Have you ever walked into something new and immediately felt like you belonged? That is what I felt like when I walked into Kaia FIT for the very first time. I was a little nervous. I think it’s always nerve-wrecking to walk into an unfamiliar place to start something when you don’t know anybody. But immediately when I walked in, I was greeted with a kind face and a friendly, warm welcoming. It was great because nobody knew who I was, they didn’t know I was there to “critique”/review them, it was just genuine excitement and open arms. I was a new person who received immediate acceptance and quickly felt a part of the Kaia family. Experiencing this inclusion, I knew I wanted to fully take advantage of my time there. Christine, the owner, gave me a full month to really see what Kaia is all about. What a great move on her part. She allowed me to really see a fitness community that rallies for one another and engages in relationships like I’ve never seen before at a fitness spot. I was honestly blown away by this place and really hope for phenomenal success for Christine and the Kaia sisters in North Dallas.
Kaia is a fitness community only for women. Community is huge in the Kaia world. I feel like “community” is just a buzzword used to sell a concept or an idea to somebody, but comes with very little action. Most of the time, true community is hard to find. It takes a lot of work for people to feel comfortable in a new community and to build strong lasting relationships. Often times it is reflective of the leadership at hand. Christine (owner) leads her troupes with an astounding skill in leadership. She wouldn’t have the true community she has if it weren’t for her ability to bring everyone together and truly care about her people. She has a Facebook group that is used daily to encourage, provide recipes, and announce exciting events. She kindly added me to the group, and even though I’m no longer there, I still feel a part of the family. More than once a month (it seems), they do some type of social event together. Most recently, the members (and guests) took a hike together, went out for a birthday celebration (all were invited), held a meditation session, and will be going salsa dancing in the week to come. Women in the group take the initiative to create happy hours or additional activities so that ALL can be a part and have a group in which they can belong. It’s really incredible to see what all they do together. I absolutely love it.
Kaia provides a variety of themed workouts to create excitement. Around the holidays there was a holiday dress themed workout (in above photo). There are times to dress in camo, pink, super hero, etc., all to make the workout fun and have something else to look forward to. This type of environment makes the entire experience just plain fun. I think I always had a smile on my face when I was working out with Kaia.
In addition to being a fun and communal spot, the Kaia workouts are perfect for all fitness levels. You get to the gym, start with a warm-up (different every day) and begin 1 of potentially 3-4 rounds of various workouts. The coach will demonstrate the workouts in the routine and will provide 3 levels of each particular workout. This is great for people who need a more intense workout to someone who is recovering from an injury, or just starting. Each round can consist of 10 minutes of doing 5 exercises as many times as possible, to a partner round where one partner does an exercise for X amount of minutes or reps, while the other partner is doing a cardio routine. There are also rounds where people are split into different groups to compete for first place. You will never walk into Kaia and complete an identical workout from the day before. It’s always changing and full of engaging exercises. At the end of the workout, the group helps clean up and cool down for a final stretch. During the stretch, the coach (Usually Christine) will ask open ended questions to help the group get to know one another. This is all a part of the strong community Kaia brings. As I write this review, I think quite fondly of this place and miss it terribly. I really hope that you as readers who live near the area would give it a try and make it a part of your workout routine. I promise you, you would not regret it.
Info to know!
- Members pay $129/month
- No contracts. If you can’t afford one month, you are not penalized, you just don’t pay!
- Soft floors, wear shoes
- For women only
- 1 hour classes
- Class times:
M, T, TH- 5 am, 6 am, 9 am, 5:30 pm, 6:30pm
W- No classes- Kai RUN 6pm (New!)
F- 5 am, 6 am, 5:30 pm, 6:30pm
S- 8 am
-2 showers onsite
-Measurements taken to view progress
-Events outside of class time
-Non-competitive environment: the women truly care for another. It is a judge free place.
-Diverse: in age, size, race/ethnicity
-Variety in workouts
-Massage therapist available onsite (with appointment)
-Location- it’s not visible from the main street. You have to look hard for it.
-Limited class times
INTENSITY: /Depending on your ability
4744 Spring Valley Road
Farmers Branch, TX 75244