VIDA Fitness Class Profile: VIDA Xtreme
Our advice for this class: come prepared to work non-stop for 45 minutes, bring a water bottle filled with ice cold water and give yourself a pep talk.
While VIDA Xtreme isn’t for the faint of heart, it is for everyone regardless of if you’re just starting out on your journey to a healthy and fit lifestyle, or you’ve been a gym rat for years.
You’ll find the class description on the VIDA schedule to read, “A challenging total body workout combining various sport specific exercises to increase muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. VIDA Xtreme progresses in difficulty with each class to push you to your limit and achieve your maximum potential.”
That’s VIDA Xtreme in a nutshell, but while you’re in the class you’ll get a feel for what any small group training class feels like, which is pounding out a killer workout with peers and getting individual feedback on form from the instructor.
During Erik Strouse’s Thursday 12:30 pm VIDA Xtreme class we were prepared to sweat as the heat of the day had already set in. Erik advised to drink ice cold water to keep the core temperature of our bodies down, but also be aware not to fill up too much since many movements in the class involved plyometrics.
We started out with a 5 to 10 minute warm up that got our bodies ready to move and our heart rates up. Throughout the rest of the class we did four rounds of two exercises completing as many reps as we could in 40 seconds. Erik also advised everyone to not push too hard at risk of getting injured or not completing the exercises in proper form (a lesson we could all use at times whether we’re in a class or working out on our own). So although the class is called VIDA Xtreme, be mindful to listen to your body. It’s okay to take resting breaks.
Some exercises involved working with a partner, while others utilized various pieces of equipment or just our own body weight. For anyone who finds themselves looking at the clock to see when class is over you won’t be experiencing that in VIDA Xtreme. Erik kept our attention from the get-go giving us tips on proper form (my push-up is now completely transformed) and circulating the room to provide guidance and motivation.
Before I knew it the 45 minutes flew by, and the end of the class left me at complete muscle failure. For someone who usually has a maxed out schedule, this workout is the best use of your time; you’re in, you’re out and you got a calorie-torching/muscle building workout in less than an hour.
To find out when the next VIDA Xtreme class is happening take a look at our class schedules!