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BLAST offers challenging fitness classes, a profile that consists of metabolic testing and heart rate training, and a nutritionist to make sure you can achieve your goals in the gym and in the kitchen. (Sarah Buie)

BLAST off to a healthier you

Do you ever feel like you don't have all the tools you need to reach your fitness goals? Maybe you work out but your diet habits aren't great or you eat well but seem to be plateauing with weight loss, then perhaps you need BLAST!

BLAST is a full-service, boutique fitness studio that recognizes that no two people are the same and that "one-size-fits-all" does not apply to exercise or nutrition. They provide a trifecta of services, customizable for your body and lifestyle to produce sustainable results.

BLAST offers challenging fitness classes, a profile that consists of metabolic testing and heart rate training, and a Registered Dietician to make sure you can achieve your goals in the gym and in the kitchen.

The classes consist of alternating periods of intense exercise with brief recovery periods, also known as high-intensity interval training or HITT. During the BLAST Profile, you are guided through a cardiovascular assessment designed to gather the information needed to determine your proper heart rate training zones. This allows the trainers at BLAST to create the ideal exercise program for you.

I took some time out of my day to get my BLAST Profile done and try a class and although it was time-consuming (about an hour or so for my profile and another hour for class) it was well worth it.

During my profile, I was tested and told what my heart rate should be to burn the most fat. The trainer gives you a number, which is "your number," mine was 151. This means that beyond this heart rate my body will stop burning fat and only burn sugar.

Now, if I wear a heart rate monitor while working out I will know what heart rate range I should be in to burn the most fat. I was also told my VO2 Peak (The highest measured volume of oxygen consumed during your VO2 test. It is also a well-established measure of cardiovascular fitness), HR Peak (The highest heart rate measured during your VO2 test), and Base "50/50" (The high exercise intensity where half the calories you burn are from fat).

After running on the treadmill for 12 minutes with a large breathing contraption on my face it was time for my class.

The class was 60 minutes of varying treadmill and floor intervals. 30 total minutes of cardio and 30 total minutes of strength training, but 60 minutes of extremely hard work. By the time we were done with class I literally do not think my body could've run any longer or lifted any more weights. It was a little bit of everything mixed into one great workout.

One thing I absolutely loved about BLAST was the instructor's assistant. The assistant was in class to refill your water bottle, swap out your towel as needed and provide you with heavier or lighter equipment so that all you have to focus on is getting your sweat on.

Unfortunately, with my busy schedule, I was never able to make it in to see the Registered Dietician, but I still feel like I got the most out of my experience with BLAST. I can use that knowledge I learned from my profile not only in a BLAST class but with every single workout I do, as long as I have a heart rate monitor.

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