Class Definitions


In case you are looking at the schedule and trying to figure out if a class if for you or not, we've put together a description of the classes offered at Fit Fest so you know exactly what you are getting into.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

aka Vinyasa Yoga, Flow Yoga

The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a style of yoga codified and popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century which is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga.

Ashtanga means eight limbs or branches, of which asana or physical yoga posture is merely one branch, breath or pranayama is another. Both Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois, his grandson, encourage practice of Ashtanga Yoga - all eight limbs. The first two limbs - Yamas and Niyamas - are given special emphasis to be practiced in conjunction with the 3rd and 4th limbs.

Barre

Most barre-based classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.  Also, don't be surprised if your class incorporates light handheld weights to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.

Buti Yoga

Buti Yoga is a movement practice that fuses power yoga, tribal dance, and plyometrics into a high-intensity workout that transforms the body from the inside out. Clients train the core using the Spiral Structure technique created by founder Bizzie Gold that transforms the way the body looks and performs almost instantly.

Buti combines various styles of Hatha yoga with tribal-influenced dance sequences to keep the heart rate up. Buti Yoga is a jam-packed, sweat-filled hour that helps women free their femininity and create a sisterhood within their community.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga that emphasizes physical exercises to master the body along with mind as well as exercises to withdraw it from external objects.

The word hatha means "force" in Sanskrit, and may have this association because the early Indians believed that its practice was challenging and "forced its results to happen" on the yogi. The term "Hatha yoga" connotes a system of supplementary physical techniques within the broader concept of Yoga.

HIIT

aka HIT, Interval Training, Intermittent Training, Sprint Interval Training

High-intensity interval training, also called high-intensity intermittent exercise or sprint interval training, is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods.

Spinning

aka Spin, Spin Cycling, Spin Class

Spinning is a term that is commonly used for many different forms of exercising that is done on fitness bikes inside studios that conduct classes for people. Spinning includes instructions provided by a trainer that is carried out by people simultaneously on their stationary bikes to exercise in a particular style.

There is music, stationary bikes, and of course an instructor to guide several people with the common goal of better health and fitness. If you have ever been to these classes, you know that these bikes have a flywheel that is heavy to the tune of 30-40 pounds, and it keeps moving the pedals even when you have stopped pedaling. This means that the hamstring of an individual work hard to stop or to slow down this movement. In cycling outdoors, the friction comes from the road and the wind. In these conditions, it is your quadriceps and flexors on hips that work hard.

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