NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One of the hottest fitness trends in the country has instructors turning up the heat and is leaving gym goers drenched.
The trend puts participants in rooms that range from a toasty 82-degrees to a nearly oppressive 95-degrees, more than 20-degrees warmer than recommended.
It started with hot yoga and then it spread. People like Jen Ellenberg swear by classes like hot cycling.
“When you take a heated spinning class you feel like you get so much more out of it. You sweat, your blood is pumping, it’s amazing,” Ellenburg told CBS 2′s Kristine Johnson.
Advocates, like ‘The Sweat Shoppe’ owner Mimi Benz, claim the higher temperatures lead to a better workout.
“Obviously your heart rate’s going to increase because it’s a heated environment which yields more of a caloric burn,” Benz said.
However, experts from the American College of Sports Medicine caution that turning up the heat may not be a good idea.
“Taking exercise programs and putting them into a gym in a hot environment to me is kind of a scary proposition,” explained Dr. Walter Thompson, PHD.
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