revive fitness.

a few weekends ago, i met up with the blog squad to try a workout at revive lifestyle fitness.

revive’s style of workout combines low-impact training with a high intensity push. the low impact aspect is to reduce the number of exercise-related injuries and allow those who are injured to participate as well.

our workout was split into three sections, all with a high intensity interval training theme.

we started on spin bikes with a 20-minute ride. before the workout began, we entered age, weight, activity level, etc. into the bike to figure out our functional threshold watt. these stats are used to determine target zones to work at throughout the session. a tv screen in front of the bikes set out how much time we worked at each of the four different levels: blue (warm up), green (easy), yellow (moderate) and red (all-out), to create a very sweaty, internal-based workout.


the second portion of class was split into two circuits. we got things warmed up with a two minute row and then the remaining five minutes we did as many rounds as possible of:

  • 12 kettlebell situps
  • 12 kettlebell deadlift with shoulder raise

the second circuit was five minutes long as consisted of as many rounds as possible of:

  • 15 TRX squat rows
  • 12 TRX situps
  • 12 double leg lifts


the third and last section of the class was a partner workout. each team member alternated between a distance on the rower while the other person did 10 burpees (which aren’t low impact in my book) and held a plank until their rowing partner was finished. it started with 500m, then 400m, etc. it was a race to see how many rounds could get done in seven minutes. i’m not a very competitive person, but this really fuelled some of the other girls.

while all of us just wanted to collapse on the ground, we actually ended the session with mat stretches to cool down.


sadly, i was rubbed the wrong way from almost the very start of the class. while on the spin bikes, our instructor said, “if you’re fit, this isn’t hard.” i understand that i was in a private class with a bunch of very fit, fitness bloggers, but i’m not the most fit individual. i tried to shake it off, but he repeated some iteration of these words numerous times throughout the class. we also had two pregnant women in the class and there were no modifications offered for them in the core-heavy class.

saying that, if you’re a fit, not-pregnant human, it could be a very motivating class for you.


your first class is free, and they offer a two-week unlimited introductory pass for $59. after that, a drop-in is $28. it’s a bit expensive for a group fitness class, but around par for a group personal training session.

let’s keep it simple:

is it a good workout? yes!

is it for me? no!

have you tried a class like this before?