A couple of weeks ago I talked about heated workouts, and I shared with you all that I’m not the biggest fan of them due to me being a baby about super warm rooms. Well, after publishing that post, I wound up using the last of my 5-class pass at that gym to try out one more heated workout: yoga sculpt!
I really only wound up doing the class because I really wanted to try yoga sculpt, and the gym only offers the class in heated rooms… so I found myself back in a sauna-like room working out once more!
I discovered 2 things from taking the class: 1.) Yoga sculpt is fabulous, and 2.) I don’t mind heated rooms if they’re under a certain temperature. The instructor had the room at 85 degrees with 65 percent humidity, and I actually didn’t feel like I was going to die. She said that she finds if the room is too warm, participants fatigue more easily and don’t seem to get as good of a workout, so she likes to keep it just moderately warm. Amen to that!
I love practicing yoga and enjoy strength training + cardio classes. Since yoga sculpt combines cardio, yoga, plyometrics, and weight-lifting all together, I figured I would like it. But I didn’t like it… I loved it! I found that the class zoomed by and it was a great, challenging yet also kind of relaxing workout.
We began the class practicing vinyasa flow for a bit, then moved on to a full-body toning routine using light dumbbells, a band and block. If you think 5- and 8-lb weights are easy breezy to workout with, try using them for 45 minutes straight! I definitely felt the burn during the class. We finished the class with a couple minutes of abdominal exercises.
I have to say, I thought that the class would incorporate a bit more yoga. I’m not sure if all yoga sculpt classes are designed this way, or if the instructor I had just likes to emphasize the strength training aspects of the workout regimen more. I think I would have liked the class even more if we ended with some more yoga practice.
The cool part about yoga sculpt is that it takes a high energy, calorie burning approach to a typical vinyasa yoga class. For me, it was a nice combo in feeling like I got a sweaty, heart pounding workout in, while also stretching out with some yoga poses. If you’re looking to start doing more yoga but really prefer higher intensity workouts, yoga sculpt is definitely for you!
Have you ever tried yoga sculpt? Do you prefer higher intensity or lower impact workouts?