Nals tried 30 Minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIT) on Sunday.
It’s a power packed kickboxing and boxing routine for ladies only4. The circuit is designed to hone self-defense skills, improve core and increase strength.
There are 13 stations that last 2 minutes each.
You start off with a 2 minute jump rope warm up. Next stations are something like:
- sit ups on fitness ball,
- round housing a punching bag,
- semi sit ups with arms slightly throwing medicine ball¹ straight up,
- kneeing an-imagined-assailant-turned-kicking-bag,
- Bridge & squeeze on a fitness ball,
- on a mat, turtlekicking & punching a heavy douchebag squarebob-a-thinger, ²
- free-for-all kicking/punching the stink out of Bob, the flesh-coloured silicone bust on a pole, with the invisible Punch-Me sign.
There are 3 levels, starting at 1.
So you do a period of time (ie: 30 seconds) of regular-paced and regular-powered activity
then when the buzzer bings once, you either power up or go fast (ie: 15 seconds). Repeat
Double bing means switch stations.
Loud pumped-up music, very small area (great for focus), personal trainer attention with quick corrections/ encouragements/verbal pushes.
I think I have auditory processing disorder so it was a bit of a challenge to keep all the instructions, directions, movements clear with the music and timer. I think I did okay3, and will obviously improve with more exposure.
I was totes prepared to join Miss Kells in her Kick the Flip out of Cancer in October. This would’ve entailed getting to the HIT daily. I work out weekday mornings at 630. So unfortunately, their hours didn’t work for me. From experience I know I will not go regularly at another time.
There are no drop-ins4. There are monthly pay options. The fee decreases depending on if it’s month-to-month, for 12 or 24 months.
The trainers are fabulous – full of pep and sugar. But don’t let their smiles fool you. They’ll push you, bootcamp style.
If you are interested, check them out: 30 Minute Hit!
1 Nals dislikes medicine balls. Maybe if it came with a spoonful of sugar…
2 Yes, this is indeed the technical term, as per Nals.
3 And by “okay”, I mean I didn’t quit and got a workout, even if I did most of the moves wrong.
4 Except Sunday was one of the fundraising days so it was drop in and a couple dudes came to participate.