Tip Tuesdays: Combining classes

While every class offering at Studio Poised is designed to be a full body workout, you can take your fitness to the next level by combining classes. Today's Tip Tuesday is all about how to strategically double or even triple up your classes to help achieve your fitness goals in record time!

Every class at Studio Poise will give you a great workout, but they do so in a number of different ways. We offer classes that are start to finish cardio blasts, but we also feature classes that focus in on toning or strength. Trust us, no matter how you build your schedule, you will see results from taking our classes. But if you've hit a plateau in your fitness goals, if you feel like you're stuck in a rut, or if you want to shake things up and push yourself further, combining classes for a double or triple session will seriously accelerate your results.

We don't advocate just combining any old classes for a double or triple, though. There's a way to strategically combine classes to hit on the different types of fitness. Sure, you could just stack cardio classes on top of each other, but that won't give you the same results as mixing up cardio, strength, and toning classes.

Today's blog is kicking off a series that we'll continue to feature throughout the month of November, highlighting some of our favorite double and triple combinations. These classes have been selected by our phenomenal Instructress team, building on principles of fitness and personal training to ensure that we're helping #poisenation to get the results you deserve. This blog series will run in conjunction with our November "Try 2 or a Few" challenge, which rewards your extra efforts with great prizes and a chance to win a month of free unlimited classes. You can register at any time throughout the month! Email Danielle if you want to get in on the fun.

To kick off the series, we just had to feature the one and only #OGDouble. Danielle's Tuesday Double has been on the schedule since Studio Poise opened its doors, and it remains a favorite among loyal Poisers. This combo has endured for three years for a reason - it hits the perfect combination of strengthening and cardio to deliver maximum results in less than ninety minutes. 

By kicking off the double with Poise Xpress, you're getting your body warmed up and ready to go. Over the forty minutes on the mat, you'll work on strengthening and toning every major muscle group. You'll see improvements in your flexibility, and your core will become stronger. Poise will also help you to focus on your breathing. Zumba, in contrast, is a cardiovascular workout that gets you moving. You'll see higher heart rates in the second half of this double, and higher impact moves. Carry some of the Poise techniques into Zumba for an even better workout -- keep your core engaged while busting out those dance moves and you won't believe the results on your waistline!

This double is so popular because it gives you great results without being too physically taxing. You should avoid taking two high-impact classes in a row, especially if you're recovering from an injury or have weaker joints. This double combines a low-impact Poise mat routine with the high-impact dance cardio in Zumba. Best of all, the results don't end when you finish your Zumba cool down! The combination of cardio and strength training will kick your metabolism into overdrive, and you'll see increased caloric afterburn in the 12-24 hours following your class.

Join us tonight and every Tuesday for Danielle's #OGDouble, and stay tuned for more featured double and triple class combinations in the coming weeks!

PoiseNation March Madness

Brush up on your bracketology, PoiseNation - March Madness is officially upon us! Want to earn bragging rights as the top NCAA expert in PoiseNation, plus win some sweet SP swag - all while supporting a good cause? 

This year, we'll be running a March Madness bracket competition. For a $5 donation, which will be donated to the SP Instructress Team for Yoga Reaches Out (read more here), you can predict the winner of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Here's the details...

How To Register

We will be using the ESPN.com rules and procedures for this year's tournament. To sign up for a free ESPN.com membership and to read up on the tournament procedures, please click here. 

Once you have registered, navigate to the Group Search Page to search for the Studio Poise team. Search for team name "PoiseNation" - this is our private group page! You'll need to enter the team password to join; the password is "sparkle". 

Bracket Donation

Each bracket entry in the tournament challenge costs $5. You may enter more than one bracket if you wish! We will have a list of all ESPN.com user names / bracket names at the Lynnfield location after all entries have been locked in. Our outstanding lounge ladies will be collecting the cash; just make sure to let them know your bracket name so that we can check you off! All donations must be received by Thursday, March 26 - one week after the tournament begins. If we do not receive a donation for a bracket, the entry will be void and will not be eligible for the grand prize. 

Registration Deadline

The official bracket will be released on Sunday, March 15, at which time you can begin choosing which teams you think will go all the way to the championship game. All brackets must be submitted to ESPN.com by tip off of the first game, which is currently scheduled for Thursday, March 19. We recommend getting your brackets in early - ESPN's website can be jammed the morning the tournament starts with last minute submissions!

What's the prize?

Everyone who enters can feel better knowing that we're all working together to support a great cause. You can also take pride in your bragging rights across all of PoiseNation! Best of all, the winner will receive a special SP Swag Bag packed with goodies! 

We hope you'll all get into the spirit of the season by entering a bracket and testing your knowledge of NCAA basketball - or relying on pure luck! Whether you study up on sports columns before making your pick, choose winners based on their team colors or their mascots, or go with random guessing and blind luck, it's always fun to have a rooting interest in the tournament.

Best of all, this will be excellent practice for the upcoming Spring It On challenge - only once April comes, we'll be seeing your team names in the brackets!