Saturday afternoon the Blog Squad met at Revive Lifestyle Wellness for a private class. Revive is located just outside of downtown Calgary in Bankview, meanings it’s close for city dwellers like myself.
The studio opened roughly three months ago and offers HIIT classes as well as a weekly foam rolling (myofascial release) class. As my mileage creeps up with my running group, I’m hoping to be able to fit in a weekly rolling/release class to keep everything in working order.
The studio is bright and clean and is equipped with lockers (no need to bring your own lock!), shower facilities, and a water bottle refill station.
Once we were all signed in, we made our way into the studio and got a quick introduction to the class. Since there were nine of us, we were able to all start on the bike, move to the rowers/TRX and then finish off with a partner exercise. Classes are capped at twenty people, so a full class would have ten people on the bike, ten on the rowers/TRX, and would switch off after about 20 minutes.
Mike, one of the studio owners, and our instructor for the day, lead us through how to set up our bikes, followed by how to set up the computer on the bike. Unlike Orangetheory Fitness, Revive doesn’t use heart rate monitors, but does use a measurement of FTW (Functional Threshold Wattrate/Power). FTW uses your age, weight, and frequency of exercise to determine your maximum wattage on the bike. I did some searching and here’s an article that explains a bit more about FTW. This was the first I’d heard of it as a measure of power, so I’m far from an expert 🙂
I initially found I needed to increase my FTW given by the bike, as it was initially too easy for me to move up the different zones on the bike.
The computers on the bike have a bunch of information including distance, average pace, FTW, FTW %, watts, and RPM, but the best part is that the screen lights up to correspond with the FTW zone. And?! There are two TV screens in the room which also correspond to the prescribed zone, and have a countdown and a preview of what the next interval will be. (Since I like to know what to expect, I really enjoyed this).
Once we were all set up, we started with a warm up for 3 minutes, moved into the moderate, and slightly harder zones (green, and yellow) and then started the intervals with 1 minutes in the red zone (exceeding max wattage) and a quick recovery in the green zone.
Guys – this was hard. My legs were definitely a touch tired from running for the first time in far too long earlier in the morning, but whoof. That said, I really enjoyed every second on the bike, even when I felt like I was going to collapse into a puddle.
After 20 minutes on the bike, it was time to move over to the rowers. I immediately noticed a big difference in how my back felt this weekend compared to a month ago. I was able to push hard and didn’t need to baby it during the class.
Our rowing started with a three minute warm-up where Mike provided stroke rate (stroke per minute) recommendations. Next came the workout of the day.
I’m a moderately competitive person, but for some reason, I was feeling super competitive over the 2 minute row (odd considering it was timed and we didn’t share and it didn’t matter how far we rowed) and I really wanted to hit that 500m mark (I did and it was hard). Then we moved on to an AMRAP circuit for 5 minutes. We performed 12 sit up with a kettle bell, followed by a deadlift to shoulder raise with the kettlebell.
Since I don’t work a lot with kettlebells, I opted for the lower weights, but if I were to do something similar, I’d probably end up moving up with the weights.
Our second workout was another 5 minute AMRAP of TRX squat row, TRX sit ups (these were hard), and leg raises.
By this time most of us were spent and Mike let us know that our last 10 minutes were going to include a partner exercise. One partner was to row 500m while the other did 10 burpees and then held a plank until the rowing was done. Then we switched and did the same. The row intervals decreased by 100m each round and we did as much as we could in 5 minutes (I think, my brain was somewhat toast by this point).
And then it was time to stretch. I think we were all sweaty messes by the end of it, and I’m pretty sure everyone had a great time. I enjoyed that the workout was different from my usual routine (barre and now running) and is something I can incorporate into my current routine without the worry of overdoing it or injuring myself again.
What you should know
Address: 2503 14th St SW
Parking: free lot behind the building and street parking depending on the day/time
- First class FREE
- 2 week intro $59
- Drop in $28
- Monthly memberships also available (pricing varies)
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