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Ashli Findley slams the ball during the Heart Rate Zone

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If you’re thinking about starting an exercise routine, Today’s Woman has a few suggestions on fitness centers you might want to try.

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Results by Design Fitness, East End, Louisville

Class: Metabolic Group Exercise class. The interval-style class using heart rate monitoring.

Sore Factor: 7

Fitness Level: any level

Exerciser: Ashli Findley


What to Expect

It’s a metabolic, interval-style class. Instead of using the traditional timed sets, participants move through exercises or rest based on their heart rate. There were about 13 people in my class, mostly younger middle-age and middle-age women. The culture was very family-oriented; everyone seemed to know each other by first name. It was also a lighthearted and encouraging atmosphere to work out in as small interaction and cheering were common between sets.


MADE Fitness, East End, Louisville

Class: One hour Box N Burn

The class has the cardio benefits of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) with the strength training benefits of a boot camp.

Fitness Level: any level

Sore Factor: 9

Exerciser: Ashli Findley

What to Expect: It’s a cardio kickboxing class infused with boot camp-style exercise. Participants use anything from boxing bags and battle ropes to spin bikes and running, cycling through exercises every 30 seconds. The gym has a martial arts element to it, so much of the equipment and exercises, like rotating punches and kicks on the boxing bags, are incorporated. There were about 10 people in my class, men and women of various ages and physical shape.


The Training Studio, River Road & St Matthews

Class: Get Fit & Stay Fit, with sessions that focus on strength, muscular endurance, and overall fitness development.

Fitness Level: varies

Sore Factor: 10

Exerciser: Ashli Findley

What to Expect: The workout is filled with lots of repetitions using body weight and weighted equipment. There were nine people in my class, men and women mostly of middle age who looked to be in great shape. The River Road location is one large, open space with carpet, little machinery, and lots of equipment to aid you in using body weight or smaller weights for workouts.


FIT4MOM, Beckley Creek Park and various other locations

Class: Stroller Strides Class

Sore Factor: 2

Fitness Level: any

Exerciser: Jennifer Wilham

What to Expect: Lots of strollers and welcoming moms at Beckley Creek Park. Warm-up includes ballet stretches, then you select a power walking/running group, depending on your preference; there were three destinations in this hour-long class. Runners take a longer route and meet the walkers at the next destination where there are more core exercises — generally four to five different short workouts strengthening your entire body. The last destination is another intense workout, followed by some cool-down stretching at the playground. Then we dismissed so the kiddos could get in their workout on the playground. If you are looking for a highly active mom’s group, I suggest this one. I visited the Stroller Strides class, but they have classes that cover all mom stages, including pre-birth and postpartum classes.


Burn Boot Camp, Lyndon area

Class: One hour Burn Boot Camp

Sore Factor: 10

Fitness Level: some fitness will be helpful

Exerciser: Jennifer Wilham

What to Expect: It was leg day. As I was the only first-timer in the class of 24, the trainer worked with me and taught me the right way to do a squat. I found this extremely uncomfortable at first, but by the end, it looked like I knew what I was doing. The class was divided into six groups, one for each station. At one station, we worked with an 8-15 pound free-weight and did squats; another station had resistance bands to be used to strengthen your hamstrings; the third station had a medicine ball (8 or 13 pounds), and we worked core muscles while maintaining balance. High energy and motivation based.


Edge Body Boot Camp, East End

Class: Get Fit/Give Back Cardio Boot Camp

Sore Factor: 4

Fitness Level: all

Exerciser: Jennifer Wilham

What to Expect: Before even coming to a class, they want you to go through an orientation and get to know you. This takes about 30 minutes. Actual class: Thirty minutes of an intense workout. This is a co-ed class, and everyone was so supportive. We started off with a quick stretch and got our hearts pumping with a little group tug-of-war. Then, the instructor dove straight into the stations. There were seven stations, and there was only a quick water break in between sessions. The class was broken up into two sessions. Seven stations, one each for 30 seconds, a water break, then we jumped into the second session with seven new workouts using the same equipment. We did partner up on a few of these workouts. I left drenched in sweat, happy and tired, but energized.

You are only a few steps away from making a full transformation. Use this as a stepping stone for participating in our Best Bodies Challenge. You don’t want to miss this! Plus, find out how fitness can change more than your body

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