My Experience with a Life Time Fitness HIIT Class

I love trying new classes, so when I saw that a Life Time Fitness HIIT Class fit into my training schedule, I booked it as soon as I could! It’s been fun trying new Life Time classes and this HIIT class didn’t disappoint.

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HIIT classes are a part of Lifetime’s group classes, which are included in every membership. This is a great way to try out different classes and find the ones you enjoy the most.

I usually tend to stick to running when I work out, so group classes have been a great way to mix up my routine, try something new and they’ve been really fun and motivating!

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What is a Life Time Fitness HIIT Class?

HIIT class stands for High Intensity Interval Training, a type of workout that alternates between short bursts of intense exercises and brief periods of rest or recovery.

Class Format

Life Time Fitness HIIT class formats might change a bit depending on the instructor, but generally, they’re formatted like this:

5 Minute Warmup

  • 3 HIIT exercises for 45 seconds, with 15 second rest in between. 1 minute strength training exercise.
  • 3 HIIT exercises for 30 seconds without rest, then 45 second strength training

Repeat the HIIT circuit 4 times, each block with different exercises.

Cool down until 45 minutes

What to Bring

For Life Time group classes, I recommend bringing a comfortable pair of shoes that you’ll not only be able to do cardio in, but also a show you can strength train in.

The group classes tend to all have a slight cardio component so I recommend a light sneaker, like a running or walking shoe. Generally any shoe that you can walk around in outside will be comfortable for this class.

The shoes you do want to avoid are shoes that aren’t meant for cardio, like strength style shoes like No Bulls. These shoes tend to not have a lot of support and while they’re amazing strength and weight lifting shoes, they’re not the best for cardio.

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Equipment Needed

All the Equipment you’ll need for this class are inside the studio so you won’t need to bring anything from home! This class usually uses:

  • Yoga Mat
  • Dumbbells
  • Step (depends on the instructor)

Example Exercises

Here are some example exercises you might find in a HIIT class:

  • Burpees
  • Jump Squats
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Plank Jacks
  • High Knees
  • Bicep Burls
  • Overhead Press

These are just a few examples and will change each class. If you need to modify, the instructors will give you alternative moves to do.

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Life Time Fitness HIIT Class Tips

Here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years of taking group fitness classes at Lifetime:

Bring a Water Bottle

The club will have water fountains available, but I always recommend bringing a water bottle to class with you. These classes can move fast so you might not have time to step out of class to get water.

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Book Ahead of Time

I always recommend booking class ahead of time. Not only does this make sure you have a guaranteed spot for class, but it also gives you an assigned spot so you know exactly where to go.

Arrive Early

For your first few classes, I recommend arriving 10-15 minutes before class. This will give you time to set up your area.

If You Need to Leave Early, Try to Be Near the Door

Sometimes you might have to leave early from class and that’s no big deal! If you know you’ll need to leave class early, try to get a spot near the door so it’s easier to leave early.

If you have kids in Kids Academy who might need a diaper change (like my kids every time I go!), try to be near the door as well so you can sneak out easily.

Sample Class

Want to try out a sample class before you attend a studio one? Here’s an example workout from one of the clubs.

YouTube video

For more example workouts, you can find them on the Life Time app under On Demand.

More Life Time Fitness Resources

Another fun Life Time Fitness class is their GTX class. This is a half treadmill, half strength training program that’s led by a personal trainer.

Life Time isn’t just for adults – we had my daughter’s Birthday Party at the club and she loved it!

If you’re looking for a challenge, try out a Life Time Ultra Fit class. It’s similar to GTX except more focused on mobility and agility.

Author

  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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