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Ever since I moved to Charlotte (heck, since I came up here to look for an apartment), Kath and Emily have been asking me to come to 6:30 AM hot yoga.  I think I said no a dozen times before I finally caved.  Kath’s description of the musical selection (“California Gurls”!) convinced me to give it a try.


Waking up at 5:30 AM is not normal for me – I usually rise around 7 AM on the weekdays and 8 or 9 on the weekends.  It was a struggle to get out of bed, but it the end… it was worth it.  Morning workouts always are, huh?

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Me, Kath, Emily, and Diana.


Before leaving, I had two slices of Honey Whole Wheat with PB.  Plus a peach!


And then I hightailed it to yoga to experience the lovely teaching of Tanner, who’s famous for playing pop music in the middle of class and looking dead sexy while doing it. 


This 60-minute class was SO different than the 80-minute class at Orlando Power Yoga, the studio were I “learned” hot yoga. 


  • OPY focuses heavily on breathing.  Tanner focuses on playing awesome music.  Not sure which I prefer.
  • OPY includes a 10-minute ab workout, which I liked.
  • Tanner focused on balance moves.  I’m a crappy balancer, but it’s good to work on my ‘bad’ poses!
  • Tanner folds a lovely lavender-scented towel over your face at the end of class.  OPY reads you an inspirational passage from a book.  Lavender towel wins.
  • Tanner touches, OPY talks about looking good for bikini season.  Touches are far superior.
  • OPY is way harder physically. 


You set up all these ‘expectations’ once you get used to a certain studio.  It was fun to try something new!


Are you really attached to one yoga/spin/aerobics/body pump class, teacher, or studio or do you like to mix it up?



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 26, 2010, 8:56 am

    I sooo want to do hot yoga!!
    I’m addicted to the same workout DVDs but that’s only cos I can’t afford any different ones 😛 If I had a gym near me, I’m sure I’d be addicted to one class too :p

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 26, 2010, 8:57 am

    I am definitely all for morning workouts!! Some people say they just can’t get up early but my body has sort of become programmed to do it (which is sometimes a little annoying when I can’t sleep in on my day off!!) I like to mix up my classes once in a while, but I have a few favourite instructors, so I make an effort to go to their classes – usually because I know they’ll be hard! I do like going into a completely new one once in a while though, just to keep things interesting.
    Oh and PS. CONGRATULATIONS on the book!! I’m so happy for you! 🙂

    • Rob Dyess July 26, 2010, 10:33 am

      Right there with you…. if I don’t get up in the morning, it is just NOT going to get done. Earlier the better.


  • Katie (Sweet Tater) July 26, 2010, 9:01 am

    i loooove y2yoga (and tanner’s teaching style, especially)! i was all geared up to go this morning but i have a cold. boooo. i can’t imagine a class that’s more physically challenging. i would DIE. do you think you’ll pair yoga with your marathon training? if so, i’ll go with you any time. 🙂

    • Caitlin July 26, 2010, 9:02 am

      Yes definitely… help keep my leggies from getting sore.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) July 26, 2010, 9:06 am

    I’m looking for a yoga/pilates studio to fall in love with, but haven’t been able to find any studios up at the lake- BOO.

    Hot yoga at Yoga One in Plaza Midwood used to kick my butt when I lived down there 🙂

  • Becky July 26, 2010, 9:06 am

    I know what you mean about variability in yoga classes. I took 2 years of yoga from a teacher I loved before moving to a new city and a new studio. My new studio is like a whole new practice! I love it even more than the other one, and it is much more physically demanding. One of the best things about yoga, at least in my opinion, is that there is a style & a teacher for everyone!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal July 26, 2010, 9:09 am

    I wish we had a yoga studio around here! For now I just have the yogadownload – which is a fine substitute for now 🙂
    Glad you had a good time!

  • Nicole July 26, 2010, 9:10 am

    I’m at huge Y2/Tanner fan, but that 6:30am class is brutal!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 26, 2010, 9:10 am

    I love yoga. I honestly think that everyone should incorporate it into their workout. Not just for the physical strength and stretching aspects but for the mental clarity and the breathing as well.

    I think the world would be a better place if everyone practiced yoga.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 26, 2010, 9:11 am

    There’s a hot yoga studio in Seattle that I LOVED. I’ve yet to find another that compares!

    AM workouts are always so refreshing! Glad you liked this one!

  • Stacey July 26, 2010, 9:12 am

    About 6 years ago I designated Wednesdays as pilates and yoga day. I took 60min ofpilates followed by 60min of yoga and it was amazing. I had a superb teacher. (And rockin mid-section!) After she left I continued Pilates and Yoga for a while, but the new instructors were never as awesome as Cathy was. I’ve gone through waves since then where I take classes for a while, but they always suck because Cathy was so great. It makes it hard to stick with it. Today I actually did a 20min Pilates ab DVD when I got home from lifting and running and it kicked my butt! I haven’t taken Pilates in about 8months due to the craziness of Triathlon and MS150 training. I forgot how amazing it was!

  • The Hot and Fit July 26, 2010, 9:12 am

    I am reaaaaaaaaly trying hard to get into Yoga. I am doing it at home but I have never done hot yoga before!! I really want to try it!

  • Megan July 26, 2010, 9:15 am

    I am definitely tied to my favorite yogi, Judy. She is really where I got started, and now we know each other well enough, that she knows how to challenge me in a class, even if she is providing lots of modifications for others. Still, at least once a week I try to go to another instructor for Pilates or Yoga to keep it fresh and me trying new things 🙂

  • Kath July 26, 2010, 9:17 am

    I think 60 vs 80 minutes is the physicality difference. You should try Super Flow next and then compare 🙂

    • Tanner July 26, 2010, 1:53 pm

      Super flow is the hardest on the schedule but in general a 90 minute class will always trump a 60 minute class in terms of difficulty. Kath did she just say that my class is easy? wtf? lol :o)

      • Kath July 26, 2010, 1:55 pm

        Haha. A little bit! Better work her harder next time 😉

      • Caitlin July 26, 2010, 3:28 pm

        Oh god now Tanner is going to crush my soul next time!!! I said you were cute, please be nice to me.

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 26, 2010, 9:20 am

    i think i’m the only blogger who has never done yoga before!! if y2yoga is worth trying, i might hit it up before i head back to school in august 🙂
    i’m really attached to one of the old fitness instructors at the rec on campus. i think he used to be in the military, because he darn sure acts like it. he teaches ab lab, a quick 25 minute core class. it feels like its an hour long!!! but he makes it fun as well as challenging, and we laugh a lot 🙂

  • lisasfoods July 26, 2010, 9:21 am

    I haven’t gotten into any particular classes for a few years. I was attending some Pilates and dance classes earlier this summer, but running and walks took over; maybe when the weather cools down in the winter I’ll be more likely to hunt around for a yoga or Pilates class. Or Zumba!

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 26, 2010, 9:24 am

    I thought I did not like group classes … until this very week-end. I tried a high aerobic/abs class and loved it! It was way more intense than my usual work out, and I am SORE … in a good way. I’ll definitely go back!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 26, 2010, 9:25 am

    I did a hot yoga class once and aside from shedding my weight in sweat, I felt so energized. I can see how that’d be great first thing in the morning. However. I could not get up at 5 to go. Getting up at 6 for work is hard enough.

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 26, 2010, 9:26 am

    I don’t go to classes, but I do like to switch up my workouts.

    Morning workouts are SO worth it — but I have to remind myself of that when my alarm goes off at 5am!

  • Heather July 26, 2010, 9:27 am

    i dont really take classes so I have nothing to base it on, but it sounds fun!

  • Shutupandrun July 26, 2010, 9:28 am

    Not sure how I’d like yoga to jazzy music. I started Bikram about a year ago and like to alternate that with my regular vinyassa at the gym. Each class can be so different dependent on the instructor and the type of yoga. I like the variety…

  • Brynne July 26, 2010, 9:30 am

    I’ve been itching to try hot yoga for soo long but I’m scared! When I had my 30 days for $30 at a new yoga studio nearby I went to one teacher’s vinyasa flow every week – absolutely love her. Too bad it ran out and paying for monthly yoga + gym is not in the budget 🙁 Wish I could try Tanner’s class since he’s so legendary!

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health July 26, 2010, 9:33 am

    I just started doing yoga a few months ago, so I’m not yet attached to any one type of class. I’m more in the “experimenting” phase, I guess you could say. In fact, I’ve yet to try hot yoga! I really want to…

    I would say, though, that I’m more attached to yoga and pilates classes than others. They just fit my personality more, I guess?

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run July 26, 2010, 9:37 am

    I’ve tried yoga and Bikram Yoga at quite a few places, so I always compare them. I didn’t realize how different hot yoga and Bikram Yoga are until I tried Bikram. It’s crazy. I guess like anything else that involves a teacher, it always depends on what you prefer and what works best for you, but I think it’s human nature to compare.

    the lavender towel sounds amazing!

  • Wei-Wei July 26, 2010, 9:38 am

    Ah, yoga looks like so much fun! Lavendar scented towels are a nice touch. 😉 Tanner’s cute, too 😀

    Wei Wei

  • Daniel July 26, 2010, 9:38 am

    Yoga is still kind of intimidating for me. I don’t want to rush into it and hurt myself but I also like to feel as if I did something semi-intense right away in the morning. (I’m not saying yoga isn’t intense by any means). I’ll try to find a beginners guide and give it a try; it looks like you had a lot of fun 😀

  • AngelaOSG July 26, 2010, 9:40 am

    Loved this quote ‘Morning workouts always are, huh?’

    hah such a good description!

    Interesting comparisons about the yoga classes.

  • Jill July 26, 2010, 9:40 am

    I just went to that yoga studio yesterday for the first time and loved it. I have a friend that teaches there. If you ever want to go again and want someone to go with, let me know! Have a wonderful day 🙂

  • meg c July 26, 2010, 9:40 am

    a yoga class that talks about looking good for bikini season? i would hate that.

    • M July 26, 2010, 11:29 am

      Me too! For me that is the opposite of what yoga is all about-getting in touch with your inner self and to find peace and calm in the world is my yoga path….not how I look!

  • Julia @ Brit Bride July 26, 2010, 9:55 am

    You girls rock – you are so hardcore!!


  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 26, 2010, 9:59 am

    5:30 is tough, but it sounds like you got a great workout!! I don’t take many group classes, so I’m not attached to any, but I agree that the instructor makes the class!

  • Holly @ Self-love and Running July 26, 2010, 10:00 am

    I have wanted to try hot yoga for a long time but I’ve been unable to find a studio in this area! I’ve only been to a yoga class once but I really liked it.

  • Kim July 26, 2010, 10:12 am

    I know this is off topic from your post today, but I have been reading your biking posts…esp the 100 mile race you did! That is so great! I am a runner but beginning to get into cycling. My biggest question pertains to shoes! I do not want the shoes that clip into the pedals, but I want biking shoes…what shoes should I get or do some just wear their running shoes when beginning? What shoes do you use? Thanks so much!

    • Caitlin July 26, 2010, 10:16 am

      I have Specialized shoes with SPD clips and pedals. You’ll need to buy all three to transition to clip-in shoes. Alternatiely, you can get cages that attach onto your current pedals and you can wear your sneakers with them.

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 26, 2010, 10:14 am

    I’m super attached to a spin instructor. She screams at you (in a friendly way), she hoops and squeals and plays awesome music. By the time I leave, I’m dripping with sweat from the workout and laughing at her. She’s out on maternity leave right now and I simply cannot spin with any other teacher.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 26, 2010, 10:18 am

    i love to mix it up, but it’s always so fun to take a class that you love and are used to 🙂 i like the idea of lavender towels 🙂

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 26, 2010, 10:21 am

    That sounds so fun Caitlin! I used to go to a hip hop class when I was in college. I loveeeed my instructor — a cute little Indian ER doctor female. THEN, the following semester she got to busy and they hired a fellow college student for hip hop. It was allllll just weird and different and I couldn’t handle it. I also knew this girl personally through some school organizations and she acted completely different in class than how she would on campus!

  • Rachel July 26, 2010, 10:24 am

    I love to mix it up!!

  • tanyasDaily ProductViews July 26, 2010, 10:33 am

    A good instructor always makes it more fun.

  • Rob Dyess July 26, 2010, 10:34 am

    I want to hear about that cat.



  • Dorry July 26, 2010, 10:38 am

    Good for you for getting up early! Such an awesome way to start your day after all the running this weekend. 🙂

    I like to switch it up with different classes, different instructors,etc.

  • Theorist July 26, 2010, 10:39 am

    great post! congrats on the book being on the shelf!!!

  • Tina July 26, 2010, 10:40 am

    Sounds great! I think I prefer a good, personable instructor who challenges me at the same time. I would miss the ab portion too though.

    When I switched to a closer gym I was really disappointed in the spin classes. I like them now, but they still don’t compare to the old ones.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 26, 2010, 10:49 am

    Early morning workouts are amazing, but I give you credit for getting up *that* early. Whew!

    It sounds like fun though. I’ve never taken a yoga class, but would love to sign up for one soon. 😀

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit July 26, 2010, 10:49 am

    I don’t go to enough classes!

  • Janna July 26, 2010, 11:04 am

    For the most part I like to mix it up with my classes. I like a lot of different types of classes and a lot of different teachers. But, i think for yoga, there are always certain teachers that push me harder that others – and I like that.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) July 26, 2010, 11:16 am

    I’m pretty reliant on my yoga to the people podcasts, because I know what to expect and what the difficulty level of each podcast is. So, I can sort of custom pick my workout depending on the challenge level I’m after. I do like the camaraderie of a class, though!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances July 26, 2010, 11:17 am

    I think your new studio sounds better than the Orlanda one simply because of the lavender-scented towels! 🙂

  • Monica July 26, 2010, 11:17 am

    Hi Caitlin – I’ve been a longtime reader of your blog but never a commenter, but you’ve been inspiring me so much lately, that I thought I better start!
    I really enjoy spin classes at my university gym and aim to go twice a week during the school yr. I’m also a huge lover of yoga, and made a July goal for myself to do two of the Dave Farmar yoga podcasts a week throughout the month. So far so good! It’s a great stretch and definitely strengthens me when I don’t have access to the weights at the gym.

    • Caitlin July 26, 2010, 11:34 am

      Waves hello!!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 26, 2010, 11:23 am

    I loved my first experience with Hot Yoga in Colorado but we don’t have any near me. But I’m afraid it won’t match up.

    But the lavender scented towels sound amazing!

  • Maria July 26, 2010, 11:27 am

    I don’t mind switching it up with yoga and spinning instructors but I’m definitely attached the my Zumba instructor- I’ve tried others and they just do not compare! I would follow her anywhere!

  • Corey July 26, 2010, 11:30 am

    Congratulations on your book! Must be an amazing feeling. I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now (along with Kath’s and Emily’s!). I just started my own and have been having so much fun with it. I don’t have a really amazing weight loss or turn around story, but I do have a huge passion for running and overall living a balanced life.
    It’s been fun reading about your previous marathons and your current training – I’m only 22 but I’ve run 4 marathons so far, and recently started to focus on improving my time (and I did so enough to reach my goal of qualifying for Boston!!) I would love to share some of my experiences on training on your own to achieve a goal time (while balancing many other life responsibilities – I trained while in college and also while working full time).
    Would love to hear from you! I’m really enjoying reading your story 🙂

  • Elizabeth July 26, 2010, 11:51 am

    I really like to mix it up, esp when it comes to Yoga. The different perspectives and poses you can learn just from someone else really deepens our practice. This one studio near my home (it has since closed and I am desperatly searching for a new one) hosted many workshops with teachers from around the country. The learning experiences were amazing and I deeply miss that. I may have to go check out Y2 Yoga sounds great!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing July 26, 2010, 11:56 am

    I am REALLY attached to Body Combat and Body Pump class. Even though I’m training for my first half marathon right now, I’m finding a way to work those classes in 3 days a week. I just can’t let them go! 🙂

  • Liza July 26, 2010, 12:01 pm

    I LOVE my normal yoga studio and two specific teachers in particular… but I’m willing to mix it up a bit. However, the studio i go to doesn’t play music and I’m not sure I would bend on that one– I like the quiet and the sounds of ujaii breathing and whirring of the heater! Haha

  • Anne @ the doctor takes a wife July 26, 2010, 12:02 pm

    I love my yoga teacher, Olivia. She’s the only one who’s been able to get me to ENJOY yoga and to relax. I should probably try other teachers/studios, but since I still consider myself a beginner, I think I’ll stick with what works 🙂

  • Heather July 26, 2010, 12:04 pm

    I stick to the same Bikram yoga teacher whenever I decide to go. She’s the best and I find that I can get through class so much better when she’s teaching, so I’ll go out of my way to make sure I can attend her session.

  • Sarah for Real July 26, 2010, 12:06 pm

    I’m excited to hear about that stray cat!

  • Kelly July 26, 2010, 12:31 pm

    I tried my first yoga class last week, and while I liked the middle, the beginning and the end with chanting were a little much for me.

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous July 26, 2010, 12:42 pm

    I’m only a true yogi in my dreams, but I’ve come to LOVE it so much! I aim to do it 2-3 times a week. I’m good in the strength, flexibility, balance arena, but it’s the relaxation/breathing stuff that I need to work on! It’s just easy to forget! Ohh and my headstand has much to be desired. I want to conquer it by the end of the summer 🙂

  • JavaChick July 26, 2010, 12:50 pm

    I used to go to a yoga class with an awesome instructor and it makes a huge difference. I don’t have that gym membership anymore though, and he had handed those classes off by then anyway to open his own studio which is, unfortunately, not convenient for me.

    I wish I could be a morning exerciser. I’ve tried it, but it makes me miserable so it’s just not worth it for me. 🙁

  • Catherine July 26, 2010, 12:51 pm

    I’ve actually never taken a yoga class =X I always thought I preferred pilates, and stayed away from yoga. I’m going to start trying some of the yoga videos on our OnDemand and then hopefully branch out to an actual class.

    I did have one teacher I really liked when I took Bar Method classes. She had such great energy and paid just the right amount of attention to everyone in the class. She was really good about giving corrections without making you feel like an idiot.

    It looks like you girls had a great time at yoga this morning!

  • Espie July 26, 2010, 1:01 pm

    Oh man, I recently experienced a studio/instructor switch and am heart broken. I’m from California and at home I take a few Cardio classes at a local pilates studio. The instructors there are simply amazing. They have great energy, are personable, play sweet music and genuinely connect with each person in class.
    I’m currently (semi-permanently) in Pittsburgh, PA and started taking some cardio classes at a studio near my work. The only benefit is that these classes are really inexpensive ($5 drop in; $25 for 6 classes!). The instructors are friendly but it feels like they forget they are teaching a class. There isn’t a lot of motivation throughout the sessions and the music blows. I plan to check out other places but for now the location and cost are keeping me at this particular studio….grrr.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 26, 2010, 1:02 pm

    I was really attached to my kickboxing class at my last gym, but it just couldn’t generate enough interest. I was so bummed when it was cancelled and replaced with a low-intensity step class.

    All of the classes at my new gym are way too late at night. I’m in bed between 9 and 10, so doing a class at 8 pm is just not working for me!

  • Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life July 26, 2010, 1:10 pm

    I’m pretty much addicted to the spin class they offer at my gym. It’s a guarenteed good workout…good sweat, heart rate up, enjoyable!

    I really want to try a Hot Yoga class!! They look really fun. Unfortunately, they don’t offer one around here…sad day 🙁

  • Michal July 26, 2010, 1:12 pm

    I’ve gotten really attached to one studio (partially because they are cheap!), but I love mixing up which teachers I get there. It’s amazing how one teacher’s class will get “easy” and then I try a new teacher and it’s like starting at Square One!

  • Camille July 26, 2010, 1:41 pm

    Sounds like a great class! I’m not hooked on a class right now, but I really want to become a regular when I move next month!

  • Kelly July 26, 2010, 1:55 pm

    Haha, I would love a yoga class with pop music! I always think I’m going to like music yoga classes but then it’s such boring music that I’m like might as well turn it off.

    I’ve tried a few different yoga places and I only like 1 so far- it’s hard physically, a lot about breathing, and just great overall. I wish I could find others as good but so far it hasn’t happened.

  • Tanner July 26, 2010, 1:58 pm

    Caitlin, come try superflow or any of the 90 minute classes I teach. 1hr is very difficult to fit in a “complete” class. It’s more like a shot of a espresso! Also, I teach Ashtanga on Tuesdays 7-8:30. You should try that. There is no music, and an emphasis on breathe. These days I primarily practice ashtanga. It’s very difficult physically, trust me! Nama, TB.

    • ubigb July 26, 2010, 2:08 pm

      you are hot. i just saw your picture at Kath’s blog! congrats, keep it up!!!

    • ubigb July 26, 2010, 2:09 pm

      caitlin!! i have a question; do you still have to ice your knees after you’ve done with running???

      • Caitlin July 26, 2010, 3:39 pm

        nope – no more! my leg muscles are just strong enough now.

    • Caitlin July 26, 2010, 3:31 pm

      Ooo okay! I’m going to come in for Ashtanga soon!!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 26, 2010, 4:43 pm

    It’s always nice to try a new workout but I’m with you on not wanting to get out of bed at 5:30am for it – that must have been tough!

  • Miranda @ MirandasJeans July 26, 2010, 6:33 pm

    I totally have attachment issues with certain instructors. For the most part I love all my arobic instructors, with the exception of one. I’m sorry but you can’t play enya during a spin class, zone out and not encourage us, that sh*t’s borning!
    My hot yoga, I love the owner of my studio, she is absolutely amazing. Gives great cues for posture and step by step transitions between poses. She’s the best.

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 26, 2010, 6:33 pm

    I don’t mind taking the same class as long as the instructor varies what happens in the class. I took a dance class with the same instructor for two semesters and the class got harder and we learned new moves every time. It kept it exciting!

  • D July 26, 2010, 6:56 pm

    you seem like you’d be such a morning person! i think you’d probably love it if you transitioned into it, but it’s definitely a *transition* if you’re not used to it. i just graduated college and started my first real job (paid internship in my field of study whooooo! :)) and i now get up at 5:30am, am at the gym by 6, work out until 7:15, and am showered, dressed and on the bus to work with a coffee in hand by 8:15. you should totally trying switching to an early schedule!

    and to answer the question…im totally attached to TYPES of workout classes, but unfortunately that means sometimes suffering through bad instructors just b/c i like the idea of the class. i do a step class twice a week, and while i LOVE step, the class isnt that great. and i totally signed up for a circuit training class (paid extra) without testing it out (youre not allowed, and i now see why) and it kind of sucks. i have to get to the gym early to get a workout before that workout

  • Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 26, 2010, 7:16 pm

    Looks like a great time with some great friends.

  • Kimberly July 27, 2010, 12:51 pm

    I was going to tell you to try bikram yoga, but they don’t have it in Charlotte 🙁


    I’ve been practicing all summer since getting injured during a marathon. It’s 90 minutes of hot yoga that changes everything!

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