Blast Full Body at Blast 900

Flexing with my instructor, Bri, after class.

Flexing with my instructor, Bri, after class.

Studio: Blast 900 Buckhead

Class: Blast Full Body, Tuesday 4:30pm

Class description from website: BLAST900 is a fat shredding, muscle toning, personalized group exercise class in which people of every fitness level alternate between cardio on a treadmill and strength training on the floor, each working at their own pace to reach THEIR maximum effort. Our specific formula for creating our class structure is what guarantees each client THE ULTIMATE WORKOUT and will forever change how you look, feel and perform.

Blast entranceLocation: 56 E Andrews Dr NW #11, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Second floor)
They also have locations in Midtown and Dunwoody

Phone: 404.841.5430

Cost: First class is complimentary.  Single class is $28.  They offer packages and memberships as well.

Blast cubbies


What to Bring: Yourself.  They provide cubbies for you to store your belongings while in class.

What to wear: Comfortable workout clothes.  Yoga pants, leggings, tank top, t-shirt etc.  Shorts are fine, but I always encourage you to wear bike shorts in a fitness class like this because you are on your feet, on your back, in a plank, jumping, running, and many other things that might lead to an unsolicited peep show.  Comfortable athletic shoes (cross trainers, running shoes).

Class size: Small.  There were 12 people including me.  Range of ages.

Props used: Step 360, resistance band, dumbbells, treadmills (gruelingly wonderful treadmills that both incline AND decline).  The props change from class to class.  They have a whole closet full of fun fitness equipment.


Blast Tread BigBlast props


Volume and type of music: Music was loud enough to motivate you, but not loud enough to drown out the instructor.  Top 40, upbeat.

Impact: Low to high impact.  You control the intensity of your workout.

Modifications: We were given modifications throughout the class.  The instructor, Bri, told me ahead of time to pick the intensity that I was most comfortable with.  When we were on the treadmills, she always gave three speed options, one always included a walking speed.

Blast Tread DisplayFormat of class: The class was 60 minutes of circuit training.  Prior to starting the class, Bri showed me how to work the treadmill and how to get on and off the treadmill while it was in motion since they stay on for the entire class.  Since there were more people than treadmills we were split into two groups.  One group started on the treadmills and the other group started on the floor with the props.  Both groups warmed up: treadmill group did some low speed intervals and the floor group did some dynamic movements on the 360.  After a few minutes of warmup, the treadmill group ramped it up to intervals at higher speed and various inclines, while the group on the floor did some chest and ab exercises.  After 5 minutes, the groups switched — one went from treadmills to floor, the other from floor to treadmills.  We rotated for the rest of class in 5 minute bouts so that both groups were on the treadmills four times, and the floor four times.  Each round on the floor focused on a different muscle group, eventually covering all of the major muscle groups (chest, back, arms, legs, abs) and each round on the treadmill was different (sprints, running, jogging, lunges, and walking using incline and decline.)  As I said before, we were always given a walking speed option and there was no pressure to do the suggested speed.  I played with the speeds the entire class.  We ended class with a 5 minute cool down.

What to expect:
Expect a ‘fitness concierge’ to fill up your water bottle, change your towel, and wipe up your sweat.
Expect a class filled with different levels.
Expect to get a complete total body workout including all the major muscle groups and your heart! (Cardio)

Who should take this class:
People who are new to strength training and aren’t sure how to perform exercises using fitness-related props.
People who are training for anything from 5Ks and 10Ks to marathons and triathlons.
Experienced exercisers. Every Blast class is different so you will get a change up in your workout each time.
People who get bored with weight lifting. You won’t have time to get bored because you are constantly changing exercises and moving around. It was a fast 60 minutes.

Professional advice:
Put your blinders on! You will be surrounded by people of all fitness levels, so just remember, it is NOT a competition. As with any workout, you should push yourself reasonably beyond your comfort zone, not someone else’s.
Be aware of your form and posture while on the treadmill. Shoulders back, belly button in, chin up, abs engaged. This is a perfect opportunity to practice posture!
Don’t use dumbbells that are too heavy. You want to use weights that will challenge you, but not weights that will make you sacrifice form. Fortunately the Blast instructors are sticklers about form and will correct you if you are doing something dangerous.
Don’t feel pressure to adjust your treadmill to the speed, or interval, your instructor calls out. Their suggestions are just that, suggestions.  The instructor will not yell at you if you are using a lower speed or interval.

Thank you to my instructor,Bri, for a thorough and motivating butt-whooping!

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