(Photos taken by me unless noted in caption) Saturday, I went with the Dallas Fitness Ambassadors to Beyond500 Henderson in Dallas. If you have not heard about this studio, it won Best Fitness Program for 2015 in D Magazine.
Beyond500 was easy to find and in a great location. I was able to fill out a waiver online so they didn’t need me to do anything when I got there. Inside, everything was clean and bright. The equipment was different than what I was used to. I must admit, I was intimidated by the chairs and the treadmills. However, I was excited to try something new. We met Brandi, the owner and creator of Beyond. She has an extensive background in fitness and is passionate about helping others get fit safely.
Bryer, our instructor, explained what the Beyond500 workout circuits would consist of and how to use the equipment. We tried out the treadmills, did some stretches, and moved on to our workout.
The class is divided in to circuits to help you burn 500 calories and beyond. In the beginning we were divided into three groups, switching circuits every three minutes. The next part of the class we were divided into two groups for the remaining circuits. We used the chair, the self-propelled treadmill, and kettle bells. Bryer demonstrated each move to insure we were using everything correctly.
My heart rate was elevated throughout the class and beyond, so I know I was burning calories all day. All of us were cheering each other on and suffering (the good kind) together, so that made it less intimidating and more fun. The, class was difficult, but low-impact on joints.
Once I got the hang of it, I really liked the challenge of the self-propelled treadmill. I also really enjoyed the format of the class. If you have ever taken a circuit class, you understand how the flow works. There were very challenging moves, but we didn’t have to stay in them too long because of the circuits. Another rave is how passionate and helpful the instructors were.
One of my favorite pieces of equipment are kettle bells, so I like how they incorporate them in their workouts.
Brandi talked to us about how their studio focuses on safety, which is why they use the equipment they do. Everything was explained to us well, there were people to assist, and it was fun.
The chair was difficult for me because I have never done anything like it before. Like any workout, once you do it for a while, you get used to it (I am sure), but I felt like I was doing it all wrong (fortunately for me there were multiple assisting us so we had proper form).
There are no locks on the lockers, however the studio is one large room so it isn’t completely out of sight. The only reason I listed this as a hesitation is because it is important to remember not to bring in valuables because you will not have a place to lock them up.
Beyond500 is definitely worth checking out. The community, instructors, challenge, and emphasis on safety make it a great place to feel the burn, sweat, and challenge your body. Grab a few friends and experience it together.
Have you been to a BEYOND studio? What are your thoughts? Will you try it?
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