A Month at Florida Power Yoga

How has it been one month already?? Time is just slipping away from me.

During my one month at Florida Power Yoga I have been able to try a variety of classes. 5 different classes if you want to be specific.

I've done (in no particular order)

Power Mash

Power Yoga

Core Power

Power Yo' Glutes

Power Abs

And of course I have my favorite class! Which one do you think it is?

It's POWER MASH!! I absolutely love that class. 

In Power Mash you do 3ish minutes of Yoga moves, followed by many many many minutes of a Tabata style workout. I freaking love it. It's totally amazing. The main part of the workout lasts for about 35ish minutes, and then we do 10ish minutes of abs, and then stretching and about 6ish minutes of Savasana. It works out to pretty much exactly an hour. An hour of amazing.

I think I have probably mentioned on the blog somewhere that I had done Yoga in the past. But the Yoga that I had done previously did not really prepare me for Florida Power Yoga. Wink  My previous experience was with Les Mills Body Flow. But I was prepared for it to NOT be like Body Flow as I had done my research and knew that FPY had classes that focused on cardio with purposeful breathing. 

I've spent this past month really focusing on my breathing during Yoga. In and out through the nose during exercise is a challenge for me, but I'm getting better at it. I've also noticed that I've gotten a lot more flexible and my balance has improved A LOT! 

Check out my data from the past month.


I started on January 12th and that was a Power Mash class. For the sport icons I hadn't synced my A360 with Flow for a long time, so I just used the group fitness profile. 

On February 8th I finally synced my monitor and was able to use the Yoga sport profile Cool



I had been going about 4 times per week when I first started, but then work happened and I've dropped down to 2-3 times per week. I still get in my daily lunch "wog" (walk/jog) so I'm certainly hitting all my activity goals. If I could just get my diet under control. Yell


I've met some very nice people during my month at FPY. Even ran into quite a few former members of CrossFit En Fuego and it's always good to catch up with old friends.

Now I just need to renew my monthly pass and try to get back to 3 times per week. I CAN DO IT!! I love that they offer a 7:15pm class. It's a perfect time for me, but the past two weeks I have been buried under kid stuff....science fair, homework, etc...that I've been barely keeping my head above water. This is probably further proof that I need to make some time for ME so that I can be a better mom/wife to the most important people in my life....my family.




During my month at FPY I also had the opportunity to try out 2 different hot yoga mats. Both were made by Kulae. I used each mat for 2 weeks. The first mat I used was very nice. It was very soft, yet gripped my feet very well so I never felt like I was slipping and sliding around the mat. BUT....it got super stinky very quickly. It literally went from 0 stink to OMG I can hardly breathe stink over night. And then I washed it which was fine, but the drying process took FOREVER! I laid it out on a flat space and I kid you not....it took 4 DAYS for that mat to dry. I had to borrow another mat from the studio during the interim because my mat back was drenched.

The second mat I tried (and am still using now) was the Elite Hybrid. I LOVE THIS MAT!!! The sweat smell doesn't suddenly jump out at you. You can start to smell that you need to wash it BEFORE it becomes totally overwhelming. It also took less time to air-dry. Still took longer than I would like (2 full days) but having washed the other one I planned my washing of this mat at a time when I knew I'd be out of the studio for a while so that I could give it plenty of time to dry. I don't think my feet stick as well to this mat as the other and it has bunched up on me a few times, but I'm willing to overlook that because of the shorter drying time and "smell" issue.

What type of hot yoga mat do you use?

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?


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