Tabata – Nex Level Fitness (Doylestown)

Name: Nex Level Fitness

Location: Doylestown, PA

Instructor: Amy – after taking her class, you can sign us up for any class that she teaches, regardless of what it is, that’s how much we liked her! She was amazing, personable, encouraging, and motivating.  We knew that she loved what she was doing, as she was so passionate about it. We could really only focus on ourselves, but it seemed as though she called people out by name when they needed a little push.  You could tell she had a great following.

Exercise Type: Tabata… ok, what the heck is Tabata!? This is exactly what we thought when we were invited to take the class. One of us was hitting up YouTube the night before class to see what we were in for! Let’s just say we took it easy on the wine after seeing some videos.  Pretty much, Tabata, is HIIT (high intensity interval training). There were 9 supersets, each one was 4 minutes total, and within each superset there was a set of cardio and strength training. We alternated sets (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off) and did each of them 4 times.  We liked that we alternated because it gave us a little break from the cardio set, not that the strength training was a break, by any stretch, but it allowed us to catch our breath. A few examples of the sets were mountain climbers – both on the floor and on the step deck/board, high knees, shuffle lunges, sit ups with weights (we used 7.5 lbs or 10 lbs), shuffling on the step deck/board from side to side, and planks on the step deck/board. As we reflected on the class, we couldn’t believe how quickly the time passed.  We love exercising, but being in a class that drags is no fun, and this was the opposite. At one point, Amy said, “You guys are almost done!” We looked up and we only had 15 minutes left. We couldn’t believe it! Also, in the 45 minute class, we burned close to 500 calories! We call that getting the most bang for your buck!

Place: Fitness center

Day of the Week: Saturday

Time: 8:00-8:45 AM – this time of day is PERFECT for moms. We were able to successfully escape the house before the kids were awake, and we made it back in time to spend the day as a family. We also picked up a little treat for our families from Playa Bowls, which was recommended to us, before leaving Nex Level.

Price: First week of classes are FREE; Variety of packages and memberships available; Drop in $20

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

What to Bring: Water… bring a lot of it, you will need it!

What is Provided: weights; step deck/board

Level of Experience: All levels seen throughout the class

Gender Majority: mainly women, but there were a few men

Age Group: Various; a mix of ages seen in class. We are in our early 30’s and would say we were on the younger side.

Welcoming: OMG YES! Amy was waiting for us to arrive, had our stations all set up for us, and gave us a quick overview of the class. She also mentioned us and our blog a few times before/after the class, which is great for getting our names out there!

Cleanliness: Yes!

Unique Features: Honestly, the class itself was unique! It was a killer workout, and we are still feeling the effects days later (in a good way).  “Sore today, strong tomorrow.” This remains true. Amy told us that it is only recommended to take a Tabata class 2 times a week because of how intense it is, and now we know why! The best part of the class is that you could go as hard as you wanted, as long as you kept moving. The music was so upbeat and it was easy to keep moving along to the beat of the music.

Thank you so much for having us! We had a great workout and had SO much fun doing it. We can’t wait to come back! If you haven’t checked out Nex Level – Doylestown  you should! There are so many classes offered, you will be guaranteed to find one you like.  This was our first time at the Doylestown location, and we loved it just as much as the Chalfont location (see Chalfont posts here and here).

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