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Start Your New Year Off Right: 6 Workout Classes to Try in the Upper Valley

Jan 10, 2019 12:51PM ● By Kevin
The holiday season is over and many people have made their New Year’s resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle. Luckily, the Upper Valley is home to a plethora of workout classes to get the heart pumping! We've put together a list of the top gyms and facilities that have workout classes in the area. Descriptions and information come courtesy of each fitness center’s website.


Inferno Hot Pilates at Be You Upper Valley

Using Pilates and HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) principles, Inferno Hot Pilates is a challenging, full body, low impact, high-intensity workout. Inferno Hot Pilates strengthens muscles and burns fat — all without the pounding of a high impact workout. It is designed for all fitness levels. Classes are high energy and done to music. Expect to work hard, have fun, and see results very quickly! Class is 60 minutes and the room is heated to 95 degrees.

Be You Upper Valley (BYUV) core class is the therapeutic Traditional Hot Yoga method. It's the yoga that is suitable for anyone, any age, any size, any anything. They also have two complimentary classes that are equally suitable for any level of experience - Inferno Hot Pilates is a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) based Pilates mat class and Yin Yoga, is a restorative yoga class.

The small business’ facility is located at The Junction Marketplace, 1011 North Main St., Unit 5, in White River Junction.


Slow Flow Yoga at The Climb Fitness Center

According to Yoga Teacher Training, Slow Flow allows beginners to create their own synchronized dance, while learning poses and how to move, breathe, and stretch between poses. The practitioner has time to evaluate how and when a pose should be modified, due to physical limitations or limitations in experience. The pace may be slower, but it is still challenging. Slow flow allows a person to become familiar with his or her body, create a reflective pause, and create the time to go inward.

The Climb Fitness Center offers engaging group fitness classes led by certified instructors who are fun, genuine, approachable, and always ready to offer encouragement. This class is taught by Carol Scott, a NASM-certified group fitness instructor, and personal trainer. She holds specialty certifications in Step Aerobics and Kickboxing, as well as Group Fitness and Senior Fitness. She is also a certified instructor in Yoga, Mat Pilates and is WFR certified.

The Climb is located at 223 Hotel Road in Brownsville, with beautiful, scenic views of Mount Ascutney.


Restorative Yoga at Upper Valley Yoga

Restorative Yoga is exactly what it sounds like – a combination of gentle yoga and restorative poses. Restorative postures use multiple props to support the body so that you can hold poses for longer than is typical in an active practice. This nourishing support allows you to open the body through passive stretching. The postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate strain. This class is generally offered once a month.

The studio’s philosophy is rooted in the firm belief that everyone can do yoga. Upper Valley Yoga’s diverse offerings reflect that belief: they meet you where you are while helping you build the tools to grow, and encouraging you to listen to your own body’s wisdom. Most of their intermediate and advanced classes revolve around fun and mindful vinyasa flow that draws on the lineages of Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara Yoga.

Upper Valley Yoga is located at 58 North Main St., Unit 206, in White River Junction.

Water Classes at The CCBA

The Witherell Recreation Center at the Carter Community Building Associates CCBA features a 6 lane, 25-yard swimming pool and whirlpool, saunas, free weight room, cardiovascular center, circuit training room, indoor cycling, group fitness classes, a racquetball court, child care, indoor basketball courts, and a community meeting room. We offer a variety of programs including youth and adult swim lessons, tennis lessons, personal training, and health coaching, fitness clinics, community events, lock-ins for middle school children and more.

There are plenty of different group classes, but one unique specialty is the use of aquatics for fitness. The Deep Water Fit class offers a no-impact, joint-friendly cross-training option for people of all skill levels. There is also an Aqua Zumba class, which, much like the land version, combines Latin music, dance, aerobic and fitness training in the water. The Water Fit class is a complete, low impact aerobic workout in the pool. Modifications are shown and no swimming skills are required.

The CCBA’s Witherell Recreation Center is conveniently located off Taylor Street in the heart of downtown Lebanon. The proximity to the Rail Trail and Colburn Park makes it easily accessible and reinforces its status as a hub for activities of all kinds.

Spinning at River Valley Club

The River Valley Club (RVC) offers more than 100 group fitness classes every week that are included with membership. There are a variety of different options, one of which includes multiple different offerings for those interested in spinning. Classes range from beginner to advanced and there are eight instructors specializing in this popular indoor cycling workout class.

“To be able to take the people in the class on a fun journey thru the world of spinning, from the start helping set up the bikes thru the eventual end of the ride helps keep me inspired,” says Gabrielle, one of the instructors. “The class atmosphere is always fun and focused on the overall ride experience and form of each rider. The music is part of the experience and you will be riding to some eclectic and possibly wacky selections to help thru the exciting journey I will be taking you.

The club is located at 33 Morgan Drive in Centerra Park in Lebanon.


Boxing at KDR Fitness

This 45-minute class is offered multiple times per week as a part of the gym’s team training program. Having been involved in the fitness industry for more than 15 years, owners Ben Dearman and Jamie Crowe became increasingly frustrated at the “poor standards and lack of good customer service” in the industry.

Knowing there was a better model out there – the training centric model, Dearman, and Crowe set out to utilize a model built on the idea that membership should include all the tools you need for success – easy and affordable access to professional help with great member results in a welcoming atmosphere.

New members can sign up risk-free for a 30-day trial, where they can test out small group or team training sessions and work one-on-one with a coach. KDR Fitness is located at 75 Bank St. in Lebanon.

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