Blythe Family Fitness offers a variety of classes for exercise opportunities in Pratt.
For those interested in burning calories and getting in shape Blythe Family Fitness has several classes going on right now that include spin, HIIT, and several yoga options.
Ashley Austin, front desk manager, personal trainer and fitness instructor, said she is teaching HIIT, which stands for high intensity interval training, as well as yoga for people of all ages and all different fitness levels.
“I had begun by taking yoga classes from previous instructors and really started to love it so I wanted to share what I have learned to my friends and community,” Austin said. “My classes started off as a beginner’s class which focused on all just a little bit of everything, from light HIIT work, bands and stretching. After doing that for a while I wanted to do more, so that’s when I decided to teach two different classes.”
Austin, who has been with Blythe since 2011, said that her goal is to help inspire people to be better in every way.
“To take care of their bodies, to live a healthier lifestyle and have a healthier mind,” Austin said. “I hope for them to gain the confidence and the motivation to want to workout and to enjoy being their best self.”
Yoga classes are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 6 a.m., Monday and Wednesday at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m., and Wednesday at 12 noon. HIIT is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:15 a.m..
Along with the HIIT and yoga classes, a spin class, taught by James Brambach, a spin instructor and former indirect-fire infantry man in the military.
“Spin class is a class where you ride on a stationary bicycle, listening to a mix of music doing a range of exercises from fast sprints to a slow heavy resistance,” Brambach said. “We even have incorporated dumbbells to give your arms a little extra burn.”
Brambach said spin is good because it is considered low impact cardio but it can burn more calories than other cardio exercises like running.
While Brambach has had participants of all ages join spin class, he said that he first began taking the class when he was in the military.
“I know how much it can help when you put work into it— I also love doing it because you feel good after your done like a new person feeling,” Brambach said. “I started teaching the class December of 2017 after the previous spin instructor asked me to take over due to her moving. I was hesitant at first not knowing what everyone would think of me taking over. They didn’t seem to mind and the class is very supportive. One thing that I love about this class is there are no judgements.”
Brambach said that one of his main goals in teaching the class is to help people find new exercises that they like doing so they can set their own fitness goals.
Spin classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 a.m. and Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The first 30 minutes are spin and the last 30 minutes are for circuits.