Post Author: Rachel
At the beginning of the year, I wrote about my goals and shared about my search for the best workout routine to fit my lifestyle.
I tried different classes and places, such as CYCLEBAR and CorePower Yoga. Both were great and I would highly recommend either of these options, however, the locations and class times didn't work the best with my crazy schedule.
So now we are halfway through 2018 and I'm happy to say I have definitely found my workout home -- Health House!
I first tried Health House (HH) in February and quickly discovered their classes and community kept me going back for more. They have a number of classes from early morning to evening. With my schedule being lopsided, I have a limited window of opportunity to attend most workout classes, but luckily, with all their options I've found a way to fit it into my routine on most days.
There are two types of classes, each lasting 45 minutes - Rip & Row or Ripped.
Rip & Row - This class combines rowing and weight training. It's described on the website as "a full-body strength workout combined with short bursts of intensity that will chisel and tone every muscle." Typically, the class is split into two groups. One group starts on the rowers, while the other group starts on the mats — focusing on heavy lifting with muscle specific exercises to strengthen and tone your body. Throughout the class the groups switch back and forth between the rowers and the mats.
Ripped - This class is all about building muscle! It involves lifting and weight training with no rowing. Health House describes it as focusing "on specific muscle groups to gain strength and sculpt lean muscle." During this class, cardio is typically limited and the focus is on weights, medicine balls, a Bulgarian bag or even just using your body weight. I would describe this as a more intense class.
The classes stick to this basic description, but each day has a certain muscle objective. For example, Monday might be chest and legs, with Tuesday being biceps, triceps and abs, and Wednesday working on full body, etc. No two classes are the same which keeps it interesting and challenging.
Also, the instructors are fabulous! They each bring their unique style, but they are all super motivational and genuinely interested in each person's success. I'll introduce you to some of them later in this post.
When I first walked into HH, I have to admit, I was slightly intimidated. It always looked so intense and I was anxious about performing up to par. However, I quickly realized every single skill level is represented - from first timers to gym rats to women who are 8months pregnant! You don't have to be the fastest rower, or lift the heaviest weights. You can modify any exercise you need to for your body.
For example, I still struggle with push-ups, so I support myself with my knees. I know it's my weakness and I'm working to improve each week. It's truly a time to solely focus on improving yourself and doing the best you can do to be stronger and healthier. Everyone there is just working to get better than the day before.
To be honest, during those first few months at HH, I was using 5 - 10 lb weights in class and was struggling on the rower. And I was on the Rowing Team at the University of Oklahoma! Now, to be fair, it's been a few years and rowing on water and rowing on an erg are very different animals, but it was still an exhausting task.
After about four months of working out at HH, I can still say the rower is challenging, but not as daunting as it once was. I can see the growth, feel my core becoming tighter and my body becoming stronger. Now I am regularly using 15 lb weights and even tried out 20 lb weights last week!
It's incredibly encouraging to see your body grow stronger, become healthier and feel better. Don't get me wrong, it isn't easy. It takes everything I have to get through a class sometimes. It's meant to push you, challenge you and make you better.
For 45 minutes I can turn everything off, let my mind go blank, push out all the stresses of life or work and just row and sweat, a lot of sweat. It leaves me feeling stronger, energized and accomplished.
Okay, now I have to tell you about a few of the instructors! These are all trainers whose classes I've taken, not all of them at HH.
First off, Tonya is probably the most positive and encouraging person I've ever met. She is always smiling and is one of those people that just makes you want to work harder.
Jackie S. is so sweet, and can turn into a machine during class! She is always hyping everyone up and enthusiastically yelling "hell yes!"
Jackie C. is adorable and tough! She is great about helping you perfect your technique to make sure you're working the correct muscles, which I often need.
Amy has such an endearing personality. One time, I walked into a completely packed class a few minutes late and was frantically trying to find weights and a spot to squeeze in. Before I even took two steps, Amy came running over and directed me to her mat that was already setup and ready to go, while she moved and worked out in the corner in a makeshift spot. It was such a simple, but generous gesture that I was very grateful for!
Tara, well she is just a straight up badass (pardon my French). Every time she is in the room, teaching or working out, it just makes me work harder because I see her and I think, "yes, I want to be a badass too!"
Jack is such a goof and insanely enthusiastic, so much so that it often times it helps take my mind off the pain and his dance moves serve as entertainment.
Glen is a beast and so are his classes. The first time I took his "Ripped" class, every single muscle in my body was sore for what felt like a week!
Tommy is so kind and easy going, but don't let that fool you because he loves pushing you to your limits on the rower!
I make sure to be at Health House at least three times a week, but others hit the gym six times a week and still others try to fit in a class once or twice a week. You have to do what's best for you. Making your workout a priority and adjusting your schedule and other commitments, might by easier one week and not so easy the next. Do what you can when you can and pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
If you want to give Health House a try - click here! Or stop by one of their locations and let them know I sent you. Your first class is just $15 and I'm betting you'll be hooked too!
Try their location in Leawood at Town Center (below) or in Prairie Village at 3924 W. 69th Terrace.
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