Remember how I mentioned how sore I was in yesterday’s post? This is why:Last week I was invited to check out Iron Tribe Fitness, a fitness movement with studios across the Southeast (plus a few elsewhere!).The Iron Tribe approach to every workout is the same: warm-up, workout of the day, cool-down. However, the movements included in each one of those sections changes daily. So: kind of like functional training minus the heavy lifting.
I arrived just before the 6 am class started and was pleased to see that class started right on time! Our instructor, Austin, led the group through some shoulder mobility movements with PVC pipes. Then we got our heart rates up with some rowing and burpees. There I go!Then it was time for the WOD. On the menu:
- 3 minutes of rowing
- 2 minutes of burpees to box jumps
- 1 minute of ring rows – ring dips (30 seconds each)
- 2 minutes rest
- Repeat 3 times
The workout was short but intense. I haven’t done box jumps in waaaay too long, and haven’t touched hanging rings since my last gymnastics class in 1999. So, that was fun Thanks to the class’s co-coach Renee for walking me through some of those newer movements — those ring dips were rough at first!
After we finished each set, we wrote down our final count on little whiteboards (don’t look at my embarrassingly low numbers…). Then we reported our totals to Austin, who I think tracks them in a system. So, members can measure their individual progress over time which is cool.Lastly, Renee took us through some foam roller stretches for about five minutes at the end of class. A lot of fitness classes I’ve been to skip over the stretching or run the clock to fit that portion of the class in — I really appreciate that these folks kept everything right on schedule!And that was it! We put up our gear at 6:44 — and saved a minute of class to give each other high fives and do a team cheer, which was a bit cheesy but kind of cool. Go team!
I was surprisingly sweaty after the short workout. And surprisingly sore in the shoulders/back/abs the next day! I guess my three minutes on the rings really paid off. (ps – rocking my Localeur tank!)
Overall, I was impressed with Iron Tribe and would recommend it to people in the Belmont area looking for a short, structured, full-body workout. Note that the studio also has a “101” program for those new to this style of workout. This studio will get you in and out quickly, and keep you guessing about what new exercises are coming next! Here are my final scores:
|Iron Tribe Fitness Belmont|
|Class times||5:15 am – 7 pm|
|Locker rooms | showers||No & Yes|
|Price||$16-$18per class (with an 8-12 month membership)|
|Class duration||45 minutes|
|Vibe||Fun, structured, welcoming|
|Class I tried||Thursday 6 am|
|Calories burned||265 (during a 45-minute workout)|
- Do you belong to a studio? Which one?
- Last time you were really sore?
- What new exercise have you tried lately?