One of our most popular VIDA classes is VIDA RX – the barbell based workout that hits every major muscle group one at a time to musically driven choreography. This class is a favorite for our members for obvious reasons – you get a full body workout and are in and out in just an hour, a feat that would be difficult to accomplish working out on your own.
For those unfamiliar with the class, VIDA RX takes you through a full array of traditional strength training exercises in this order: squats, chest, back, triceps, biceps, legs (again, I know) shoulders and core. For each track you’ll use a barbell with adjustable weight plates or dumbbells of your choice to complete 5-6 minutes of repetitions focusing on that muscle group alone.
VIDA RX instructor Kip Plaisted explains that being able to control the amount of weight you’re using on your bar makes this class perfect for members of all fitness levels.
“You can add or subtract weight during class in order to meet your individual fitness goals. I encourage people who are just starting out to track the weight they use for each muscle group each week, and after a few weeks start to increase it gradually,” says Kip.
This class is perfect for those new to weight training who need to learn proper lifting form and technique. The classroom setting is less intimidating than being out on the floor on your own, and it’s easy for first-timers to catch on to the movements by watching and learning from other class participants.
The low weight, high rep style of the class is also what makes VIDA RX a totally different experience than, say, doing squats on a Smith machine. Rather than maxing out on weight and doing a few reps with multiple breaks in between, you’re doing 5-6 minutes of reps with lower weights but no breaks. Your muscles will be just as (if not more) fatigued from that short amount of intense strength training than by spreading it out over half an hour on your own.
Kip also explains that while the class is great for beginners, active lifters can still benefit from the class because of the full body workout that it provides.
“A lot of active lifters are focusing on one muscle group a day, and can sometimes focus on one area more than others,” he says. “RX is a great way to make sure you’re not forgetting a muscle group, and get a full workout in in under an hour.”
An important thing for active lifters to know before taking VIDA RX is to not be discouraged if you can’t do as much weight during the class as you would use on your own. The high rep nature of the class is designed to give you a different workout than a heavy lifting series would, so it’s totally normal to go down in weight. After doing the class for a while, you’ll probably notice that you’re able to go up in weight during regular lifting due to the muscular endurance that VIDA RX builds.
While each instructor follows the same class format for VIDA RX, they do have flexibility to pick and choose their favorite tracks for each muscle group. Kip says he has a few signature tracks that he likes to use for legs, shoulders and abs that involve some less traditional moves and keep things fresh and interesting.
“I like to do things a little differently than other instructors so my participants feel like they’re getting a new workout every time,” says Kip.
VIDA RX does have a tendency to get a little packed, so get there early to ensure you’ll have space to set up your bench. Try to get a spot in the front for Kip’s classes – his positive energy and motivation is easy to catch on to!