Extreme climbing class, is it for you?
Want to climb your way to a stronger physique? This new group fitness workout will take you there. The place…Rise Nation. The way to do it…versaclimber. From Ashley Greene to Jennifer Anniston and Bradley Cooper, your favorite stars are interval training at this hot West Hollywood studio.
Versaclimber vs Stairmaster…what’s the difference?
The length of class time seems easy enough- 30 minutes- but be prepared for your body to feel the burn within a few moments. This is a serious cardiovascular workout and the best part is that your upper body is incorporated too, unlike the stair master and treadmill. It hits all the muscle groups from the legs and arms, to the core and back, and is very non-impact. My class was lead by instructor Katie Keefe and even with my previous knee injuries, I was pain-free.
The workout is initially in the legs but as the class progresses, you’re reaching what is called “long range of motion” and “rip”. The trunk (core) becomes more engaged and you’ll find yourself flexing the biceps and contracting your back while in a pulling motion. One arm pushes up the handle, while the other hand pulls another handle down. Oh and the sprints…what a killer move!
Be warned: this class is an endless ladder and you’re scaling between 2000-5000 feet. This class is open to all levels of fitness experience and is quite challenging. You can self-regulate your tempo, but there is no way to cheat. You either keep it moving or you don’t. You’ll fare better the more conditioned you already are in cardiovascular activities.
However, with amazing playlists, expert instructors, and a visually stimulating environment, even as a newbie, the dynamic atmosphere at Rise Nation will inspire your climb to a healthier, more-fit you!
Even if you don’t live in LA, you should be able to find a versaclimber at a local gym or buy one for home. YouTube Rise Nation workouts or visit locally and get moving!
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Rise Nation: http://www.rise-nation.com
613 N La Cienega Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069