Burn – Philadelphia Sports Club (Highpoint)

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Name: Burn

Location: Chalfont, PA

Exercise Type: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

Place: Gym – Philadelphia Sports Club (Highpoint)

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:00 PM

Length of Class: 60 min

Price: FREE with membership/ First class FREE for non-members

What to Wear: T-shirt/tank top; shorts/leggings; sneakers

What to Bring: Water

What is Provided: Mat, weights, towel

Level of Experience: All levels seen throughout the class

Age Group: Various; all ages seen in class

I am flying solo this week because my co-blogger and fitness buddy, Melissa, is on vacation.  I couldn’t leave you guys hanging and not post a class review (and I also needed a break from life), so I decided to check out an option I have never explored before.  I have had a membership at Philadelphia Sports Club – Highpoint for about 5 years now, and I have never taken a group class there.  I realized Wednesday night what I have been missing! Burn is a high intensity interval class, and it definitely lived up to its name! My thighs burned for about 48 hours after class!

I entered class with about 8 minutes to spare, and I was one of the last people to enter. Suggestion #1 is to arrive earlier.  I was soaking in more time with my daughter after work, and I lost track of time. Therefore, I was stuck in the back, which wasn’t all bad because I didn’t have anyone looking at me, but I also didn’t have a lot of room.  Luckily, Susan, the instructor, realized I was new and came over, told me to grab mats and weights, and also asked some people around me if they could make some room.

Class was about to start, and I was ready to work off some of my stressors from the day. My head was jumbled with thoughts of work, family life, etc., but then class took off at a very high speed, which led me to forget everything else. Being a working mom, or just a mom in general, this is so important!  It is really hard for me to focus most times because I am so consumed with everything else. Letting go is something exercise helps me with, and something I am trying to be more conscience of in my daily life.

Susan’s class encompassed 8 exercises – starting with 90 seconds of cardio, proceeding into 40 seconds for each of the 8 exercises (with 10 seconds rest in between each one), and ending with 90 seconds cardio. We kept this same format during class, but adjusted the time spent on each exercise. Susan was helpful in giving modifications, and letting us know whether we should have light or heavy weights. Suggestion #2 is to get  variety of weights. I am used to working out with light weights and doing high repetitions. I only grabbed two sets – 3lbs and 5lbs. I should have grabbed a third set, probably somewhere around 8-10 lbs. During some of the exercises, we weren’t necessarily lifting the weights, as much as holding them while doing squats/lunges. This is where that heavier set would have come in handy. I am so used to carrying a 30 lb toddler, I should have known better!

When class ended, I was exhausted, but it was well worth it. As I am leaving, I get a text from my husband asking me to pick up Chinese food for dinner. My initial thought was “ugh, what a waste this workout will be!”, but then I justified it for myself (don’t we always do this?!) because I had just burned 448 calories! I’ll take that as a win!  

This class definitely fits the working mom schedule.  The class started at 7:00, and was only 60 minutes. Fortunately for me, I live right near PSC, so I was able to leave close to 7:00, and I was home by 8:20 (which would have been earlier if not for the Chinese food pit stop).  Also, as I mentioned above, class was quick-moving and intense, so I was only able to focus on class (and how much my body was burning), and not about everything else going on in my life. This is a mom win!

Thank you for having me! Next time I will bring Melissa, and she can experience the BURN with me!

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