This past Monday, I stepped foot inside VO2 MultiSport for the first time. To me, this is a hidden gem in St Matthews, although I have a feeling that serious tri-athletes, marathoners, and swimmers already know all about it. There’s a great retail store in the front when you first come in, but what makes this facility special is the training room in the back.
I was there for a free Yoga for Athletes class offered Mondays from 6:30-7:30 PM taught by Dana Skrodzki.*
It makes sense that VO2 offers a yoga class being that their motto is:
VO2 specializes in the three areas of multisport, with one mission – to help athletes get the most out of every breath. TRAIN HARD. BREATHE EASY.
We yogis are all about the breath!
The space is not your typical yoga studio with bright lights and sunshine and incense burning. It’s an old garage/warehouse that they’ve spruced up that mostly serves as a cycling practice room. It was dark, edgy, manly – and I loved it.
There appeared to be some regulars – athletes who are spending 90% of their time cycling or running who want to balance out their rigorous training with some stretching and strengthening. Dana took us through some great balance poses, hip openers, lots of planks (ouch!!), and some great shoulder girdle strengthening exercises. The vibe was casual and fun, the music was upbeat, and Dana was a riot.
It’s a great yoga class if you’re not interested in all the “Oming and chanting” you might associate with other yoga classes (although not all yoga classes are like that). If you’re interested in checking out a class, give them a call or email them to secure a spot in class – they can only fit a limited amount of yoga mats in there!
Hope to see you Sunday morning (my last $5 class!) or Monday night (it’s FREE people!)
[photos taken from VO2 MultiSport's Facebook Page]
*Sarah Ayers has also regularly taught the class but is currently tending to other obligations in life; she is still given credit on their homepage.