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I recently tried a high intensity interval training class at BLAZE Studio Birmingham by David Lloyd Clubs. I loved it so much that I’ve since returned as a customer. These workouts turned out to be a fun challenge. BLAZE Studio Birmingham is a dedicated to providing high intensity interval training classes. This is no ordinary workout!
The Blaze Studio Birmingham by David Lloyd Clubs is based on Cornwall Street. This makes it conveniently located for Snow Hill station and the city centre. They are only offering high intensity interval training classes at this location. As intimidating as this might sound, I promise that it’s great fun and having a dedicated studio makes sense.
So, what is high intensity interval training (aka HIIT)? HIIT involves alternating between bursts of high intensity cardio (working out at 90-100% capacity) and lower intensity exercises (recovery). Studies have proven HIIT is great for improving cardiovascular health and has metabolic benefits in lowering insulin resistance. I’m not an expert so do your own research and speak with your doctor before embarking on a new regimen.
To measure my heart rate, I was provided a MyZone belt with heart rate tracker. The information captured by the MyZone belt will help to keep me working in the right zones during classes. My heart rate and other stats are visible on screens around the class.
Also, once you purchase your own belt and download the MyZone app, things start to step up. The zones will calibrate to your performance based on the data captured by the MyZone belt. The more you work out whilst wearing the belt, the more accurate your stats will get.
As an aside, once you purchase a MyZone belt, you could use it for other exercises. Once you have the app, you can see your stats and the additional data from each workout will help improve the accuracy of your heart rate monitor.
HIIT classes at BLAZE Studio have three intense zones – cardio, strength and combat. Each 45 minute class has a fun atmosphere due to the high-energy music and light effects. The noticeboard at reception shows the upcoming music programme if you like to plan ahead. It doesn’t bother me enough to plan my workouts around the music as timing around work schedules take precedent. It’s useful information though!
BLAZE Studio has classes throughout the day but I usually go at lunch time. I know that after working all day, I’ll be more prone to making excuses to skip class. Each class is pay as you go so there is no long term financial commitment. If you want a cheaper price per class, then buy blocks of five credits at a slight discount. Credits are valid for three months so you have time to use them.
At the end of each session, the MyZone belt will have transferred your performance data onto the screens (and your app if you download it). After class, I can see my heart rate zones, calories burned and the time exercising in the different heart rate zones. I personally find this really interesting and motivating!
Blaze Studio Birmingham has male and female changing rooms with showers, lockers, hairdryers and GHD stylers. There are also complimentary toiletries, which come in very useful if you’ve packed your gym bag in a little hurry! I like that they have reusable and recyclable bags available for me to pack away my damp gym clothes. Also, every locker has a charging point so you can leave your phone to recharge whilst you work out in the studio.
You can try high intensity interval training classes at BLAZE Studio Birmingham by David Lloyd Clubs at 63-65 Cornwall St, Birmingham B3 2EE. For enquiries, call 0121 809 5997
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