◊ THE CLASS: Row ◊
WHAT YOU NEED
Hive Fit Co is a small studio snuggled into the middle of Downtown Edmonton, overlooking Jasper Avenue. Let us be real with you guys for a moment; this place has the aesthetics of our dreams. Wood, cement, white, gold – we’ll try to keep our interior design preferences aside, but we loved it as soon as we stepped foot in the door. The staff are incredibly welcoming and informative about the studio, the location is bananas perfect and we instantly felt like we fit in here. They provide classes that cater to a variety of tastes and they’re a big contributor to Edmonton’s booming fitness community in that they’re the only studios that offer rowing classes – and they know it. The class line-up includes Row, Spin and Yoga, and the majority of the classes are intense and not for the faint of heart. They will challenge you and they will work you, and the vibe full of fit hotties reflects that. The staff recommended we come back and try a Spin & Restorative Yoga combo of two classes, or if we’re feeling really ambitious, Row & Flow. GOALS.
We’re super into the location of Hive Fit Co. Right in the Center of downtown Edmonton, this studio is located on the corner of our favorite downtown street (104 St) above Corso32, a chic Italian eatery that has us salivating for tagliatelle. This means that after a session, you can head down the road and grab a coffee at Credo (our personal favorite), grab a drink at Mercer Tavern, or get a bite to eat at Blue Plate Diner – some of Edmonton’s best! The only times street parking is not free is during weekday daytime and Saturday classes. Before 9 am and after 6 pm, street parking is free downtown Edmonton. We were able to snag street parking on 104th for a dollar an hour (jealous, Toronto?). There is also an Impark right behind the studio that is $3 after 6 pm and on weekends if street parking ain’t happening. The studio is also across the street from the LRT’s Bay Enterprise Station and there are multiple bus routes that stop along Jasper Avenue.
The class schedule at Hive Fit Co varies quite a bit from day to day. Mondays are the leanest (usually 2 classes mid-morning), there are 7-8 classes from 6am to ~9pm on Tuesdays through Thursdays, Friday’s have fewer class options, and weekends mornings have 4 classes back-to-back starting at 9am. There’s also a lovely Revive and Restore Yoga class on Sunday nights at 7pm which is a great way to end the week. Making up that schedule are the Row, Spin, and Yoga classes that Hive is specializing in. The Row classes include three different versions; Row, Endurance Row and Row & Flow. Row offers killer full-body variety with rowing and body weight exercises off the machines, while Endurance Row is high intensity cardio on the row machines the entire time, and Row & Flow is a half n’ half class of 30 minutes of high intensity rowing followed by 30 minutes of a yoga flow class. Spin classes are all one style and are 45-minutes of ride together, music focused, intense cardio. And finally, the Yoga classes include two styles; Flex & Flow, a unique take on a traditional flow class that incorporates weights for additional strength training, and Revive and Restore, pretty much the only non-intense class on their roster that focuses on slowing down and stretching deep into your muscles in a hot candlelit room. This would be a great beginner class, but may be the only one.
Class prices at Hive are pretty comparable to other studios we’ve been to in YEG thus far, even across the different categories like yoga and spin. The discounts aren’t as steep as you commit to more classes, especially compared to Yoga Central for example, but $20 seems to be the benchmark drop-in rate in YEG. Considering the equipment used in the spin and rowing classes, in particular, and the level of intensity of the class, we think this is pretty great value for your hard earned dollas. Memberships don’t appear to include a whole lot of extras though, other than access to 7 classes a week and they only really make sense if attending class more than 3 times a week, which is a pretty substantial commitment. If you’re willing to commit longer, the auto-renewal membership is the best bang for your buck, dropping per class rates to less than $13.50 if attending 3 times a week. if that’s not realistic, and 1-2 classes is more your jam, then stick with class passes.
- Drop-in: $20
- 5 Class Pass: $90 ($19 pc)
- 10 Class Pass: $170 ($17 pc)
- 20 Class Pass: $320 ($16 pc)
- 1 Month Membership: $200
- 3 Month Membership: $500
- Auto Renewal Membership: $160
- Students receive a discount
So, as mentioned, we are OBSESSED with the design aesthetic of the studio. Overall, it’s clean and industrial. Side note because it’s at the top of our mind…the large room for Yoga and Row has the most flattering mirrors we’ve ever had the privilege of standing in front of, seriously. You will feel tall and slim and strong. Trust us on this. I don’t know why that’s important but it is, guys, it is.
When entering the studio from street level, you go up a flight of stairs into the lobby area. It’s beautifully set up and quite simple. There’s space for you to leave your outdoor shoes at the top of the stairs, and to the right of the reception area is the rowing & yoga room. Large and industrial, this room provided plenty of space for us to be able to perform multiple exercises both on the water rowers and our yoga mats. The water-rowers are truly beautiful beasts. Unlike gym rowers, the water rower uses water resistance to give the feeling of rowing out on the water – cool, no? The equipment aside, we would love to come back and see the candlelight yoga in this space, becasue it would be beautiful. There’s also a lot of space for a full class in this room. With about 20 of us in our class, nobody was on top of each other even though we were moving around a lot. Behind the reception area is a gorgeous sitting area, and lockers with locks for everyone. Off to the right side of the sitting area is the spin room. We loved that we could hear music and hard work pumping out that door. The change rooms are in the back, men’s on the left and women’s on the right and the women’s especially is equipped with everything you could possibly need to get full ready for work etc. after a class. Lastly is what I consider the crown jewel: there’s a huge “TOGETHER WE SWEAT” tile mural which just made everything come together in the space.
- All class equipment provided for each class type (mats, bands, towels, even shoes for spin)
- Water available for purchase
- Locks included
- The women’s change room has 3 showers, 2 sinks and two washroom stalls. The men’s has two showers, one washroom stall. Both have some complimentary product (shampoo, etc.) and the women’s room also has hair dryers, hair ties, bobby pins and razors.
- Shop that features Hive Fit Co. clothing which is truly just as cool as the space itself. We’re coming back for one of those hats, for realz.
Bre Baker is the lady with the vision. Hive Fit Co is just over a year old, and we got a bit of a story about it’s beginning. Bre worked at Lululemon, and had a dream to start something that encourages, inspires and empowers every single person who walks through the doors. We found out that lots of the staff are also Lululemon educators, and as Bre’s dream became real, it also became the home away from home for this tight-knit group. We learned that the entire group wanted to support Bre and her vision – and they pretty much all followed her along to be instructors, employees, or just avid class attendees. Girl, you’re crushing it.
“I’m like Jillian Michaels but cuter”
Abbey started in January, and man are we glad she did! Just like us, when Abbey started, she was new to row. She’s a busy bee; personal trainer, Educator at Lululemon West Edmonton, and when at Hive, she teaches Row and Endurance Row. Our favourite thing about Abbey is how truly motivational she is. She has an infectious smile and told us secretly after class that she loves seeing people get angry at her – she’s here to kick your butt and if you’re angry with her, she’s winning (preach, Abbey!). Abbey gave a really great crash course on rowing when we arrived (we are rowing newbies and needed a lot of help), so she set us up to be the rowing pros we were born to be. We also noticed that Abbey spent time moving around the room and cheering on the class individually, which was a nice touch. Lastly, the music selection was ON POINT with some old school hip-hop to keep us motivated and pushing through.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
WAY HARD | HARD | MIDDLE OF THE ROADSIES | CHILL | HELLA CHILL
We’re rating this class way hard, which is exactly what we expected. I mean, what even is rowing? (My legs, glutes, shoulders and core are currently screaming, guys). Hive offers the first of their kind in Edmonton, rowing classes that are 45-minutes in length, and have been designed to push you to your limits, using a total of 87% of your muscle mass with every single stroke. Unmistakably high intensity, rowing is also low impact, and produces full body results so it’s a great alternative for those with joint issues or are unable to perform weight-bearing exercises like running or jumping.
The class started out by getting warmed up and rowing it out on the water rower. We thought it was clever that the class broke down sections of the mantra that Abbey chanted to us the whole time: legs – core – arms – arms – core – legs. During the first row set we began isolating the movements, this time using arms only and keeping the legs strong and stable. After this we got off the rower and did a small arm workout: planks, tricep push-ups, bicep curls and shoulder press (accompanied by pulsing for days). For round two we were back on the rower, and this time isolated legs, then it was back off the rower for a leg (and booty) burn which included lunges, squats and lots of pulsing. For the third and last blast on the rower we did a nice long sprint with a lot of cheering from the class and Abbey alike. After the last turn on the rower it was time to jump back onto our mats and work on our cores with some v-ups, Russian twists and yes… pain. After all of this, we didn’t really know if we’d be able to stand, but Abbey led us through a nice round of stretches to cool us down.
While we have this rated as way hard, the class was completely doable for someone just starting out, with Abbey offering up a few variation for the less experienced rower. The crowd here definitely leans towards the young fit type, but we saw a variety of fitness levels, ages and genders in the room. Not to mention, everyone was slaying on this gorgeous Saturday. We’re pretty obsessed with Hive. We’ll be back.
To try this class or anything else on their schedule, see Hive Fit’s contact info below.
Hive Fit Co. Web: www.hivefitco.ca E-mail:email@example.com PHONE: 780.428.8180 Instagram | Facebook