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Back in April, I was supposed to take part in a great Boston Blogger event at the DanceFIT Studio in Natick, MA, the event was to take DanceFit’s HOT BalletFit class. Unfortunately, due to some circumstances that I couldn’t control I wasn’t able to attend the event at last-minute. Gina, the owner was extremely accommodating and allowed me to take a class at another time.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to the studio for the HOT BalletFit class until last weekend. Gina suggested that I drink 50 oz of water prior to the class and to have a light snack with protein, fat, and carbs. The class was at 10:30 am, so I was little apprehensive about how I was going to manage that much water before class, but I was able too.
When I got to the studio, I was early (since I wasn’t sure how bad traffic would be) so Gina showed me around and we chatted awhile before the other clients arrived.
Gina answered all my questions and gave me lots of tips for the class. I had never taken a hot class of any kind before, so she suggested to take small sips of water. To go to into child’s pose at any point during the class or to even leave the room if I needed to.
Sunday’s classes can be hit or miss, the week prior to my visit had 14 clients, the day I was there had 4 people registered, but there were only 2 of us in class. A year ago I would’ve been super intimidated by this, but I felt much more comfortable than I thought I would. There was more one-on-one instruction and I appreciate that, especially in a new class.
So what is HOT BalletFit? It is a full barre workout in a 92 degree room. The class focuses on ballet inspired exercises as well as high intensity cardio & fitness training. The heat aids in detoxifying the body and stretching & lengthening your muscles. There is a mat segment will be introduced toward the end of class.
Our workout started with more traditional moves at the ballet barre, I had taken ballet when I was very young, and I loved it, but I wasn’t able to stay with it. Some moves (and names) I could remember, other moves I had to keep my eyes on Gina in order to keep on beat.
Gina was extremely encouraging and helpful, she demonstrated modified movement for some poses to make it a bit easier or harder. That is something I always appreciate, we aren’t all in the same place on our fitness journey and it’s nice to see a teacher demonstrate different moves for the clients.
After some traditional ballet moves we moved to arm work using the silver weights in the picture above. It definitely took some getting used to, to hold these types of weights instead of the dumbbell style that I am used to. Since there were only 2 of us in the class, Gina would call out instructions to us separately, I needed to keep my elbows up, I also appreciated this, because when you are in a large class sometimes you aren’t sure if you need to correct your form or not.
After the weights we moved to floor work on our yoga mats. The ballet bars were moved to the back of the room and we did everything from planks to child’s pose. Throughout the class there was stretching, not just at the end, and Gina announced times where it would be great to take some water.
I ended up drinking 24 ounces of water during class and immediately following. I also drank about 15 ounces on the ride home and immediately refueled with a banana and almond butter.
So what did I think of the class? In short, I loved it! Gina was an amazing instructor, she was there to help each client reach their full potential but was also understanding when someone needed a move modified, or to take an extra water break. The studio is gorgeous, and has many classes to take, not just BalletFit. They offer many different types of BalletFit (HOT, Cardio, Stretch, Tone, etc…), they also offer Pilates, Zumba, Hip Hop Cardio (<— need to try ASAP), etc…
I immediately bought the Groupon for the Natick location. Unfortunately, DanceFIT is not super close to where I live currently. However, they have this awesome looking VirtualFIT program, where you Skype with an instructor and 9 other clients and you can take the classes from your home, how perfect is that? I also really want to try the 6FIT Program in the fall!
DanceFit has TWO locations, Natick ( 721 Worcester Road) located above the Dover Squash & Fitness Facility, and Brookline (25 Monmouth Road) located in the Church of Our Savior. Since the Brookline classes are in a church with no air conditioning, the class offerings are limited in the summer.
For the giveaway, one of you will win TWO classes at DanceFIT, that can be taken at either studio location! Enter the rafflecopter below. The giveaway will end Monday, June 23 at 11:59 PM EST.