Mile High Run Club. Revolve Fitness. Roy Alexander FitCamp. Flex Studios.
Thanks to ClassPass I tried four new classes this week, and liked them all. Here’s what went down.
Sunday: FitCamp in Central Park
I’ve wanted to take a bootcamp class in the park forever. I found Roy Alexander’s FitCamp on ClassPass and eagerly signed up. We met at 63 and Central Park West which is a perfect location for me.
The class was an hour long and we did a ton of tricep work, squats and some back exercises using a stretchy cord. With only 2 other students in the class, we got a lot of specialized attention. I was super sore the next day and I’d love to give this class a perfect score, and I could, save for one thing.
I was struggling with some of the moves and Roy asked me if I had ever worked out before. My jaw dropped. I gave him some honest feedback because I am many things but shy is not one of them. I replied, “That’s really hurtful. Are you kidding or serious?” He implied he was serious and was trying to make the larger point that the way he teaches is the superior way to work out, so whatever else I’m doing is ineffective. I could’ve done without that. But you can’t beat the location on a nice day.
After I went on a walk in the Palisades (a short drive from the Upper West Side) with Matt, Matt’s parents and most crucially Casey the Dog.
Monday: New Studio alert! Before work, I tried Flex Studios in Union Square with my pal Gina. We took a barre class and it was very challenging. I loved the look and feel of the studio and I can’t wait to return.
Monday evening I tried Revolve Fitness for the first time. I took a 45-minute Justin Timberlake/George Michael-themed spin class. Ideal, right?
This class felt more SoulCycle than Flywheel (and Swerve is more Flywheel than Soul for those keeping score) meaning: feelings > competition. I really liked the major sweatfest. One highlight is the teacher required that we stop spinning when we used the arm weights. This meant I didn’t strain my back (like I sometimes do in Flywheel) and I was able to be a bit fiercer on the reps.
Tuesday: I ran a little over 3.5 miles after work. It was my first solo run in the dark this season. I ran speedily (for me).
Wednesday: Rest day.
Thursday: I took a pre-work “Mat Express” class at Gramercy Pilates. There were only four students in the class and the pace was slow. We did some excellent back stretches. I immediately liked the instructor (Graziella Murdocca) and I definitely plan to return.
After work I had NYRR running class on the books, but it rained and I didn’t want to run in a downpour if I didn’t have to, and I didn’t. Thanks to ClassPass I signed up for my first Mile High Run Club class. This had been on my list of “classes to try” for a while. I completely loved it. I ran about 3.25 miles through intervals during “Dash 28” their shorter class. I’ll write a post on this soon.
Friday: Rest day. I was signed up for a Fhitting Room class but I was feeling pretty beat so I cancelled and called it a rest day!
Saturday: Ran 8.25 miles in Central Park. On the east side of Harlem I ran into Ali Feller (Ali on the Run) we’ve been “internet” friends for a while and it was fabulous to see her smiley face in real life.
How was your week? What classes should I try next?