I Tried It: The Circuit Challenge At VIDA Fitness
Hi there! Mekita Rivas here, resident editor of the VIDA blog and die-hard VIDA fanatic. I’ve been a member ever since I moved to Washington, D.C. back in 2015, and I can honestly say that joining VIDA was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love the state-of-the-art facilities, the welcoming community, and — of course — the amazing workouts.
Each month I’ll try a new class at a different club location to help showcase our diverse lineup. Curious about yoga, Pilates, small group training, indoor cycle, HIIT, or anything else on our extensive class schedule? I’ll be making the rounds and reporting back with all the information you need to walk into a new class feeling confident, prepared, and ready to take on whatever’s in store.
This month, I’m taking you inside one of the newest additions to our Small Group Training programming at The Yards — and trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this epic workout!
What: The Circuit Challenge
When: Mondays from 7:15-8 a.m. at The Yards
Who: Tom Hall, VIDA personal trainer and group fitness instructor, leads the class.
Why: This 45-minute, circuit-based class is the ultimate way to test your endurance.
One of my personal fitness goals is to diversify my workouts. I’m definitely a creature of habit — once I find something I like, it can be hard from me to stray away from that. Trying different classes is one way I can hold myself accountable and get out of my comfort zone. What’s great about the Circuit Challenge is that since it’s part of our Small Group Training program, you get the best of both worlds. You’re still working out in a group setting, but since the number of participants is capped, you receive more individualized attention than you would in a typical group fitness class. In this case, Tom was really motivating and continually checked on our form to ensure that everyone was doing the exercises properly.
The workout consisted of four stations that made up one circuit, which we ran through two times. We then did another circuit two times, followed by one last mini-circuit that we did once. That’s five circuits, or 20 stations total! All of the stations involved a different kind of exercise or move. It felt like we did a little bit of everything, including kettlebells, battle ropes, TRX, and cardio machines like the rower and stationary bike. This particular class focused on upper body (think kettlebell presses and TRX push-ups), but we also balanced it out with some kettlebell deadlifts and ab work.
According to Tom, the classes aim to be challenging and fast-paced. And I can honestly say that he packed a lot into 45 short minutes! Tom plans to switch up the circuits each week, but they’ll always incorporate intense cardio, strength training, and core work. So whether your goal is to beat your partner, beat the clock, beat your PR, or just have fun and try something new, this class is just what you need to mix up your routine and still get in a killer workout.