studios, the new fitness studio on Glenwood Ave in Raleigh. The studio is located in the old Pine State Creamery building, but it’s new owners, Jake Giamoni & Megan Hanna, have a vision to transform your boring fitness routine into an intensifying fitness program.
Before my class started, Jake Giamoni, the co-owner and head trainer, gave me a tour and told me about the program at Heat Strong. They offer 6 types of classes and each class caters to a different fitness personality or performance– Heat, Hustle & Flow, Outdoor, Flowbility, Strength and Tabata. I tried the Tabata class. Tabata is high intensity interval training that effectively promotes maximum fat burn and performance 20 seconds at a time. Jake sees Heat Studios as a fitness studio for moderate to advanced fitness enthusiasts. It’s about taking your exercise to the next level and following a program that works a different muscle group each day while keeping your muscles guessing for what’s next.
The studio was filled with a variety of workout equipment- boxes, TRX, rings, jump ropes, kick boxing gear, free weights, treadmills, bikes, rowers and Bosu balls, but in the midst of the gear there was plenty of room to spread out, stretch and strike a pose (see me below).
Members began to come through the back door, place their phone and keys in the cubbies, and grab a towel. A good mix of men and women were stretching, foam rolling and getting themselves ready for class. Jake said he likes to see his clients moving before each class. Matt Gulliver led the class with a quick warm up of squats, jumping jacks, push ups, and neck rolls. The Heat was slowly moving into our muscles while Matt explained the 3-station intervals and the breaks between the sprint-like exercises.
We broke into groups of 4 and started with TRX arm rows, kettle ball halos, and weighted lunges. We cycled through a set of reps and repeated each exercise for 8 minutes. Our second station combined jump roping, overhead medicine ball circles, and the killer sliders that will work your abs like nobody’s business. We took turns; we rested and stayed hydrated. By the third station, the Heat is Strong, and the endorphin’s are pumping which is good because your body is slowing down. I pushed through my sluggishness and did push-ups, high jumps and bicycle sprints. I was definitely HOT when the class concluded, but I felt empowered and proud that I completed my first Tabata and Heat Studios class.
One nice incentive about working out at Heat Studios is you don’t have to worry about going back to the office hot and sweaty. I found the nicest showers and changing area in the women’s restroom.
While Heat Studios mostly caters to moderate to advanced fitness levels, they also offer personal training sessions to get you ready for the higher intensity classes. Are you ready to take your fitness journey to the next level? Heat Studios offers a free community class on Sunday at 2 p.m. and an introductory new members special– First month of unlimited classes is only $119!
This post was made possible by a paid partnership with Wells Family Denistry.