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Studio Happenings: Week of 11/2

Join Our November Challenge... Try 2 or a Few!

The challenge... 
Monday, November 2, we'll be launching our first ever Try 2 or a Few challenge! Forget coming in for a quick 40-minute Xpress class. For the month of November, we are challenging #poisenation to double and triple up on your classes to help get yourself in your BEST shape BEFORE the holidays arrive! We will be offering some of our favorite combos for your consideration here on the blog, but also can't wait to see and hear what you challenge yourself to do! Our staff will be joining in on the fun, so you aren't alone, AND there are some prizes at stake!

The winners... 
There will be plenty of opportunities to win - and we've got some great prizes in store. Every week in November will have a winner based on whoever earned the most points that week, and the grand prize winner at the end of the month will win a free month of unlimited classes for December!

The points... 
Double: 1 point
Triple: 2 points

In case of a tie... For the grand prize, the individual with the highest number of total classes for the month of November will win. For the weekly prizes, a winner will be randomly selected from the names of the individuals tied for first.

The prizes...
We're getting together some great prizes for you! Lash & Brow Bar by Tia Joy will offer a full set of lash extensions to the grand prize winner, plus weekly prizes of facial peels and exfoliating treatments. Kiara Mooney, Hairstylist & Makeup Artist, will be offering hair care packages for our winners. We'll also have some sweet swag from Lululemon, and we're still working on getting some more swag from other local businesses and #poisenation favorites. 

The details...
Cost: $45 ($40 for unlimited members). The entry fee includes a limited edition "I tried 2 or a few" blinged out SP tank - only the brave challengers will be able to rock this gear! Challenge members will also have exclusive access to the Challenger Facebook group, where we'll be posting tips, tricks, motivation, and some additional challenge opportunities... plus some good-natured competition! 
To register: Visit our Online Store. Click "Services," then select "Challenge Groups" from the drop down menu. Choose the "Try 2 or a Few" challenge, then complete check out. If you have problems, let us know - contact danielle@studio-poise.com. 
NOTE: If you do not want the limited edition tank, you can opt out of the registration fee. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, email Danielle directly and she'll get you set up. Do not complete the online form if you do not want the tank! 

Schedule Change: Thursdays Poised & Hot Bodies with Kelsey

Beginning Thursday, November 5, Kelsey's Poised & Hot Bodies class will begin at 5:15pm. If you haven't tried this class yet, we hope you'll give it a shot at the new time. Heated classes are a great way to switch things up and challenge your bodies in new ways - to learn more, read our blog post about the benefits of heated classes! And for your challengers, maybe consider making this one of your doubles - get hot & sweaty with Kelsey, pause to rehydrate, then jump into 7pm SPiit with Janie! 

Winter Coat Drive

As the temperatures drop, if you pull out your winter coat and decide it's time for an update, don't throw that coat out - donate it! Last year's children's coat drive was so successful that we decided to bring it back for 2015, and this year we'll be accepting coats for adults as well. We're partnering with Burlington Coat Factory's Warm Coats, Warm Hearts drive. There will be a bin in the SP lobby where you can drop off your coats, which will then be distributed to individuals in need across Massachusetts. 

Let's Nail Cancer

Studio Poise is joining forces with Team Avalanna at Cure ATRT Now in support of the Let's Nail Cancer initiative. This social media campaign will run from now through November 25, and we'd love for #poisenation to show our support of this fantastic cause. We'll have purple nail polish on hand in the SP lobby, as well as some fun photo props to spice up your selfie. Take time out after class (or between doubles, for you challengers!) to grab the friends on the next mat and snap a pic in support of this cause. To learn more, visit www.nailcancer.org

Poised Pages is back!

The Studio Poise book club, Poised Pages, will be back next week - join us on Wednesday, November 11, at 8pm. We'll be reading Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing your Messy, Beautiful Life, by Glennon Doyle Melton. This is such an impactful book - even if you don't have time to read the whole thing by next week, every page has something to offer, and we can't wait to discuss it with you! The class is free, but don't forget to sign up through our online scheduler so we know how many people to plan for (...because of course, no book club is complete without wine). 

See you around the studio next week! And don't forget - if you're taking Strike a Poise with Brittany tomorrow, October 31, come decked out in your Halloween finest - we're getting Poised & Spooky for the holiday! 

Tip Tuesdays: The Benefits of Heated Fitness Classes

There's nothing quite so satisfying as getting a good sweat on in a fitness class. We've all seen how steamy the studio can get after a killer cardio session! But what about classes where the room is intentionally heated before we even begin? Believe it or not, there are real benefits to taking a heated class. Read on to learn more about why you should consider adding a heated class to your routine, and for some tips to stay comfortable and healthy through those classes!

There are a number of benefits to working out in a heated room. At Studio Poise, we rely on heaters to add intensity to some of our yoga and strength classes; we don't heat any of our cardio classes. Wondering why we kick things up a notch by making the temperatures climb?

Heated fitness classes improve cardiovascular health.

Working out in a heated room makes your heart work harder. You may feel like you can't work out with the same intensity as you would in a non-heated class; that's because of the extra cardiovascular effort involved thanks to the heated room. As long as you're in good health, it's perfectly safe to ramp up the intensity from time to time. As an added benefit, if you consistently take heated classes, you should notice that you can push further in non-heated classes, thanks to your improved heart performance!

Heat helps with flexibility.

Practicing yoga in a heated room can help you to reach new levels of flexibility as you work through poses. The higher temperature means your muscles warm up faster, and you should feel it as you progress through the class. Go with the flow and be amazed by what your body can accomplish! As always, listen to your body and don't do anything that doesn't feel right - you don't want to risk injury - but don't be afraid to explore how the heat helps your range of motion.

 

Sweating can help with detoxifying your body.

If you've been feeling sluggish or not your best, taking a heated class can be a bit like hitting the reset button. Because you'll be sweating - a lot - you'll be ridding your body of any toxins that may have built up. You'll be drinking plenty of water both during and after the class to replenish the fluids you lost, which also helps to flush out your body.

So... are you ready to steam up those mirrors? Here are some helpful tips to make sure your first heated class experience is a positive one!

  • Drink lots of water. Since you'll be sweating - a lot - it's important to make sure you're hydrated. Drink some water before class, have a full water bottle handy during class, and drink a full water bottle within 30-45 minutes of finishing class to make sure you replenish your body's fluids.
  • Bring a towel. If you normally don't sweat much during a workout, trust us, you're going to sweat during these classes! Have a towel on hand to wipe your face as needed. It's also helpful to have a towel nearby in case you feel your hands slipping during planks or downward dog.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Make sure that you're wearing breathable fabrics that wick moisture away from your body. Avoid long sleeves or full length pants. 
  • Leave the perfume at home. If you're planning to take a heated class during the day, skip perfume that morning. Scents can be intensified in the heated space, and perfume can go from pleasantly floral to overwhelming fast.
  • Listen to your body. You know your body better than anyone, and it's important to listen to what it's telling you. Take breaks as needed, and if you feel like an exercise isn't working for you, ask for modifications. If the heat is getting to be too much, don't be afraid to step out of the room, drink some water, and take a few minutes to cool down before resuming the class. 

Don't miss our heated classes at Studio Poise!

If you've never taken a heated class before, you may want to start by trying Hip Hop Yoga with Ali White (Mondays at 5:15pm, Wednesdays at 6:45pm). The room is gently heated for this class and Ali will lead you through a series of yoga postures. You'll get your sweat on, but your mat will be there if you need to drop into child's pose for a quick breather.

If you're ready to step up your game, you won't want to miss the newest addition to the Studio Poise schedule - Poised & HOT Bodies, taught by Danielle on Fridays at 10am. The heat is cranking for some signature DRo strength and toning exercises. The class combines strength and toning moves with yoga, barre, and stretching - you'll get a little bit of everything and will leave the class feeling stronger and more flexible. Leave the mat at home - while Danielle incorporates yoga into this class, the bulk of the class is spent standing or at the barre. It's the perfect Friday class to kick start your weekend - you definitely don't want to miss this! 

Have you tried any of our heated class offerings? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!