Guys, I’ve found a new love: Elevate Interval Fitness.
They only have two locations, one in Fairfax, Virginia and one in DC, but man are they doing it right.
Elevate is a 55-minute class with 25 minutes of treadmill work and 25 minutes of floor work (and then, of course, stretching). Clients can choose to start on the floor or on the treadmills, and then both the treads and floor work usually have partner components. I’ve been to Elevate four times now, so I can offer some insight on the kinds of exercises you do.
For the floor work, there is always a Skill Of The Week. Last week it was pushups; this week it was lunges. Every day of that week, floor work somehow incorporates a version of the skill of the week, like plank pushups or jumping jack pushups, etc. There are usually two to three sets of circuit floor work, using weights, kettlebells, TRX bands, sandbags, air bikes, rowers or your own body weight. You often do a move for, let’s say 45 seconds, and then switch to whatever move your partner is doing, and repeat.
For the treadmills, there are usually two to three sets of intervals on different inclines, power, modes (there’s a regular mode and a Dynamic Mode where you use your own energy to power the treadmill; it’s incredible), and distances. Often you have a partner and switch up the type of interval based on when they complete their set. The partner work on the treadmill holds you accountable to trying your best, as you and your partner are working together.
The best part for all the forgetful people out there (ie me) is that the moves and treadmill workouts are all displayed on screens around the room. You can always check the screen for how long you’re supposed to be doing a move, what your partner is doing, and when you switch. There’s a timer at the front of the room for everyone so that you always know how much time you have left.
I’ve had three different instructors: Jamel, David, and Victoria, and they’ve all been encouraging and professional. David founded Elevate and he’s also a founding member of the Reebok Spartan Race Pro Team (and hosts the Spartan Race). You would never know any of these things about him from interacting with him at Elevate, because he’s so humble and down-to-earth. It’s clear how skilled he is, though, because he corrects me on almost every move during the class (or maybe it’s just clear that I have no idea what I’m doing…). A fitness coach who actually corrects you is absolutely pivotal, though, because it’s so easy to go too hard and injure yourself. David makes sure you have good form, the proper weight, and a strong mindset. My first class, David told us that a girl that morning had set a record for a sprinting distance during her treadmill session. I was so inspired by him telling us that, that I immediately tried to beat that girl’s time, too. I got super close—within .02 miles—and pushed myself more mentally than I ever have before. It was by far my biggest physical accomplishment in the last year, and gave me a lot of hope for getting back into half marathons [As some of you know, I’ve run 12, but I’ve taken over a year off from long distance running].
Elevate is unparalleled. The prices are reasonable, the new member specials are a huge discount, the community is so welcoming and loving, and the coaches really know their stuff.
This is not a class to mess around with. I am exhausted after each one. Most of the clients are very serious about fitness, and just by looking around the room you can see that everyone came to push themselves mentally and physically. At the same time, though, it’s not competitive. It’s all about teamwork—hence the partner work—and I never feel like anyone is judging me. In fact, I’ve had a partner for every single class who has told me multiple times, “awesome job!” or given me a high-five, etc. Everyone in the class wants everyone else to succeed.
At this point, I’ve tried 22 fitness studios in DC. Elevate is at the top of the list by a landslide. In fact, I invested in a month membership for the rest of my time in DC. If I live here after I graduate, which is the tentative plan, I plan to make Elevate one of my main communities in DC and a place I can go all the time for a challenging and rewarding workout.
If you’re looking for a class that will challenge you, a community that will inspire you, a fun workout that’s varied and uses a variety of equipment, Elevate is absolutely the class for you.
If you live in DC, I strongly encourage you to try it (the first class is free!).
For more information, go here: http://elevateintervalfitness.com/