WORKOUTS I LOVED THIS MONTH
So I made a promise to myself last time I updated my blog that I would try 5 new places. I mean...who would have thought it would have been so difficult - especially given how much I workout. I was only able to make it to 3 new classes - it would have been 4 but I couldn’t bring myself to pay $40 for a class at ModelFit (I’m gonna break down and do it next month though because I am SO curious). Oh and also one of these places I have technically been too several times but its been over a year since I have been so...I think it counts.
Mile High Run Club
Location: 28 East 4th St
Location Perks: Convienient to a few trains. Citibike is a block away (love that they mentioned that on their website - you never know), lots good food near by (I’m just saying)
Amenities: Locker room, showers, towels and sell water
Cost: $34/class and packages offered.
I am so not a runner - I don’t hate it but, I don’t love it either. I love the way my legs respond to it (tone up quickly) but I have bursitis in my left hip so sometimes its not comfortable or I might have pain after a run. I am also not into distance or endurance runs. I ran track in high school and the 100 and 200 meters were more my thing - sprinting - get in and get out! I was a little nervous about taking the class to say the least. I signed up the Dash 28 class. The class consisted of a true warm-up, about 28 min of interval runs and then 10 min of Kettlebell training. It was perfect and I surprised myself with the running. The fact that the intervals were structured made a big difference - helped me keep a manageable yet challenging pace so it didn’t seem like a grueling 28 min of cotinuous running (I got so into it that I opted out of option to walk). It was definitely a very smart training session and I would definitely go back!!! My only con was the treadmill or maybe it was just mine was wobbly - for it to be a new spot with all new traedmills (I’m assuming) I found it a little odd and my dumn ass kept looking at my water bottle bouncing all over the place which at times made me a little nauseous (I know I’m weird)
Alvin Ailey - Adv Beginner hip hop w/Tweet Boogie
Location: 405 W. 55th Street
Location Perks: Convenient to quite a few trains, Whole Foods is not far, Juice Generation (aww yeah!)
Amenities: Locker room and showers
Cost: $17.50/class, packages offered and introductory offer 2 class/$28
So I have been to Alvin Ailey several times in the past but it had been over a year since I have taken a class. I LOVE dancing!!! So, so, so much!! I think I’ve mentioned that in my mind I would make the perfect back-up dancer. I just love how it makes me feel. Its hard for me to get out of my head sometimes but when I take a dance class its like I go to another place. I may not get it all and I might not look all that good doing it but I get the biggest smile on my face when I take a dance class and it just warms my heart. The hard thing with dance classes in NY sometimes though is it may say beginners and then you get in the class and its like 5, 6, 7, 8, GO! and you’re like “whoah where’s the breakdown???” I always keep this in mind and sometimes I do get nervous but I know I need to just be patient with myself and not get frustrated if its a little challenging. The one thing I love is that dance classes are an hour and half so nothing seems too rushed. So, I enter the studio and to me this part is almost as good as the actual class - the different types of people, the outfits, people stretching or practicing dances they have learned in other classes etc - LOVE IT!!! In walks Tweet Boogie - I took her class years ago but honestly didn’t remember much but...as she walked in it all came back though. She does very little talking in the beginning - you just follow - a series of dance moves strung together - just grooving and then it leads into a stretch, pushups and abs. Then she begins the routine - she broke it down well (if you didn’t get it she stood in from of you and had you put your hand on her shoulder so that you could truly follow or get the rhythm), repeated it over and over if need be, cracked on people and cracked on herself and then turned on the music (Omarion - I Get it In - what??? Gucci! Gucci! Gucci!) and all that breaking down and repeating the steps became oh so real. HEAVEN!!!
BFX - Ride republic
Location:555 Sixth Avenue
Location Perks: Convienient to quite a few trains, Trader Joes isn’t far - yay!!!
Amenities: Locker room, showers, towels and sell water
Cost: $30/class and packages offered.
This isn’t going to be much of a review because I feel like I need to go back and give it another chance. They were offering free spinning classes and a friend and I decided we would take advantage of it. The class was fine but I guess I am used to Soulcycles (or even Flywheel and Revolve) bikes and this bike just didn’t feel right to me. I also didn’t quite understand how to gauge where I should be according to monitor on the bike and the instructions the teacher was giving - I was so confused! My friend and I weren’t late but we may have missed a portion of the explanaion - I dunno. The instructor spoke about it a little during the class but trying to hear him over the music was a bit much. The good thing to me about spinning is if for some reason I am not particularly enjoying it I can put into to it what I want and get a good work out so...thats what I did. I’ll go back though but...maybe just not for a spinning class.