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Power Life Yoga Barre Fitness. The name truly says it all–Power Life offers a wide range of classes to suit everyone from the first-time yogi to the seasoned athlete. That's why we're excited to go live with them on our IGTV (keep an eye on our Instagram @mindbody for the date)!
Here are the top 5 reasons you should tune in to Power Life on our IGTV—and head into their studios as soon as they reopen:
Power Life is rooted in the principals of power yoga, so you can expect your breath to take center stage. And, let’s be honest, who couldn’t use a reminder to consciously breathe every once in a while? But they have an extensive product offering of 7 different class formats to meet a wide range of fitness goals. Classes vary from power vinyasa, to yin, to yoga sculpt, to F.I.T. (functional interval training), so there’s truly something for everyone. No matter what class you take, you’re sure to leave feeling better about your day than when you started, says student Eric B.
Heat plays a huge role in Power Life’s identity. The majority of their classes are taught in a heated or semi-heated environment, so no matter which one you take you’ll definitely break a sweat. Of course, there are some class formats that include traditional cardio moves. (Who doesn’t love a few burpees now and then?!) But the heated rooms ensure your heart rate stays elevated even in classes that are less intense.
Starting a new workout routine or shaking up an old one is stressful enough without having to worry about fitting into some sort of exclusive club. Power Life prides itself on putting people first. “From the first time I entered Power Life, I have felt accepted and supported,” says longtime student Matthew R. At Power Life, you’re more than just a body on a mat in a class. You matter. You can always expect a kind smile and a warm welcome every time you step foot into a Power Life studio (did we mention there are 8 between Des Moines, IA and Kansas City, MO?) or tune in virtually. Power Life’s teachers are encouraged to not only know their students by name but to develop real, lasting relationships outside the studio, too.
Being quiet is so not Power Life’s style! “People are always hanging out before and after class,” says student Michelle P., “the [other students and teachers] are what make every class so much fun!” You can always expect an amazing playlist and plenty of opportunities to interact with both your neighbors and your teacher.
“The inspirational teachers make me feel energized and peaceful after every class,” says Amanda L. Power Life prides itself on employing some of the best teachers in the industry. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, you can always count on a sweat session at Power Life to offer a message that is timely, relatable and encouraging. Power Life’s tagline, Find Your Fire, is about a whole lot more than just working up a sweat in their heated studios. They hope the time spent on their mats helps students ignite a spark within that inspires them to reach for their very best lives.
The hybrid-style of virtual and in-person classes has become the new normal for the majority of fitness studios across the world. While we all have augmented our workout schedules to accommodate in-person and online classes, I suddenly got the motivation (it could be because I am getting married soon) to get back into in-person HIIT classes.
Pre-COVID, I had just started getting into HIIT. Coming from a girl who grew up dancing and doing barre her whole life, it was a big adjustment for me, but I started to love the classes. And with studios near me reopening, I realized that I felt ready to go back into the studio to test out a new style of HIIT class.
I found Gemini Fit by Scott Baker on the Mindbody app. It’s a HIIT/ Tabata training studio in San Diego, CA that aims to create a unique, fun, effective group and personal training experience. What immediately sold me was the class sizes were limited to 5-6 people to allow for social distancing, so I signed up a week or so in advance and was ready to go.
Not going to lie, when the day came to go to class, I was a bit nervous—what was an in-person class going to look like in the new normal? Luckily, my fears subsided when I arrived.
Scott excitedly welcomed me and gave me the low-down on everything in the studio. I got there 10 minutes early to make sure I had enough time to go through everything and check in. I also got to meet the studio mascot, Alabama, Scott’s adorable dog! Scott explained that the class would be HIIT/Tabata style (like an F45 class), where you go from station to station for a certain amount of time. He explained the exercise at each station and equipment accompanying.
He then went over the several COVID-19 precautions they were taking:
• Limiting the classes to 6 people
• Sanitization wipes and hand sanitizer at each station
• 50-minute class times
• Masks required in the lobby areas (can be worn working out depending on comfort
• Optional gloves
• Extra cleaning between each class and station
I was a bit intimidated; my workout regimen had been less than optimal (thanks, COVID), so I was scared to get back into things. Once we got moving all my concerns disappeared, and I got into a groove. The music was blasting, the exercises were dynamic, fast-paced, and effective. Each station had different props and moves, and they all felt extremely safe and clean.
What stood out to me immediately was the personalization of the class.
I was so impressed with the way he personalized each move at the different stations for each person. He really gets to know his team and provides separate workouts for everyone based on their comfort level and what they want to achieve—it’s almost like a personal training session!
As the 50-minute class was drawing toward the close, I realized I didn’t want it to end! It had flown by due to the moving of stations and dynamic mix of exercises. I was feeling the burn and going to be sore the next day—but I loved it.
What I enjoyed most about the class was the fact that I felt so safe the entire time, and could go at my own pace and comfort level, which is especially nice coming back to an in-person for the first time since COVID-19. I can’t wait to go back and would recommend trying the class. The fast-paced style of HIIT may not be for everyone, but if you're looking for a new workout to mix up your fitness routine, it’s definitely worth a try.
Want to try it for yourself? Book a class at Gemini Fit! Not ready to go in person, browse virtual HIIT on Mindbody.