Class Review: Circuit Training at LEF Climbing

The last class that’s already a part of my workout routine is circuit training at - yep, once again - the local climbing gym. You probably didn’t even know there were other workout options at the climbing gym than climbing, did you? Well, not until my last class review, at least. ;)

The Scoop:

Once again, my husband was the one who turned me on to the circuit training class at LEF. He actually went to this one long before he went to yoga, and circuit training is one of my favorite types of workouts so in this case it didn’t take too long to convince me to join him.

Disclaimer: I try really hard to keep my own opinions out of these reviews because what works for me might not work for you. I’m just here to give you an un-biased look at what a class entails and you can decide if it works for you. I want you to get out and EXPLORE Lexington - by sweating in it. That being said, I will always let you know what I thought of a workout if you ask me directly.

Now let’s get on with it.

The Deets:

Circuit Training at LEF Climbing

2681 Old Rosebud Road, Lexington, KY 40509

Website || Facebook || Instagram (for LEF)

$10 per class, or $90 for 10 classes.

Circuit training originally happened every Thursday night from 6PM to 7PM. It got so popular that they added an extra day on Saturday mornings from 10AM to 11AM. The perfect way to start the weekend!

This particular review is describing the Saturday morning session, which Katie (the teacher) has decided will be the more difficult day. Because she said the students will have longer to recover from a workout on a Saturday morning. Oh, the exercise teachers we love to hate…

The Studio:

Given that I already reviewed LEF in my post about Dharma Flow, I’ll just link to that post.

The Class:

This class is typical of a lot of circuit training class in that it’s not constant motion. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good workout! It’s just that Katie encourages us to push ourselves with a strength/functional/cardio move for a certain amount of time before giving us a quick (sometimes too quick) break before moving on to the next move.

Usually there’s about seven moves that we go through in four rounds. Each round has a different effort/break timer, such as 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off; 40 seconds on, 20 second off; etc. And sometimes the moves are just top of the minute - you do a certain amount of reps in one minute. If you finish the amount of reps before the minute is up, you get a little break!

In this case, it was a top of the minute workout. The moves were:

  • Burpees x10

  • Split squat x10 each side (x20 total)

  • Seesaw press x10 each side (x20 total)

  • Jump rope x50

  • 2 pt. row x 10 each side (x20 total)

  • Plank with hip slap x 10 each side (x20 total)

  • Sit out x10 each side (x20 total)

Look familiar? I put this on my Instagram account after we did it. Just assume that anything I put on there is from somewhere else. I love trying other people’s workouts and sharing the ones that work…and I could create my own. But hey, what can I say? I love supporting other people who put in the work first. ;)

Best for:

People who

  1. just want to get a good workout in with a close-knit community of people.

  2. don’t need all the hype and extra stuff.

  3. want a simple yet effective workout.

Skip it if:

You want or need

  1. to be inspired and motivated by pumping music.

  2. more of the bells and whistles to make you show up to a workout (because you truly hate working out and want more of the experience)

Have you been to a circuit training class before? How does this one seem to compare? Let me know in the comments below!

And while you’re at it, what did you think of this review? Is there something you wish I had covered that I didn’t? Tell me so I can make the next review even better!

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