Back in the day, the only exercise I got was at a weekly step aerobics class. It was the late 90s, so I didn’t wear leg warmers, but I might have worn a one-piece, short-sleeves + shorts unitard. (Thankfully, there are no pictures!) After I took up running, my Saturday long runs replaced that 8:00 am aerobics class, and I got used to working out on my own. I gradually built up a relatively well-equipped home gym, and enjoyed the convenience of rolling out of bed and heading out the door for a run or down to the basement for a strength workout.
I still do most of my workouts on my own, but now there are three different studio workouts on my schedule! How did I become such a fitness class junkie?
Favorite Fitness Classes
I’ve shared why I love indoor cycling at Revovle so much, and those reasons are still true. The instructors are motiviating, the music is energizing, and the workouts are challenging. My weekly classes have improved my strength and endurance for cycling, and are a fun cross-training alternative to running.
The most recent addition to my weekly workout calendar is Orange Theory Fitness, which I have been doing once a week since May.
I’m still on the fence over whether it’s really worth getting up at 4:15 am to make it to this class, but I enjoy it once I get there and love having done it when I walk out of the studio at 6:00 am. Plus, even though I only spend a total of 15 minutes per class on the treadmill, those intervals have really impacted my running. My pace is getting faster, and I am finding it so much easier to power up hills.
My favorite class is CPY2, which is challenging and relaxing at the same time. I’m always amazed at how much I sweat–even my feet get sweaty!–and how much better I feel from head to toe. While I used to get anxious during shavasana, now I’m usually able to relax–at least until sweat drips into my ear. I don’t make it to CPY every week, but I try!
I haven’t loved every studio class I tried. I didn’t care much for Soul Cycle or Pure Barre, and SolidCore was too intense and too expensive. While my workout calendar is pretty full, I’m always willing to try something new.
Monday: Orange Theory Fitness.
Short treadmill intervals meant almost no splat points,
but it was a great workout.
For the rowing/treadmill blocks (the first and last blocks I did) we did a ladder relay, running 0.3 mi/0.25 mi/0.2 mi/0.15 mi/0.1 mi on the treadmill, and then rowing while our partner ran. It was really fun!
Tuesday: 5.25 mile run
The temperature was cooler, but the humidity was in full force!
Playing with the Over app on my iPhone.
I love the ability to layer photos!
Wednesday: 45 minute Real Ride at Revolve
Thursday: 60 min CPY2
I woke up feeling like the rusty Tin Man, with a painful tightness in my left hip, so I decided to go to CPY before work–a first! While I was there, I realized that I probably needed to spend some time with a foam roller, but I decided to do
the next best thing something even better and booked a deep tissue massage after work. The therapist also did some myofascial release that really helped.
Friday: 45 min strength routine at home
Saturday: 9.0 mile long run
Finally both the temperature and humidity were pleasant!
Sunday: 20 mi bike ride
We beat the storms but felt the cold front coming in at one windy section along the C&O Canal. It was so refreshing to have a cool breeze!
Do you have a favorite fitness studio workout?
What’s the next big studio fitness thing I should try?