by Abby White
If you're one of those competitive exercisers like I am, you may fall victim to overestimating your abilities like I did last week. Or maybe you have your shit way more together than I do.
There is a day that I am trying to erase from my memory in which I went to a 6 a.m. hot yoga class, hightailed it home to shower, and then hightailed it back to Brentwood for a session at Iron Tribe Fitness.
My coworker Leah has been doing 5:45 a.m. (champion, that Leah — I need the extra 15 minutes of sleep) Iron Tribe classes, so I got the lowdown from her on what to expect. Since I'd been doing a variety of workouts for the past few weeks, I was getting a little cocky about what I could handle. Hence the double booking.
Iron Tribe, which also has a Belle Meade outpost, offers 45-minute workouts that include a lively mix of cardio and strength training — or, as Iron Tribe calls it, the "WOD" (workout of the day). After a brief warm-up, the trainers lead you through a series of exercises that you do in repetition as many times as you can within a designated amount of time. You go at your own pace, and you're accountable to keep track of how much effort you're putting in to each and every move.
Which is not to say that the trainers aren't there to instruct, motivate or help you. They noticed when I was cheating on my squats a bit (hey, it happens) and swiftly corrected my stance to ensure I wouldn't blow out my knee, which really would have sucked.
And the WOD? Woah. Let's talk about doing several reps of squats with weighted balls, lunges with weighted balls, sit-ups with weighted balls, and an arm exercise that I filed in the part of my brain where sad things go. I lost count on my workout, but I decided to blame that on 6 a.m. yoga.
Anyway, 45 minutes breezed by like 10, and suddenly we were cooling down. All of the intervals ensure you're doing maximum calorie and fat burning, and you never feel totally spent because you're bringing your heart rate up and down. The trainers "score" your workout so you can track your progress, which is super-helpful if you're working toward a goal.
So, hope to see you guys at our two Iron Tribe Fitness Crawl options, on Tuesday, April 9, at the Belle Meade spot (5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.). Class capacity is 20 each, so call 979-3959 to register in advance. The Brentwood location's classes are at 5:15 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., and class capacity is 15. Call 376-5050 to register in advance. More info here.