Cardio #5: Pick up the Weights and the Heart Rates!

Betsy Hoyt

Patron Saint: 
St. Teresa of Avila
Physical Focus: 
Whole Body
Class Length: 
15 - 30 min
Spiritual Focus: 

Are you a weight-lover? (The kind of weights you hold in your hand, of course!) This 29-minute cardio, non-traditional Pietra Fitness class features weights, upbeat music reminiscent of the 80’s, and quick movements to raise your heart rate. You will work out your whole body as you move through exercises both standing and supine, including a variety of squats, lunges, hang cleans, bench presses, deadlifts, deadrows, crunches, hip-bridges, and more. You will cool down as you swiftly move through rock pose, a quad stretch, a bit of twisting, and some angel arms to lower the heart rate. For this workout, you will need a mat, water, weights of some sort (can use dumbbells, soup cans, filled water bottles/jugs, etc.), and shoes to protect your feet. This class begins and ends with a quick prayer and is dedicated to St. Teresa of Avila. Because this is not a traditional Pietra Fitness workout of stretching and strengthening, you may like to follow it up with a Gentle Pietra Fitness class to stretch and relax all those muscles you worked here!