FUBAR @ Sirens and Titans

Sirens and Titans

Class: FUBAR (stands for “F-ed up beyond all recognition”)

Location: Westwood

Work-out: Versa climber

Difficulty: 4.5

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 30 min

Sweat Level💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Street parking

Amenities: Lockers, towels, filtered water

Requirements for class: sneakers

With a class titled FUBAR, you pretty much know you’re signing yourself up for a tough workout. But luckily, it’s only 30 minutes of pain and then you’re done! I’ve done versa climber workouts before (at Rise Nation), and it was hard. Admittedly, I’ve only been to Rise twice since cardio is not exactly my thing. This class is a little different from Rise because you do three rounds of intervals with breaks in between and you’re allowed to step off. The climbers themselves are also slightly different than Rise – I do find the grips to be a bit more comfortable.

The class started with 8 sets of 20 second sprints followed by 10 second breaks on the machine, lasting 4 minutes total. Then, you’re allowed to step down for a few minutes and the instructor goes around the room to ask everyone how many meters they’ve climbed. The next set consists of 45 second sprints followed by 30 seconds of rest in between, with a few min. off the machine. Again, you announce how many meters you’ve climbed. The third set consists of 90 second sprints with longer breaks and the last sprint of the third set is 2 minutes. You announce your meters and finally end with a last round of 2 min. of 20 second sprints with 10 second breaks (half of the first round). Your goal is to beat half the meters you got in round 1. The announcing of the meters keeps you accountable to keep pushing yourself. 600 in any round is considered impressive. I definitely liked this class more than traditional running cardio because there were personal goals to beat. It was tough but doable!

Level A1 @ Rise Nation

Rise Nation

Class: Level A1

Location: West Hollywood

Work-out: Versa Climber

Difficulty: Level 4

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 30 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Lot next to studio (when I went I was not charged to park, but from reading others’ experiences, it seems like the lot generally charges).

Amenities: Towels, Alkaline Water Fountain and Juice Bar/Cafe on deck outside the studio

Requirements for class: Bring water bottle and sneakers are preferable (though if you forget and only have socks, that’s not a deal breaker)

This was my first time ever using a versa climber (thanks to Marino Wellness for introducing me to the experience), and the first 15 minutes are KILLER. This workout supposedly burns about twice as many calories per min as a spin class (hence, why it’s only 30 minutes, which is way more than enough). The class is mostly cardio-based, and you are on this machine moving both arms and legs to “climb” for the entire time.  General consensus from my class was that everyone thought they were going to pass out for the first 15 minutes, and then your body adjusts to it and the second half is not as bad.

The energy of the instructor I had, Adam, was great. He definitely kept everyone motivated. The ceiling of the studio is also incredibly cool (as pictured above), and the best part is that the studio opens up to a rooftop deck which houses a juice bar and cafe so you can go reenergize afterwards. It was a unique and challenging experience, and I will definitely be back!