Feeling the Burn Without the Heat

Posted on 29 Aug, 2019

The Arizona summers are a force that not even the most seasoned athletes can compete against. And if you’re thinking to yourself, ‘hot yoga is life, I am a goddess of the sun’ remember that overheating is a serious health risk that should be avoided at all costs. Luckily, Avance has plenty of ways to help you get your shred on without attempting to brave the unforgiving heat. Whether you’re looking for cardio, high intensity training, yoga or strength conditioning, The Lookout gives you all the exercise equipment you’ll need for a well-rounded summer fitness plan. If you’re ready to sweat, look to these workouts for a total body burn in 30 minutes or less and save the rest of your time for cooling down by the pool.

 Cardio & HIIT

Long distance and trail runners need not to despair during the hottest months of the year. Simply rethink your relationship with the treadmill and what it can do for your performance. From sprints to intervals to incline work, you can get a truly dynamic cardio session in just 30 minutes that will help you burn fat all day long. And at The Lookout, you’ll still get to enjoy a run with scenic views of the great outdoors and panoramas of Downtown Phoenix. Click here to give a full blown 30-minute fat-burning treadmill workout a try. If this is your first time doing a dynamic treadmill workout, remember to really go for it during the “push speeds” for interval training and feel free to take your typical speed down a few notches during the incline training.

If you’re looking for something totally fresh to add to your cardio routine, high intensity interval training (aka HIIT) is a good place to start. This heart pumping technique is all about powerful burst movements in the form of Tabata intervals—20 seconds of max effort work followed by 10 seconds of rest. The best part? HIIT lets you get a full body workout in only 15 to 20 minutes! If it’s your first time, click here for a 20-minute indoor HIIT workout using only bodyweight. Once you’re ready to kick it up a notch, you can find plenty of HIIT workouts that incorporate free weights and kettlebells. 

Yoga & Strength Conditioning   

When you need a break from high intensity workouts but still want to burn some fat, yoga is a fantastic supplement. Not only does it give your muscles a chance to stretch and recover, it can also be an effective way to increase your strength at the same time. Power Yoga is a mixture of strength training and stretching that your body will be thanking you for long after you’ve left the gym. You’ll get the benefits of slow mindful movements while still feeling challenged in ways that typical weightlifting can’t achieve on its own. Again, this is another category where you can use just body weight and still get a sufficient workout or add some dumbbells to kick it to the next level. If you’re ready to give it a shot, click here and head to The Lookout for a 20-minute power yoga session.

When done right, indoor exercises will keep you cool, on track and even reinvent the way you exercise. And now that you’ve gotten a taste of what these routines can do for your fitness, The Lookout can help you keep up the progress with Wellbeats virtual fitness classes. With a wide variety of classes to choose from, you can enjoy all the categories we covered here and so much more. Fun options like kick boxing and Zumba keep your routine from getting too repetitive, and class times ranging from 20 minutes to 55 minutes means you’ll always have time to squeeze in a workout. Just head indoors, press play and get ready to feel the burn.