Yes, at first I was apprehensive to go to a studio called “Hot Mamas.” Was it one of those places where moms bring their kids to class? What exactly was “Sexy Sweat?” Would a place with a class called “Skinny Jeans” really be that challenging? I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but after a glowing review from one of my friends, I decided to give it a try.
And let me tell you, yes there is childcare, and yes there are some – and sometimes lots of- mamas, but this is NOT your typical “mom” workout. These classes are HARD! My first hint really should have been that their website literally says, “If you’re looking for easy, you’re at the wrong place.” I can get through most classes at most studios without taking any extra breaks, and a lot of times even do the more advanced modifications, but I have yet to get through a class at Hot Mamas without stopping in one way or another. (Don’t let that scare you though! There are people of all fitness levels in every class. It is a very welcoming studio!)
I typically go to Sexy Sweat with Allison Brown. One, the timing on this class always seems to be best for me, and two, because it is absolutely amazing! It’s like the Tracy Anderson Method of Colorado. Sometimes I like to pretend that I’m Gwyneth Paltrow, jumping around and shaking it in some swanky LA studio. Which honestly isn’t hard to do because this studio is pretty swanky and it’s probably the best dance workout I’ve ever done.
What makes it so great? First, Allison is actually a dancer. Like, a really good one who also teaches at dance studios around Denver. This isn’t a workout trying to be dance. It is actual dancing, and sometimes Allison will even teach a choreographed routine. Second, it is super hard. I think this might be the sweatiest class I go to. You start out with about 30min of straight dancing – yes, there is lots of booty shaking, and yes, it is on the more sexy side, but not uncomfortably (I even got my mom to join me a few times). I actually think it has maybe made me a better dancer…
After the dance portion, when you’re already exhausted, the class moves to toning. This switches up, but typically it’s a series of standing arm exercises, like alternating arm curls and punching with weights to the music, then heads to the floor for LOTS of booty and core work. This is the part I can never, ever get through. Lots of different leg lifts, bridges, crunches, often with a weight. Allison somehow can magically do everything, but there’s always without a doubt a point at which I need to set my leg down. Then some stretching, and you’re done! It is an incredibly full body, fat burning workout.
There are also other amazing classes as well if dancing isn’t your thing! The only other one I’ve actually done was Sweatin’ Like a Mutha, but I have observed a few others while waiting for class. Sweatin’ Like a Mutha was a circuit based cardio class that included some running and lunges outside, step, and plyometrics, all with either light weights, therabands, or gliders. While there wasn’t anything particularly “special,” per se, about this workout in terms of revolutionary circuit training, what made it stand out was that it was clearly aimed at building long, lean muscles and burning fat, unlike other similar classes that I’ve taken at different studios that put more emphasis on using heavier weights with less reps. And it was fun! Also highly recommended.
I still also really want to go to Femme Fatale, the bootcamp style class. I’ve also heard friends rave about Skinny Jeans, which it supposed to be pretty challenging. No matter what you pick though, it’s guaranteed that you will leave really sweaty and in an even better mood!