A new Southside fitness studio aims to provide efficient, effective and accessible workouts to people of all ages.
Entrepreneurs Kyle House and Kyle Miller opened Kyle House Fitness about three weeks ago with the vision of empowering customers.
Each weekday is broken down into specific body groupings to ensure you hit all the right muscles to look good and feel good.
Monday: Upper body
Tuesday: Lower body
Wednesday: Arms and range of motion
Friday and Saturday: Full body
Source: Kyle Miller
House is a former collegiate cheerleader who has developed a new workout style called HIIPfit, which stands for high-intensity interval programming.
The programming incorporates a combination of cardio, weight training and yoga-centric movements in one class, ensuring a balanced approach to working out.
"I tried to find a way to fit everything into one specific format," House said.
Class participants rotate between using a treadmill and doing weight training exercises that incorporate yoga poses.
A 60-minute class offers the benefits of cardio, which is good for heart health and calorie burning; weight training, which builds muscles (and more lean muscle means more calories burned throughout the day); and yoga, which creates flexibility and mobility.
A lot of people make time for a run or do a daily yoga session; maybe they focus on weightlifting, the duo said.
But it can be a challenge to get all the components that play a part in how the body both looks and feels, they said.
"When your workout goes back and forth between high- and low-intensity movements, it provides varying changes in heart rate, leading to improved anaerobic and aerobic fitness," House said. "This is what helps you burn more fat in less time. We want to put equal emphasis on feeling good and looking good. No one should have to choose between the two, because, let's face it, we all want to look our best and feel our best."
The duo has designed the studio experience to help motivate participants.
The lights are dimmed during class, which Miller likens to an Instagram filter. This casts a flattering light on the class members.
And then there's the music.
The music is mixed at 130–140 beats per minute, which is one of the best paces to train the body, Miller said.
If you're tired when you move to the treadmill, that music is going to help you rally, they said.
In addition to investing in a quality sound system, the owners also got a lease deal on some of the equipment, which is tailored to the style of workout offered. For example, the treadmills have the ability to increase speed and incline quickly, as opposed to pushing a button over and over to get to the preferred speed or incline. That makes rotating from one exercise to another easier.
They also have multiuse platforms that can be used in an array of activities.
Clients range in age from about 19 to 64, Miller said.
And he emphasized that each individual is in charge of their workout. The trainers will guide participants through the rotations and provide motivation, but all levels of fitness can do the class.
"The workout is up to you," Miller said. "We are here to empower you, coach you and give you all the tools you need—and then you decide. We aren't going to tell you what speed to go [on the treadmill]. You run, you jog, you walk—everybody works out at different levels. It's like personal training when you want it. You're in a group setting but getting individual attention."
And for those who aren't keen on the group setting, the fitness studio also offers small classes and individual training in weights and yoga.
The duo self-funded the business and spent about two years traveling to other cities, such as Chicago and Atlanta, to take note of trends and customer needs. They also looked at about 18 locations before landing on their 525 W. Main St. location.
The 2,300-square-foot studio is behind T-Bone's and has plenty of free parking.
There are also shower facilities with toiletries and towels available.
The duo said they work to make sure customers have all the information about classes and costs upfront.
"We never want to make this about sales or membership," Miller said. "We want to find what people need and provide them with a resource ... We want to be upfront because this is something that should be accessible to everybody at every level."