Melt Away Stress at Hotworx in Cedar Park, TX

Hot Worx Cedar Park


Spring has sprung and summer plans are beginning

Hiking and trekking, beach outings, and returning to family and friend’s events are all in the works.  Hibernating through last year has left some of us a little sluggish.

Luckily, Susan Sandoval at HOTWORX in Cedar Park, TX understands, and we’ve provided the 411 after interviewing her below. Please continue reading for the scoop on HOTWORX and how it offered lessons more valuable than any workout routine ever could!


What is Hotworx?

It’s a virtually instructed exercise program created for consumers to experience the many infrared heat absorption benefits. Goers choose between 30-minute Isometric workouts or 15-minute High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sessions. Classes you can choose from are Hot Iso, Hot Yoga, Hot Pilates. Step it up just a bit and attend a Hot Warrior, Hot Core or Hot Bands session. The great thing is you can mix and match the classes that best suit your needs. Virtual instructors change up the flow of exercises and scheduling on your phone helps to slide in a workout session on the fly. No guilt and no excuses, freedom to set a schedule that works best for each individual.


According to HOTWORX, “As the infrared heat penetrates your body causing you to sweat, the isometric postures further accelerate detoxification by physically removing the toxins from your organs through muscle contraction.” Even after you leave the session, your body will continue to burn off calories and detox. Infrared heats you internally, so thirty minutes after your workout, you’re still burning calories. That’s the beauty of the heat!


Inside HOTWORX, you will find eight infrared saunas and four isometric stations

An isometric workout is one that involves little movement with high muscle engagement. You choose a position and hold it. For example, Susan’s favorite yoga pose is the Lord of the Dance. As a balancing pose dedicated to Shiva’s dance, you stretch muscles in your chest, abdomen, and thighs. This famous backbend yoga pose stimulates your heart chakra known as Anahata, associated with love and compassion.


More workout, less time!

High-intensity interval training, known as HITT, is a form of interval training and gets the heart going! This cardiovascular exercise strategy encourages short bursts of exercise with brief (30 to 45 second) intervals of breaks in between. You should be out of breath by the end of your workout. No fear! The sessions are much shorter due to the intensity level.


Go when you want, for as long as you please

Being open 24-hours, our members love that there is no set class schedule. They can come and go as they please. Whereas in other gyms, if you miss your scheduled class, you will most likely not get your work out on that day.

Susan says it’s popular for goers to do a quick 15-minute HIIT and then move to something else to keep up their momentum. Many love the belly burning benefits of core compressors. It creates instant slimming results, enhances calorie burning, and flushes out toxins.


Susan reminds us: “All things in moderation, as the saying goes” – including stress

With the bustling, busy times, we tend to rush to wake up, rush to work, rush to pick up kids, and rush to get our work out done so that we can run to make dinner and do it all over the next day.

Advised by her nutritionist, “it’s not good for you to be on the go, go, go!” At HOTWORX, her stress melts away. She says that it’s really hot in there, and she barely moves her feet while her heart rate elevates and lowers stress upon the body. She can pop on a good podcast, watch a show or meditate while getting in a good workout.


Thank you, Covid-19, for a new perspective

As silly as that may sound, Susan thanks the pandemic for her newly found awareness of things she didn’t correctly appreciate before the outbreak. She has started to learn new reverence for breathing easier since life was disrupted before opening her business in 2019.

She knows that health applies both physically and mentally. It tends to affect relationships and may even cause psychological issues and raise the risk of disease. Stress can also reduce our capacity to take care of one another. There are many benefits of reducing stress within your everyday life.


 It’s so important to take care of your mental health

With a heart full of a new perspective, she realized that she was spending money on things that were unimportant and spending time where it did not matter. She no longer values being caught up in worldly things and plans to go forward to make memories with her family. She plans to create less stress in her life, including during her workouts. And luckily, with HOTWORX, she’s able to do just that!

HOTWORX offers patrons a mental break when stress and anxiety come to be too overwhelming. However, Susan wants our readers to know, “There’s no right or wrong answer as to going to a gym during pandemic times. If you’re not comfortable going, just go for a walk, and everything else will fall into place.” She continues, “It’s so easy when you’re going through stressful times to watch Netflix, but getting out of the house – even for a walk – is so important. You need to get out of the house.”


Thank you, Susan, for taking the time out of your schedule to share with our Wilco Family.

We appreciate it very much and encourage our readers to check out HOTWORX when they can.

It might just change your life!




How To Find The Space



“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” -thich nhat hanh

When we first started meditating, we came from places of darkness, and places of hope. Somewhere on the surface, we understood that meditation was the practice of turning within. Some began their first meditations seeking a state of thoughtlessness, only later to discover that such a state was unachievable. Instead, what we ought to create is a gap between the witness and the mind.

As Osho said, the harmony of our inner-self is described like this: the more we witness the mind, the more it disappears. We have no doubt about our connectivity to each other, but what about our connectivity to all life? The invisible space between you and me, standing face-to-face, is thick with energy and information, thoughts, connections. It’s the thing you feel when soul-gazing, the play you witness between two squirrels- what a feast for the eyes. As such, there exists connectivity between all life. A magnetism between all things.

The next time you sit to meditate and find yourself lost, distracted, or focused too hard on one object, perhaps focus instead on the gap between two. Two strong objects pulse with magnetism. Find the space between them and lose yourself within it. When practiced enough, this approach can help us to stand back and witness our thoughts while at the same time, allowing them to willow down to what’s necessary. Your thoughts- I could argue- are things attracted to you, and your mind gets to play with them. So let yourself dance, and witness how the rest of the world dissolves away.

 Meditation provides health benefits including:

  • Stress reduction
  • Gain control of anxiety
  • Boost brain health
  • Decrease depression, promoting emotional health
  • Become self-aware
  • Strengthen attention span
  • Memory loss prevention
  • Promote overall kindness
  • Fight addiction
  • Get better sleep
  • Pin down pain
  • Boost immunity – especially right now with COVID-19
  • Lower blood pressure


Practice no matter where you are

Allow yourself the chance to improve your mental and emotional health anywhere. If you feel that you need extra help or want to join the community, Williamson County has a fit for you. There are support groups and meditation courses that will fit your needs, lifestyles, and different strengths. Check out our local list below or from home, click here.

We have a great list of practice studios in Williamson County