Lately we’ve been fortunate to sample an array of London’s finest fitness classes. One that caught our attention was an invite to try HIIT Yoga at Fresh Ground, Clapham. Yoga and HIIT, how does that work?
High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT classes have been thriving in the fitness world for the past couple of years in particular, however, combining HIIT with yoga is certainly a new offering and one that intrigued me.
I made my way to Battersea Rise, where I found Fresh Ground, a delightful coffee shop with two fitness studios. I joined a crew of yogis for a class with a difference led by our very welcoming instructors Sasha and Kate.
Kate got us all warmed up and ready for the session with some familiar yoga poses and stretches, before handing over to Sasha for our first round of HIIT. We got the blood pumping with burpees, push ups, plank presses, squat jumps and mountain climbers. Working up a quick sweat we knew this class wasn’t going to be a walk in the park!
The first yoga section helped us control our breathing and start to increase mobility in our hips, legs, shoulders and core. There was an array of levels and abilities in our class so I didn’t feel too out of my depth despite possessing the flexibility of an oak tree.
I like to think I have a strong core, but this class tested my core stability in new ways, moving from downward facing dog to upward facing dog and adding in some boat poses really tested by abs. After one phase of yoga I realised that this class had the perfect combination of HIIT training with strength and flexibility added by the yoga section.
We alternated between yoga and HIIT three times throughout the session and the HIIT segments certainly made you look forward to the yoga, a chance to control your breathing and relax after ramping things up with burpees, crunches and jumping jacks.
It was a tremendous balance and it really made you appreciate the value of breathing properly, which is one part I will try to take into my other training. By mastering this, you can control your power output and maintain your focus.
We went into one last furious round of HIIT training before cooling down with one final series of yoga poses and stretching. Sasha and Kate led the class with great encouragement and the pair alternated seamlessly. As we shut our eyes and focused on clear breathing, and closing out all the worries and stress of work and life, I realised how relaxed I’d become.
Lying on my mat with my eyes closed, I found a wonderful sense of peace and the endorphins running around my body made me feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of working in central London. My legs felt a familiar burn, my chest and upper body felt pumped and my core felt like it had been through an incredible workout.
I couldn’t recommend this class enough, particularly if you’ve never tried yoga before, thinking it’s not your style. This combination with HIIT will challenge anyone, and you can push yourself as hard as you want to get the most out of it.
The prices are as follows, do check it out and you won’t regret it.
Drop in £20
6 classes £114 @ £19 each
12 classes £216 @ £18 each
20 classes £320 @ £16 each