ZONE5 Helps You Train Harder
If you’ve been keeping up to date with fitness, you have most likely heard of, tried or actively take part in HIIT (high intensity interval training). It’s one of the biggest trends in the fitness industry right now, and the founders and trainers at ZONE5, a new fitness studio that offers it’s own unique HIIT group fitness class in Beacon Hill, believe it’s with good reason.
“HIIT sessions provide improved athletic capacity and condition, higher glucose metabolism, and accelerated fat burning.” says co-founder of ZONE5 and Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs, David Weis. Another acronym highlights a benefit of HIIT and is an important element of the ZONE5 workout, EPOC: excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. “Also called afterburn, EPOC is an increased rate of oxygen intake following HIIT training that results in the body’s burning fat for up to 24 hours after a workout,” says Weis.
The owners of the Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs, Weis, Mark Rowe and Jason Klein, created the ZONE5 workout around the benefits of HIIT and offer it in a way that is truly open to all fitness levels. The ZONE5 workout offers a combination of a group fitness class and a personal training session by having participants alternate through a variety of equipment to experience aerobic and anaerobic cardiovascular exercise and high-energy strength training followed by a cool-down stretching period all organized and led by a certified personal trainer. Each exercise is completed for two minutes with a one minute break in between. During the class, participants also wear state-of-the-art heart monitors which are programmed with a basic body profile to project each individual’s target exercise zone on a large screen.
All of the elements of ZONE5 come together to create an experience you can’t have on your own or at any other fitness studio:
ZONE5 is a high quality fitness center that doesn’t make you feel intimidated. In fact, as soon as you walk in the door, you are greeted with bright oranges and blues, motivational quotes and smiling trainers who are eager to share their knowledge and passion for fitness.“I really like the space a lot. I like the cherry wood floors and the lighting. It’s small, but it’s nice,” says Matt Feczko who is trying out a two week membership at ZONE5, “Every time I come, I’m happy,” he adds. The venue not only feels welcoming, but inspirational. “Only in this kind of environment, surrounded by sweaty, motivated, like-minded people can you reach beyond your typical limitations and past the point of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion,” says Weis.
Along with the inspirational quotes and energizing colors, the class itself is designed to push you to your limits by allowing you to see what your body is physically capable of through the use of the heart rate monitor that is programmed with your basic health information and projected on a screen throughout the class. You can also see if you are exerting yourself as much as the other participants without the embarrassment or pressure of everyone else watching you because they are all focused on their own individual workout. “Although participants compete only against themselves and their own preconceptions about what they can and cannot accomplish, the support fostered by the group as a whole, lead by the instructor, allows the individual to reach goals he or she could never accomplish on one’s own,” says Weis.
Each instructor is not only a certified personal trainer, but has extensive education and experience in health and fitness. At the beginning of the class, the instructor breaks down each exercise on the list (usually seventeen) for that class which the instructor has organized prior to the start of class. “I do HIIT workouts a lot. What I like about this class is that it sets up for you for the whole hour so you don’t have to think,” says Feczko. As the class goes on, the instructor walks around to help you use equipment and provide feedback in a friendly manner.
Not only is the class about completing different exercises and working different parts of your body, but the set up and exercises completed in each class are constantly changing and evolving so you aren’t just repeating the same workout each time you take a class. ZONE5 also has some of the newest equipment including TRX bands and Curve motorless treadmills. ZONE5 does the work of staying up to date on fitness trends and technologies and avoiding plateaus for you.
“One of the elements that make ZONE5 unique is the tremendous sense of camaraderie and group spirit created by the program,” says Weis and that is evident as soon as you walk in the door. All of the trainers are friendly and joke around with both new and repeat class participants. Feczko shares that he attended a kettlebell class, and because he was advanced, one of the trainers took the time to do an advanced kettlebell session with him. In order to continue to make the ZONE5 Fitness community even stronger, the staff also puts on events.
Some of the trainers at ZONE5 are involved in the Under Armour “What’s Beautiful” Competition and this Saturday (the 14th) at 9am, they have invited other competitors in area to come an take a ZONE5 class. The public is welcome to come and watch the class which will be a great opportunity to visit the space, chat with the trainers and see how the workout works.
Whether you can make to the event or not:
For more information visit zone5fitness.com, call the club at 617.367.2422, or stop by for a visit at 3 Hancock Street (at Cambridge Street) in Boston’s Beacon Hill.