I tried my very first hot class and I’m still here to tell the tale! Let me preface my experience by telling you that I am not a person that does well in heat, I’m just not. I DREAD the month of August every year. I feel like I can’t breathe, I think I’ll die if it gets hotter than 95 degrees. I’m not dramatic AT ALL. So, when The Hot Yoga Barre invited me to come take a class, I was nervous, but I’m not one to back down from a challenge.
You are probably thinking, as I did, that a hot studio just turns up the heat. Well, some do, but not The Hot Yoga Barre. They have special Far Infrared Radiant Heating panels to ensure that they aren’t just blasting hot germs everywhere. They also have a specially designed hygienic flooring. This studio is top notch.
I love small fitness studios. They feel so cozy and unintimidating. We have all walked into a large gym with people that look like they should be in fitness magazines and thought,” What on earth am I doing here???”. The Hot Yoga Barre offers that small, unintimidating feel that makes it so great for us newbies. As soon you open the door into the studio you feel the difference- you feel the warmth, but it isn’t an overwhelming heat. All the regulars around were going through everything like pros, but I, with no previous hot studio experience, did have to take a few breaks. Let’s talk about the sweat. You sweat and sweat EVERYWHERE, but it doesn’t bother you because everyone else looks just like you. Many pulses and tucks later, I made it through the hour and one day later I am still feeling it, which I love. Whether it was from the heat or trying something new, I left feeling so invigorated. I also want to point out that they are right next to Duck Donuts and since you burn on average 600-1200 calories per class, you won’t feel as bad indulging (or at least I didn’t).
Per The Hot Yoga Barre, you should come to class well hydrated and bring a water bottle with you. If its your first time taking a hot class, you may get a little dizzy or light headed, and this is normal. They encourage you to just lie down on your mat or go into child’s pose until you feel better. Also, you should bring a towel because you will NEED it.
It was definitely a fun, different experience for me and I encourage everyone to try it out. They offer several different formats including Barre, Yoga, and even a HIIT class. To learn more head to www.thehotyogabarre.com.
Hi there! I'm Courtney . I am a mom of three ,a group fitness instructor, and a blogger. My favorite thing to do is to explore new fun things in the Richmond area with my family. I look forward to connecting with you through our Girl's Night Out events and social media.