High Intensity Pilates adds calorie-burning cardio to stretch workout
Editor's Note: We asked our CultureMap staff to try some of the latest workout classes and report back. Here's our first report.
While we are all in full swing of bringing the mantra “New Year, New You” into reality, we are searching for the latest and greatest ways to keep ourselves fit and add a little variety into our workout routine. I decided to give HIP Fitness (High Intensity Pilates) a try. For months I have been hearing the buzz on this new Pilates method that is hitting the Houston workout scene. As a beginner, I was obviously skeptical about experiencing this level of intensity. But the small class size allowed the instructor to pay close attention to my clueless and very unskilled self.
What is HIP Fitness
In just 45 minutes, HIP will take you through heart-pumping exercises on the Megaformer 3,M3 Pilates machine. The movements are slow and controlled, but you transition to the next movement quickly which kick starts the cardio element of the workout. If you want to combine cardio with major strength training this is class for you.
Created by celebrity trainer Sebastien Lagree, this method promises to burn up to 700 calories in one session. Unlike traditional Pilates reformers, the special Megaformer 3, M3 that Lagree designed offers constant tension but is still easy on the joints and promotes flexibility. The program can be modified by adjusting resistance and position to tailor it to each client’s specific needs. With these machines, the possibilities and combinations of moves are endless, which can make each class seem new and avoid any monotony that we all suffer from in our workout routine. The class went by fast and had an upbeat vibe with the fun, loud music played.
Where to find it
HIP Fitness now has two locations in Houston. The West University location (2294 West Holcombe Boulevard) and the brand new River Oaks studio (2400 Mid Lane, Suite 330) each have only 10 Megaformer machines to ensure an intimate class setting so that each client gets one-on-one training from the instructors. A single session is $35, with various priced packages on multiple classes, but first-time clients get the $15 single session special. Beginners to professional athletes like Houston Rockets player Trevor Ariza frequent the studios.
The best part about HIP Fitness, besides the fact that my entire body was sore the next day, is that the exercises target muscles I didn’t even know I had, but still encourage flexibility and lengthening of the body. Get ready for a body shaking, high intensity session that is definitely hard at first. You will leave knowing you had a full body workout and be ready to face the rest of 2017. Don’t let the soreness or the fast paced class scare you away. As they say — sore today, strong tomorrow!