NO DUES UNTIL 2023 ON ALL MEMBERSHIPS. USE CODE FREEDEC22  FIND A CLUB

THE PULSE

12Jan

I Took My First M7: STRONG Class And This Is What Happened

In-Shape | 12 Jan, 2022 | Workouts | Return|

Hi, In-Shape! It’s me, your favorite copywriter, Katherine. When I’m not writing content for In-Shape’s Member Buzz or strategizing with our social team, I stay active in roller derby and am what you might call a group fitness fanatic. I take everything from BODYFLOW® to yoga to cycle classes, and am trying to work my way through trying every format In-Shape offers (turns out there are a LOT). I also never miss my weekly BODYPUMP® class with my dad at our Brentwood club. Needless to say, I was excited to give our newest format, M7: STRONG, a try. Here’s what I thought.

 

I definitely had BODYPUMP® in mind when I walked into the group fitness studio for my first M7: STRONG class, since BODYPUMP® is In-Shape’s most popular strength format. To my surprise, it’s a very different vibe. M7: STRONG feels more like a bootcamp or a group training session than your usual group fitness class. It was kind of a breath of fresh air — I love group fitness classes, but I loved the chance to try something new!
 

Coach Andy led our class and told us our call and response for the class: “When I ask how you’re doing, you reply back: ‘STRONG!’” An awesome playlist was already playing when we entered the room and set up our stations — I thought the vibe of the playlist suited the workout and helped me get through the toughest parts.
 

I’ve taken M7: HIIT a few times (which, full transparency, always feels very challenging to me — HIIT classes aren’t my jam), and that class is bodyweight only, so I expected the same for this class. It turns out M7: STRONG needs some gear: three dumbbell options (I grabbed 12lb, 10lb, and 5lb) and a yoga mat. I was grateful I had dumbbell options and switched up which weights I used depending on the exercise — and according to fatigue.
 

We did an AMRAP of upper body, then a 3-minute ab challenge where a partner and I traded off exercises, then a lower body AMRAP, then another ab challenge. It was a challenging class, but I felt good afterwards—not so drained I felt like I needed to lie down, but like I’d gotten in a great workout, especially considering it was only 30 minutes. Challenging, but in a good way!

 

I’d recommend M7: STRONG to the strength fanatics, those who are looking for a group training or bootcamp vibe, and to my fellow BODYPUMP® fans who want to try something different.


 

Ready to give this new group training experience a try? You’ll need to book a reservation in the app—look for M7: STRONG. It’s rolling out at even more clubs soon. You can also click here for a list of clubs currently offering M7: STRONG.

 

 

About the Author

Related

How to Stay on Track During the Hustle and Bustle of the Holiday Season

How to Stay on Track During the Hustle and Bustle of the Holiday Season

You’ve worked hard all year to stick to healthy habits but the hustle and bustle of the holiday sea...

Read More >
Healthiest Food At Starbucks

Healthiest Food At Starbucks

Stay on track when you pop in for some convenient caffeine at your favorite coffee stop.

Read More >
How to Find a Workout Buddy

How to Find a Workout Buddy

If you ever have a hard time pushing yourself to go to the gym or finishing that last circuit set, a...

Read More >
What Is The InBody Test, And Should I Try It?

What Is The InBody Test, And Should I Try It?

Want to see what you’re really made of? Fitness is about way more than a number on a scale, and BMI...

Read More >
How To Start A Plant-Based Diet

How To Start A Plant-Based Diet

More and more people in America have been making the switch to a meat-free, plant-based lifestyle to...

Read More >
3 Tips To Avoid Christmas Morning Meltdowns

3 Tips To Avoid Christmas Morning Meltdowns

While we’d all like our Christmas morning to be as magical as a movie, any parent can tell you that...

Read More >