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? 

  • I want to thank you for bringing the “fit” comments to light. To be honest, I didn’t much notice it until you mentioned it, and I’m glad you did. It’s important to be aware of how words impact people, adn it’s something I want to be more aware of.

    My takeaway is personal growth. <3

    • i think a great way to say these words with your group could be: “we’re going to keep doing this until we’re so fit it’s not hard.” it gives the same message, but doesn’t leave anyone out.

      i appreciated that i could be open about asking how everyone felt about it, and i’m actually really happy that no one else noticed it, because it would have sucked.

  • me: not so much into the fitness + 0% competitive = not for me. And burpees are torture not low-impact. Good for you for trying it and offering honest opinions.

  • I actually didn’t think too much about him not offering modified exercises when we couldn’t do the core work, but now that you mention it, it was strange. Especially since Nicole had let him know ahead of time that she would be coming and was pregnant, so he could have prepared.

    • maybe i’m a bit oversensitive to it, i think, from working at the yoga studios. even in the cool down, he didn’t cue open twists for you ladies instead of closed ones. i know it wasn’t as much of an issue in our session, since you know how to listen to your body and your growing baby to modify, but if it were a general class, i’d hope for more cueing.

  • Ooooh I don’t like ““if you’re fit, this isn’t hard.” AT ALL. I like classes where I walk in thinking I’m fit, and it is hard, and the instructor lets me know it’s hard but I’m doing a good job. Also I think I have it engrained from teaching Yoga Sculpt at CorePower but we always offer modifications and lower impact versions of things.

  • Becky @

    Man, that’s too bad about the ‘fit’ comments and lack of modifications. Just because it’s a group of fitness bloggers doesn’t mean you should assume everyone is at a peak fitness level. I appreciate your honesty with that!