Favorite Fitness Classes

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.  Favorite Fitness Classes

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

The first studio that earned a permanent slot on my weekly workout calendar is Revolve, which got me hooked on indoor cycling from my very first workout.

Favorite Fitness Classes - Revolve

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.  

Favorite Fitness Classes - Orange Theory Fitness

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. 

The other studio I’m hooked on is Core Power Yoga. I never thought I’d enjoy hot yoga, but I’m so grateful that Cynthia and Mar introduced me to CPY. 

Core Power Yoga

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. 

Weekly Wrap

Weekly Wrap 
Speaking of my workout calendar,
here’s my recap for the Weekly Wrap Link Up
hosted by Holly and Tricia



Monday: Orange Theory Fitness.

OTF 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!

August Run

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 

August 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?

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27 Responses to Favorite Fitness Classes

  1. HoHo Runs says:

    I did wear leg warmers. Ugh, thank goodness nobody took pictures back then! I think I would really enjoy a spin class. I did try a few minutes of a class once. I had to get off the reserved bike when the participant finally showed up. But, the Y classes sadly don’t fit into my schedule. I’m too cheap to pay for another class. LOL. Great ride today! I like your yellow bike helmet, by the way. Thanks for linking, Coco.

  2. You have a a great variety of workouts! I don’t do many classes….I guess I’m too cheap to pay for them LOL I routinely go to a yoga class, but (sadly) it’s not offered in the summer and I really slacked off from going last spring….so…I need to get back in the routine of doing that when it resumes.
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  3. I love my yoga classes. My yoga is at a regular studio. There’s OMing and chanting, and then the class.

    I think I’d like cycling too. Hoping that comes to my town soon.
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  4. Looks like you had a great week! I’m struggling with work/life/fitness balance right now but would LOVE to get back to spinning class once a week & bodypump – those are my two favourite classes
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  5. Marcia says:

    I too was a step class regular. I wore a cotton tee shirt down to my knees and capris. I cringe thinking about it.
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  6. I’ve gone to a few bootcamp classes and some group fitness / spin and body pump classes that my sister taught. I can honestly say that I don’t really enjoy them because I have a hard time keeping up with the instructor and others.

  7. I am looking forward to getting back to my indoor cycle classes in Sept. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on OTF. Have a great week!
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  8. Teresa says:

    Wow, you must live in a bigger city than me…we do not have any of those studio classes. I do teach a Spin class at my gym and I love it…you are right, Spin is a great cross training workout and definitely enhances both road cycling as well as running. I would love to try an Orange Theory class as I hate doing intervals on my own but would love a class to push me in that direction.

  9. Chaitali says:

    I really have been enjoying Body Pump at the gym. And it’s nice that it’s included with the gym membership and not an extra cost 🙂 I’ve heard great things about Core Power Yoga and want to give it a try at some point. I haven’t had a lot of variety in my workouts this year so need to try some new things.
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  10. We have a lot of studios in Philly but I’ve only been to a few. I’d love to try Orange Theory for an occasional workout. Mar just told me about Core Power Yoga…sounds like a winner!
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  11. This past year and even more the past month I have really really enjoyed my classes. They are more strength/cardio mix and I love the instructor and have made friends in the class as well. I sure hope to continue them. I remember when I never did any cross training when I first started running. I’m so glad I’m not there anymore!
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  12. Elizabeth says:

    I’m about to try OrangeTheory. I just saw they have x classes/month memberships in addition to unlimited–which is important to me since I travel so freakishly much for work.
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  13. GiGi Eats says:

    I am honestly not much of a class girl. But if I did have to do something, it would be PILATES!!
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  14. Larry dunn says:

    looks like a great week. i’ve my own fitness studio, too. i’m a big fan of GYM.

  15. That looks like a great week. I like meditation, your friend says that I should do Gym to make your leg strong.

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