Florida Power Yoga: A Review Day 1

It's been a long time since I've really written anything fitness related. Since I stopped doing CrossFit on a regular basis, all I've been doing is a 2-3 mile wog (walk/jog combination) every day, some kettlebell swings, and some dance aerobics on my XBox. 

But you all know me. You know that I LOVE group fitness and being surrounded by the positive energy other people emit when they are working out.

Florida Power Yoga came on my radar in 2014 while at CrossFit En Fuego. A few of the girls there were talking about it and kept saying how much they loved it. I had tried Yoga before but it was way too passive for my liking.

Fast forward 2 years. My friend Jolie was telling me about a yoga place she had started going to and how much she loved it. She had their schedule hanging on her cork board so I took a peek and noticed that they had classes at night that actually fit into my schedule! Say what?? But again, was this like the passive yoga I had taken in the past?

I went to their website and immediately saw that they were NOT anything like the yoga classes I had taken in the past.

I mean, just read this description:

"People love it as it makes P90X look like child's play. We call every breath and to call it that fast means we know how to create a one of a kind experience each time you unroll a class. No two classes are never taught the same way. We have no script that we teach by. That's boring. We simply show up to teach to who ever is on the yoga mats and feel the energy in the room to where people want us to guide them." 

Now, I have NEVER taken a P90X class, but I know plenty (and I mean plenty) of people who have and they RAVE about it. So I was curious. How can a yoga class make P90X look like child's play? Well, I was determined to go and find out.

And find out I did!

Today was my first class at Florida Power Yoga and I can say unequivocally that I LOVED it! I mean, I can't even explain what we did. But I know we did some tabata (including burpees, squats, pushups, and more.) I know we did Warrior. Down Dog. Planks. Oh lord, the planks. 

The music was great and the class DID NOT STOP. If you needed a break, you took it, but there was no time "between tracks" like in typical cardio classes. We just went for it.

And I was drenched in sweat by the end. Like seriously. And I LOVED it (have I said that enough yet??)

It was such a great mix of HiiT, cardio, strength, stretching, and then that last bit where we just laid there, drenched in sweat, and relaxed. My mind was going in a million different directions, but centered on the fact that I really enjoyed what I had just done. I liked having my friend Jolie next to me (who was killing it BTW), I liked the energy of the studio, the owner (who is also the teacher) was not holding anything back.

And check out my heart rate data!

The numbers don't lie! I don't know of any other yoga classes where you will hit zones 4 and 5 and stay there for a significant amount of time! 

So...I signed up for a one month unlimited pass. My goal is to hit a class at least 4X per week, and I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be able to make that goal. I'll still keep with my wogs because I love getting out of the library on my lunch break and clearing my head. 

I'll be sure to keep the blog updated with my progress throughout the month. I'm super excited by the class I took today and look forward to what the rest of the month has in store for me.

And a special thanks to the owner Denice, who was kind enough to let me use her Elite Hot Hybrid Kulae Yoga mat instead of the traditional yoga mat I had brought with me. Apparently I would have been slipping and sliding all over the place with all my sweat Surprised


Have you ever done a "power yoga" class before?


Weekly Workouts April 13-19

Sunday-Iron Girl 5K. You can read all about it HERE. It was a great day with my oldest daughter!


Steps: 26,655



Build to a heavy Squat Clean.
* 15 minutes.
For Time Complete 4 Rounds of:
– 400M Run
– 25 Wall Balls
* Rest 2 minutes.
* Go hard with each round and on the Wall Balls knowing that you have a break coming!
* You will rest 2 minutes after each round.
Calories: 625
Steps: 18,161

Tuesday-CrossFit and yardwork!!

Gymnastics “Play” Session.
* 10 minutes.
* Work on Kipping Pull-Ups, Handstand Push-Ups, Kipping Toes-to-Bar, Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups, and/or Handstand Walks
Complete a 10 minute AMRAP of:
– 10 Power Snatches
– 10 Toes-to-Bar

Calories: 674

Steps: 18,384
After my WOD I unloaded a truck load full of dirt and burned an additional 934 calories!!



Bench Press
Build to a heavy 2 rep lift.
* 10 minutes max.
Then complete:
4 x 2 @ that weight.
Complete 1 minute at each Station for Max Reps:
– 1 minute Calorie Row
* 1 minute Break
~ 1 minute of Alternating Single Arm DB Clean & Press (35-55/15-35)
* 1 minute Break
~ 1 minute of Crawlers w/ a Push-Up
* 1 minute Break
~ 1 minute of Slam Balls (20/15)
** Rest for 3 minutes. **
Complete 2 minutes at each Station for Max Reps:
– 2 minute Calorie Row
* 1 minute Break
~ 2 minute of Alternating Single Arm DB Clean & Press (35-55/15-35)
* 1 minute Break
~ 2 minute of Crawlers w/ a Push-Up
* 1 minute Break
~ 2 minute of Slam Balls (20/15)
Calories: 333
Steps: 15,846


Back squat


3, 3, 3

1, 1, 1, 1, 1

I ended up hitting a new PR for the back squat at 110#. And I broke parallel, and my coach said I could have gone heavier. Good day.

Calories: 554

Steps: 14,350


AMRAP for Ronin

30 minutes, as many rounds as possible

500m row

20X shoulder to overhead (55#)

20X knees to elbows

20X ring rows

20X lunges

It was a partner WOD, so one person was rowing at all times while the other was completing the other movements. My partner and I completed 8 rounds. Ronin was also with me at the gym, and he was having so much fun with his friends that he didn't want to leave. So I got in another workout after my workout.

Calories: 823

Steps: 15,547

Saturday- REST DAY!!! I spent the day cheering on my box bud's at the Festivus Games at TNL CrossFit in Tampa. Post to come soon!!

I worked out 6 days in a row!! I haven't done that in a while. Felt good!! Though my FT60 told me that this week I need to take a recovery week. Going to start it on Monday with a nice long easy cycle ride with my husband.

Total steps: 119,243 Each week it gets a little bit higher!!



How was your week?? Anything special on the agenda this week?


Weekly Workouts March 16-22

My kids were on Spring Break this week, and our house is still undergoing remodeling. Thankfully the remodeling is *almost* done, just two more rooms (our bedroom and Ronin's bedroom) and then we'll be done!! Lots of packing and unpacking still going on, but we'll get there...eventually.

Spring Break and remodeling have taken a toll on my workout schedule, but I managed to get in 4 CrossFit workouts, spent one day at SeaWorld, and two days away playing with my kids at the beach.

So here's how last week played out for me.

Sunday-REST DAY!! Well, as much rest as one can take with lawn work, unpacking, rearranging, that sort of thing.

Steps: 16,217

Monday- CrossFit. And it was St. Patrick's Day, so of course we had a themed WOD! We did 4 leaf clover!

1 minute of floor press, rest 1 minute, 1 minute of ring rows, rest 1 minute, 1 minute of double unders/singles, rest 1 minute, 1 minute burpees jumping up to a 6" target REPEAT everything 4 times. I started off the WOD with a 65# floor press, and made it one round, then had to drop to 45# for last 3 minutes. With double unders, let's say I tried them. I have no idea if I was actually doing them or not, but I was attempting them! It was a good WOD!

Calories: 397

Total Steps: 15,960


Tuesday-CrossFit. Can't remember exactly what we did, but it involved power cleans and jerks. LOL. That's all I can remember!! Spent the rest of the day with my kids at the pool just chilling in a beach chair!

Calories: 635

Total Steps: 11.070


Wednesday-CrossFit. Complete 4 rounds FOR TIME:

  • 20 wall balls
  • 10 pull-ups (assisted)

And then (not for time) some old school hammer curls with a 25# dumbbell.

Calories: 568

Total Steps: 17,677

And then afterwards I took the kids and the dog to Honeymoon Island dog beach!



3 rounds FOR TIME:

  • 25 push press
  • 1000m row

I started the push press with 55# and did one round with that, then dropped to 45# for the last 2 rounds. That bar gets heavy fast!!


Total Steps: 19,525

Saturday-REST DAY! Well, BEACH DAY!!

Total Steps: 14,428


 Overall my data shows that I moved 110,803 steps. Not my best week, but considering all I had going on, I'LL TAKE IT!!

How was your week in workouts??