VIDA Exclusive Classes: VIDA M.I.T
Whenever I get ready to take an intense interval-style class I make sure to leave time for an adequate warm up beforehand. Even just a five minute brisk walk does the trick.
Because even though the first song of the class is geared toward being a warm-up, you’ve got to get yourself in the right mental state, or at least I do, anyways.
Take a quick walk, get my muscles fired up, and say a few encouraging words to myself. Ready to go.
Thank goodness I did this before Andrea’s M.I.T. class because that woman knows how to set a pace. From the first minute to the last, there’s no sitting around, or “let me pretend to take an extended water break” moments. As soon as you wrap up one circuit, you’re on to the next, which also leaves little time to question your body’s ability to actually finish the class (a great thing, in my opinion, because before you know it you’ve completed a killer workout and it feels like only 10 minutes have passed).
M.I.T stands for Metabolic Interval Training and is 45-minutes of beat-the-clock style circuits where you do three to four exercises for increasing numbers of reps. For example, your exercises might include high knees, burpees and pike/shoulder pushups. You’ll do those exercises for four rounds, one round you’ll do a respective 4, 6 and 8 reps, then 6, 8 and 10 reps and then 8, 10 and 12 reps, you get the picture.
Basically, you continue through these intervals until you reach the point of muscle exhaustion with those exercises, and then you move on to the next set of exercises. This kind of fast-paced HIIT workout aims to shock the body and increase strength and your heart and lung functioning as well as improve posture and increase flexibility.
Furthermore, research indicates that this style of workout is the most efficient way to improve your cardiovascular system, lose weight and build muscle. Sounds like pretty sweet results to me.
Beyond the obvious benefit of getting a great workout for my body, I also got a fun and focused experience for my toddler-like attention span (if I’m not having fun, I quickly fall behind in the class because my mind wanders). Andrea does a great job of being part drill sergeant (she wants to see those knees high and those burpees higher), but she’s also equal parts the lead cheerleader who gets the entire crowd going when you feel like you can’t squeeze out one more rep.
By the end I was dripping in sweat and my face resembled that of a strawberry, but I was smiling from ear to ear. You feel accomplished, exhausted and like you just put in some major work.
And if you don’t feel like you put in work right after the class, trust me, you’ll feel it in the morning.
To see when you can catch an M.I.T. class at your VIDA location, visit our class schedule page and search by class name.