Monday, April 1, 2013

Sparrow Studio's, Eagan, MN

I had the opportunity to visit a new studio this past weekend when I was in the Cities:  Sparrow Studios

A studio dedicated to offering inspired group fitness classes.  Inspired is that special “it” that happens when a class harmoniously combines energy, music, movement and community.  Sparrow Studios is committed to offering group fitness classes that blend these elements and give you a workout that delivers results.  It is not enough to plod through an uninspired group fitness class – where you are one of many, the music is off, and you have no idea what muscle you are actually working. You deserve more. The instructor should be engaging, motivating and knowledgeable.  The music should lead you to where you need to be.  The class should deliver the physical results you want.  And there should be a mind-body connection, so that your body knows exactly what your mind wants to work!. 

My sister started going here a while back as an alternative to Lifetime Fitness, which just wasn’t meeting her needs and goals anymore.  I had the opportunity to join her in a BarreAmped class (it was what fit into both of our schedules). 

What is BarreAmped?  Sparrow defines it as:  The BarreAmped method is influenced by classical and modern dance (though it is not a dance class) and utilizes a barre to achieve optimal positioning. Insights from Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic stretching also balance the method’s unique approach.

I would have to say that is spot on.   What I really liked about the class were the students – gals like my sister who want to work out without bouncing around or trying to move from downdog to a lunge when they aren’t built to move like that.  This was not an easy class – the emphasis was move toward muscle fatigue.  It was well rounded – starting with arms and backs (ow! ow! ow!), moving to legs (ow! ow! ow!), then abs and some pushup work, ending with gentle stretching.  Movements were small, controlled and based upon repetition.  The instructor was engaging and encouraging and laughed.  I like instructors who can laugh.

I enjoyed the class because it was so different frin what I attend (traditional yoga, CorePole resistance and aerobic training, and spin class).  It was refreshing to work outside of my usual routine and comfort zone and I felt it the next day!  Woot!

Based upon first visit – recommended.