Taking My Workout to New Heights

A few times a year I like to get out of town and explore what other cities are doing in terms of health and fitness. I love finding unique boutique studios and trying new workouts that we may not have in San Antonio. For my first trip of the year, I headed to Dallas to check out what the “Big D” had to offer. I hit one of my favorites, Barry’s Bootcamp checked out the cycle classes at Flywheel, and got my ass kicked during an intense HIIT class at BURN. But the one I was most curious about was District Climb (DC), a VersaClimber studio that had me sweating and climbing to pulsating beats, and took my workout to new heights—literally.

DC is located in a trendy, cool, and energized multi-use development in the heart of Uptown Dallas that is also home to studios like Soul Cycle and Barry’s. From the moment I walked in, I could feel the good vibes! The energetic instructor, Colin Korsmo showed me around the studio and walked us through the setup of the VersaClimber---the driving force behind this intense workout. According to the DC website, the VersaClimber offers a full body, low impact workout using only your own momentum---the machine offers no assistance. It is guaranteed to burn some serious calories in a short amount of time—only 30 minutes to be exact.

I was a little nervous as I stepped onto the VersaClimbers, but Colin cranked up the Whitney Houston and knew I was in for some fun! It took me a few minutes to understand that the workout was based on the vertical movements of our arms and legs---the further I pulled them apart the harder it became. Shortening the distance simulated quickly running up a flight of steps. But I soon found my rhythm and as the overhead lights danced to the beat of the music—so did I! Within a few minutes I was feeling the burn in my glutes, hamstrings, calves, shoulders and forearms (I felt it the next day too!).

Colin kept me on my toes by instructing me to alternate the distance between my arms and legs, change up the speed, and switch the grip of my hands and position of my hips. The class was amazing, and the 30 minutes flew by thanks to Colin, who kept me motivated and sweating (or maybe those were tears), with his great personality and creative choreography.

If you’re in Dallas I “highly” recommend DC. They offer three types of classes: one for beginners, one advanced and one that focuses on intervals . Not only will your body benefit from trying something new, but I guarantee you’ll have a really fun time doing it. Check out our boy Colin-- he’ll have you dancing on the VersaClimber in no time too!


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