Post # 1
Has anyone tried bikram yoga to get fit and lean for their wedding?
I used to be an avid gym goer, than gave P90x a try, but struggled to stay committed with an at home workout. I have decided to pick up Bikram yoga, not only because its meant to be great for getting lean, but also excellent for stress relief which can come in handy with a high pressure job & planning a wedding from another country.
Just wondering if anyone has had any success with Bikram??
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I’ve done it and hated it.
I think the heat is a gimmick. If you have 90 spare minutes to work out, I think you’re much better off doing circuit training than this!
Post # 4
I have to say – everyone hates the first class! I am really enjoying it actually, just wondering if anyone has done it and had any successful weight loss/toning
Post # 5
Yes! Bikram is amazing! I’ve done it for about 2 years now (roughly 2x/week), and it’s helped keep me about 10 lbs trimmer than I was before. Plus it’s amazing for how I feel (working in front of computer most of the day). I did hardcore Bikram (every other day for 2 months) before I did b-pics, and again 1 month before the wedding, and the extra kick both times helped tone me up enormously.
It IS a time commitment, but when I do it 3-4x/week, I don’t go to the gym otherwise. So, I figure that it averages out to 45 min/day over an entire week…and that doesn’t make the time commitment on Bikram days quite so bad.
Post # 6
@KD2009 – thanks a lot for the feedback. I’ve been trying for 5-6 times per week and I’m hoping that gets me in good shape before my dress fitting, which is in 16 weeks. I don’t have the guts to do b-pics, but if this goes well I may re-think!
I haven’t done anything else at the gym – you think you can achieve a good figure with bikram alone?
Post # 7
I love Bikram. I am the type of person who needs someone telling her what to do, so going to a gym really wasn’t helping me, and I was completely unmotivated to do anything at home. Bikram is an excellent choice for people who want to tone and increase flexibility. You get as much out of it as you put in. Currently I go 4-5 (sometimes 6) times a week. I have been able to get off of my dumb migraine meds and I am an all around happier person. You will def HATE the heat your first class, its a given, but it makes you that much more appreciative of every little breeze you feel during class. some tips:
- hydrate WELL before class, you will not have many opportunities during class
- do not eat 3 hours before (I plan my meals around class times, for example if I have class et 4:30 I plan on finishing my lunch at 1:30, you can have fruit 1 hour before)
- listen to you body, this class is not for people who want a quick fix
- go at least 10 times in 30 days to get the full benefits
Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Post # 8
Thanks for the tips – I made the mistake on my first day of eating too close to class. I sometimes have fruit 2 hrs before, but that is the only food that I digest quick enough – otherwise it is definitely a 3 hr window!
Have you found you’ve lost weight or your appetite has changed at all?
Post # 9
I love Bikram! I go back and forth between Bikram and other yoga classes because the repetition gets to me after a while. It’s such a great workout!
Post # 10
My appetite has gone down. I do not eat as much as I did before (unless it is of mac and cheese, my kryptonite!) Because of a decreased appetite you will prob see some inital weight loss.
Post # 11
I hated the instructor – here’s how my first (and only) Bikram class went:
Me: struggling hard to get the pose right and not pass out
Instructor: “Girl in the purple shirt, you’re doing it wrong”
Me: who is wearing a purple shirt besides me? looking around
Instructor: “Purple shirt!” looking directly at me
Me: crud. I hate this. I want to die. Screw you lady. I am so not blissed out right now.
Luckily, the yoga studio had other “hot yoga” options, so I just moved to power flow classes in 105 degree heat and enjoyed it much more. And never went to another of that instructor’s classes ever again.
Moral of the story: if Bikram doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t mean all hot yoga sucks. If it does work for you, it’s a great workout!
Post # 12
I don’t do it, but want to try it. I have a friend that swears by it. She’s one of those lucky ladies that stays thin no matter what, so this is the only workout she does. She likes it because she says she can sweat out all her toxins, and she just feel healthier and more relaxed when she leaves. It’s also REALLY helped her flexibility because the heat allows your muscles to stretch further.
It’s definitely not a calorie-burning workout, but a great one for overall fitness balance, she says. I’m still scared to try, though, because I’m sensitive to heat, and I’m terrfied I’ll pass out or something.
Post # 13
My old roomie is a “hot yoga” instructor. 1st of all, it’s rediculous how flexible she is!
I tried a “warm yoga” class with her last week and loved doing it, but, It wasn’t challenging enough for me. I didn’t get much of a “whole body” workout, mostly legs, and it didn’t feel “warm enough.” it could have been MUCH hotter! Most of their hot yoga classes are 60 min. but they do have a few a week that are the full 90.
I can get a guest pass for a week unlimited for $20 but the cheapest you can get is $94/month for a full year contract. Otherwise it’s $16/class or $140+ a month. I’m tempted to do 6 months, but I’m 9 months out from the wedding, and the money I’d spend to add the extra 3 would give me a whole year… but $1000+ is expensive! Considering there is no treadmills or other things to benefit from too…
Post # 14
never done it but i LOVE yoga but i HATE being hot. so prob not for me. its a cool thought though. let us know if you decide to do it and what you think
Post # 15
@Miss Chapstick – I’m surprised you said its not a calorie burner – my heart rate is definitely up throughout most of the class! I once wore a heart rate monitor and it said I had burnt about 500 calories – they aren’t that accurate, but even give or take 100 cals, that is still pretty decent!
You definitely get used to the heat – I would recommend checking out a certified Bikram studio – it will be the required heat level & the class will be 90 mins. I don’t know much about the differences though with ‘hot’ yoga.
Finding everyone’s experiences very interesting – keep em coming!
Post # 16
It’s def. a calorie burner! My instructor ex-roomie sometimes burned over 1200 calories a day at work! lucky girl 🙂 When she started she had a really hard time trying to eat enough… lol