If you want to participate in the new fitness class Peak 10, you can go to California — or you can go to the Ogden Athletic Club.
Instructor Bitty Beus, the only instructor in Utah certified to teach Peak 10, said the eight-week program is different from any other class she’s taught. It “retrains your metabolism” by building up to 10 heart-rate peaks in one class.
“We start at doable and then build to where they didn’t know they could go,” said Beus. “When we are two or three weeks into it, I ask, ‘How many of you would have quit if we had done that the first day?’ Everyone raises their hand. ... It’s amazing what they’re capable of doing after the program.”
The three-day-a-week hourlong classes alternate between songs for cardio and songs for toning. The cardio songs have a short high-intensity peak and the toning songs use two sets of dumbbells. Class members are encouraged to use heavier weights as they get stronger.
“The class pushes your heart rate to a new level. It kicks your butt and although you go home tired, you have better energy the rest of the day because of the workout,” said Beus.
“In the way the workout runs, there is a method to the madness. The metabolic circuit starts over every five minutes, so it starts low, builds to an incredible heart-rate peak. ... There is a new circuit every five minutes. The least conditioned and the most conditioned are still losing fat after the class is over. This style of exercise and diet conditions the body to lose fat.”
Miranda Bailey of Layton is one of Peak 10’s success stories.
“The workout is fun, there are fun moves and the music is awesome,” she said. “It took me a year to lose 30 pounds, but in this class I lost 6 pounds in four weeks.”
A dietary element
Bailey said the recommended diet has been a big part of her weight loss. Participants are given a Peak 10 nutrition guide that emphasizes eating fewer calories than you burn, allowing for four meals and two snacks consisting of 30 percent protein, 50 percent carbohydrates and 20 percent fat.
Bailey said she has learned portion control, what foods are best for her body and how many calories she should eat.
Her mom, Karen Bailey of Layton, said the class and the diet have given her better results than anything else she’s tried.
“I’ve worked out and eaten well for eight years but have not lost anything. When I did this, it changed my metabolism so much. I lost 6 pounds during the class and 4 pounds after,” she said. “I thought I was eating well until I did this diet. It’s natural, clean eating.”
For the first time, the elder Bailey is noticing lean muscle in her back.
“We steer away from white bread and now when I eat it, I feel sick all night,” she said. “Once I’ve been on the diet and then eat things that are not on it, I feel bloated and ill.”
Jen Garcia of South Weber said she hasn’t been strict about the diet, but has still gotten great results from the class.
“I’m in the second session and have lost 15 pounds. I’ve gone from a size 16 to a size 11. The diet plan is less processed food. I haven’t incorporated the diet as much. I would have seen even more results,” she said.
Beus believes in the class because she’s seen results.
“Peak 10’s claim to fame is that it retrains your metabolism. The body functions at a different level, and you continue to lose weight after the class. I’ve been in the fitness industry a long time, so I was skeptical, but it went very well,” she said.
To get the best results, Beus said, you do need to do other workouts on your off days:
“Depending on your goals, you could do other cardio classes on off days or lift heavier weights if you want to build muscle,” she said.
Utah State University’s employee wellness specialist Dayna Barrett said Peak 10 isn’t the only workout that helps you burn extra calories.
“Telling people they can restructure their metabolism may be more for marketing the class. You can do the same thing in other classes,” Barrett said.
“It sounds a lot like high-intensity interval training. A lot of workouts do that. It makes it so that when you are done working out, you are burning more calories. It does affect your metabolism, but only for a short period of time after.”
Barrett said intense interval workouts can increase your resting metabolic rate for up to 24 hours after the workout.
She points out that you can structure you own high-intensity intervals by alternating high-intensity exercises with moderate-intensity exercises at a two to one ratio. For example, you could do 30 to 40 seconds of hard sprinting, followed by 15 to 20 seconds of jogging.
WANT TO TRY IT?
Those who want to try Peak 10 can sign up for a four-week mini class at 6 a.m. Nov. 26-Dec. 22 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Ogden Athletic Club, 1221 E. 5800 South, South Ogden.
It costs $99 for members or $129 for nonmembers.
Next year, the full eight-week program will be offered in the morning and evening at the club.
Peak 10’s website, www.getpeak10.com, sells four Peak 10 DVDs for $19.99 each.