WORKOUTS I LOVED THIS MONTH
Its now June - 6 month and some change since my whole appendix incident. It honestly took me a while to get back into the swing of things. I lost a whole lot of muscle (and I lost my butt - like poof gone! Not a good look at all.) so my knee kinda started to act up again. I started back up with working out at home (Tabatas are my friend!) and then graduated to taking classes. Not gonna lie that shit was rough - my abs were super weak and I had to build my endurance back up. Started out with classes that were familiar to me and then...
Location: 1 Renwick Street
Location Perks: To be honest I am so not familiar with the area and I haven’t taken the time to explore it.
Amenities: The facility looks like a cool hard core gym. There is a boxing ring that you peep as soon as you walk in, a huge tire that they use to do hammer slams and I am imaging tire rolls and tons of sleek looking equipment. They offer water, towels and provde both the wraps and the gloves for the boxing class. The only downside is there is no real changing area or shower - they have lockers and a bathroom and the space is kinda tight but they said that they are in the works with the showers (good thing cause I sweat my ass off during the boxing class)
Cost: $34/60min class. Also offer packages.
I wanted to try out Dogpound for one sole reason initially - my girl Bianca teaches there. I have taken class with her at ToneHouse in the past and I also took her class when she taught at BFX and her energy and her skills are so impressive so...I had to go. I know I say this a lot but...LOVE!!! First off I really loved the whole vibe at Dogpound - its a group of guys (and women) who are basically family doing what they love to do and spreading that love to other people - I am always down for that - I love sharing! The whole origin of how they started is really amazing also. From the moment you walk in you are greeted. While taking the class A few of the boys yelled out stuff to get me to push a lil harder and when class was over...so much positivity - I know I was awkward beyond belief but their words of encouragement made me feel like I was able - more than able. The class itself was challenging (as hell) but the way they break down the ABCs and the punches was amazing. I can’t tell you how many times I had that AHA moment - “oh thats why you would do it that way - makes sense now”. Not that I got it right but it totally made sense. I also liked that we jumped rope to warm up - jumping rope is like a BIG goal of mine. The fact that we jump rope for what seems like 15min, I feel like I definitely at some point will get it down pact. I’m kinda banging out high knees like a pro now (in my mind) whereas I couldn’t do it before. The coaches also throw in quite a few exercsies that we do outside. When Bianca yelled out “lets take outside” - my inside voice said “for what?”. We do laps around the block, suicide puching drills, bear crawls (yes, outside!), walking lunges and I can only imagine what’s to come. I am so in love with the class that for the past 3 weeks I have gone twice a week. This class, combined with my personal training sessions is an awesome combo. I am a huge fan. Need to sign up for next weeks classes like right now!!!
Location: 10 East 8th Street
Location Perks: NYU area. Decent amount of train options. And I guess if I were looking to shop before/after a class welll...I’d be in the right area.
Amenities: This might be the cutest spot ever. They have cubbies for your shoes, hooks for your bags (felt a lil uncomfy at first just leaving my stuff out but figured what theif meditates). Nice clean bathrooms. They have a lil tea bar with the yummiest tea and they also sell books, t-shirts and mugs.
Cost: First class is $10 (what???) $15/30min and $25/40min class. Also offer packages.
Okay so I know this isn’t a fitness class but...like I said in my Thanks section I want to start taking care of all of me - inside and outside. At one point I used to go during my lunch break and do a by donation only 30 min meditation and it was fabulous so I figured why not give this a try as well. I went onto their website and was drawn in right away. Their logo is awesome. How they present everything as a whole was also fabulous - from the “book a cushion” button (how cute is that) to the icons they use. This is the graphic designer in me gushing but I think presentation is super important. The cool thing about MNDFL is their 30 min or 40 min classes are thematic - you get to choose what would be most helpful for you. They have a wide variety of classes as well throughout the day. Although the place I went to a few years ago was by donation I felt like the price of the classes at MNDFL were very reasonable - also the first class is $10. It felt really good to be in the facility - the staff was nice, people in the class were nice and the teachers that I have taken so far are all great. I like that at the end of the classes I have taken so far the teachers ask for feedback - how we felt during and after - anyone is allowed to speak or I should say share. That made me feel like I was in a safe place. My first class I took was Sound. I took it for no other reason other than it was the only class available at the time I could go. The teacher basically created a series of sounds while we sat in silence - she spoke from time to time but it was predominately just sound. I believe it was a 30 min class I took but it literally felt like I was in there for 10 min and when I got up to walk out I felt so relaxed. After class they encourage you to sit for a bit and have some tea - every time I have gone since I have the same yummy ginger tea - so good! I’ve only been a handful of times so far but everytime I do go I leave feeling extremely clear and relaxed - two things that I need more of in my life for sure!!!