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What Is Epic Hybrid Training?

This Is the Only Group Fitness Class That Actually Kept Its Promise and Changed My Body

I've been in the fitness world for a long, long time. I started doing yoga regularly when I was 18 years old and have been teaching for almost six years. On top of that, I've been a trainer in various settings and have taught movement and wellness at retreats around the world.

My back looked leaner, my arms were more cut, and I could see a little more definition in my abs.

Over the years, I've done and taught my fair share of group fitness classes. However, I've been a bit disenchanted with the world of group fitness lately because it's hard to find a comprehensive program that hits all the targets: strength, conditioning, agility, coordination, skill-based training, and mobility. But that all changed when I found the Epic Hybrid Training Center.

Epic is a HIIT circuit facility that's loosely based on obstacle course race training. You'll do everything from bodyweight plyometric movements to kettlebell strength work and skill-based training, such as monkey bars or rings. And the best part is there are modifications for each and every exercise, so Epic is appropriate for all levels. Whether you're a total beginner or a professional athlete, you will work up a major sweat at Epic and feel accomplished when you leave.

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When I started doing Epic regularly, I saw a change in my body within a month. My back looked leaner (to the point where people kept complimenting me on it!), my arms were more cut, and I could see a little more definition in my abs. Epic is the only group fitness class that leaves my abs sore regularly because its programming focuses heavily on core strength. Almost every move you do derives from your core, so you're forced to strengthen your abs with every movement. But you'll also work every other part of your body, leaving you more toned and stronger than before.

Whether you're a total beginner or a professional athlete, you will work up a major sweat at Epic and feel accomplished when you leave.

In the past, I've attended other group fitness facilities regularly and hoped that they would offer me what they promised — to lose weight, get cut abs, etc. But in the long run, most of them let me down because the program was either too injury-prone or just not functional enough long-term. Epic kept its promises to me, though. I've never had an injury, and I've only gotten stronger.

There are multiple Epic locations around the country, and if you live near one, I highly recommend you go give it a try. I fell in love with the variety of the program and how challenged I feel every time I go. I never thought I would be able to travel across monkey bars for a full 60 seconds, but now I can — and it feels incredible! My next goal is to do multiple rope climbs in a row. No matter what, keep in mind that there are modifications for everything, so if a movement looks impossible or difficult, there is a variation that you can certainly do.

I ended up loving Epic so much that I'm now an instructor there. I feel so lucky to be part of a team that is committed to high performance and functional fitness. Come see what the hype is all about!

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