Hello from Colorado! I am out west skiing and hanging out all week. I flew in to Denver on Friday night (3/18) and have been to Keystone and Beaver Creek with Vail and maybe Breckenridge on deck! I’m going to leave out Colorado workout recaps from this post so I can do a ski-recap all together.
For the first time in a while, I went to zero classes via ClassPass. I was traveling too much to make it happen. I talk a big game about working out while traveling, but sometimes I slack when I’m away, too.
Hey guys. Before I dive into this week’s fitness review, I wanted to share this post I read on Foodiecology, titled “An Open Letter to the Women Who Read Healthy Living Blogs.” The post discusses how reading about the wellness-inspired choices other people make can leave us feeling shitty or inadequate. I definitely related to the sentiment of unspoken competition with total web-strangers. It starts earnestly as piqued curiosity and is furthered by internet anonymity where we don’t see the full picture.
Part of the reason I started this blog is because I’m a regular person. Anyone who knows me IRL knows I’ve no natural gift toward athletics. (My high school friends still exclusively see me as a klutz. Whatever.) But what I do have going for me on this forum is that I’m not shy and I’m eager to share my failings along with my successes. (Honestly am a little more excited to share the fails because they make for way funnier blog posts.)
Save for Monday (because I got in late from Miami Sunday night) I am back in morning workout mode this week. I wouldn’t say getting out of bed in the pre-dawn hours is easy, but it’s doable, so I’m doing it.
Here’s what went down:
Monday: Back to Peloton for a post-work spin class. The instructor played “Bug a Boo” by Destiny’s Child which is now the 2nd best musical moment of my fitness career. (I once heard Jai-Ho! at Physique 57 and so far nothing can surpass how much I smiled.) I was assigned a bike in the front row and eye contact with the instructor definitely made me work harder.
Oh hello, friends. I’m finally getting into a better workout groove. I’m so tempted by ClassPass that I end up over-committing to classes and not running enough (to prep for all of those races I haven’t written about yet). But I’ve got my head on straight now and my eyes on the prize(ish).
Last week I tried some new things and visited some of my regular fitness hangs.
Here’s what I got into:
Monday: I was in DC and finally got to take my first Barre3 class.I went to the Georgetown location with my friend Tricia (you may remember her from other fitness adventures). I arrived a bit late due to a minor Uber fiasco, so I was a bit scattered when I entered the class. It took me a while to get in the zone, but once I did liked the class. My triceps were sore the next day, which is a solid barre class accolade. I’ll definitely give the West Village Barre3 a try, too.
Important Question: Do you guys LIKE showering at a fitness studio? What if it’s a nice one? What if they have a fancier blow dryer than you do at home? What if they offer Malin + Goetz shower products? (M+G must be owned by the same investment group as every boutique fitness operation because their products are everywhere.)
I just don’t. I’m not a creature of habit in too many ways, but I prefer to shower and get ready at home so I can spread out, air dry my hair and waste as much time as possible. (I can floss my teeth for like 2 hours while staring off into the abyss, ask anyone who has ever lived with me.) I also don’t enjoy packing a bag.
This means that if I want to work out before work, I need to be crafty. I can either do a run that ends at home, an early nearby spin class (luckily this option does exist for me) or a barre/pilates class where, let’s be real I don’t shower after. Any tricks for getting ready at a studio? Would love your two cents.