I started writing up a post just now thinking that I had two weeks of workouts to catch up on again. Turns out it’s a month now because I saved my last post two weeks ago as a draft instead of publishing… oof. So here we go (yes I’m aware I should probably add a “skip to bottom” button here):
Monday, 2/25: SLT (6:30 pm, 50 min) & Core Fusion Sport (8 pm, 60 min) – These were both new-to-me teachers. I didn’t feel the burn as much with this SLT class, maybe because the transition times were faster than the first time I took the class. I took Core Fusion Sport because I wanted a little more after the Megaformer. It definitely got my heart pumping but I found it somewhat repetitive. And burpees, you remain my mortal enemy.
Tuesday, 2/26: Rip Ride (7:30 pm, 60 min)
Wednesday, 2/27: Spin at Newport Swim & Fitness (7:30 pm, 45 min) – Dori was subbing in the gym right next door to my building! Their bikes don’t have RPM monitors but the instruction and cuing was clear and I felt I knew how hard I should be working the whole time. Loved taking Dori’s class – my only gripes would be that there was no instructor mic (ridiculous considering how much this gym charges) and my fellow classmates weren’t that into it so the energy was kind of low. Sadly, gyms in Jersey City don’t attract the kind of vocal screaming crazies that spin studios in the city do – I like being around crazies!
Thursday, 2/28: Rip Ride (7:30 pm, 60 min)
Friday, 3/1: Flybarre (7 am, 60 min) – This was supposed to be my rest day, but I really didn’t feel like taking one for some reason. It was a fun class but I was sort of disappointed with myself that I skipped my rest day.
Saturday, 3/2: Rip Ride (10:30 am, 60 min) & Flybarre Power 45 (4:15 pm, 45 min) – This was only my second or third Power 45 class and it was HARD. Stellar class but I was panting like a dog and had to take more breaks than usual.
Sunday, 3/3: JumpDance (11:30 am, 60 min) & Flybarre (4 pm, 60 min) – I’d planned to take a charity JumpDance class at JumpLife a week or two ago with a friend. As you might have guessed, it’s a trampoline based class. It definitely got my heart rate up but isn’t something I’d go back to. It was really repetitive and I got bored after just a few minutes. Flybarre was great as usual with Todd, who is one of my favorites. I actually hadn’t planned on taking it for the third consecutive day though – I just forgot to cancel my reservation before going into Power 45 the day before.
Monday, 3/4: Rest
Tuesday, 3/5: Rip Ride (7:30 pm, 60 min) – I considered skipping this class since the usual instructor, Kira, was vacationing in Aruba, but decided to go anyway to try out the Rip Ride with another new-to-me instructor, Dyan. I was glad I did because the class was amazing! I love Dyan’s energy and the music was so much fun too. I have yet to find a Revolve instructor that I don’t completely adore.
Wednesday, 3/6: Body Ride (5:30 pm, 45 min) & Flybarre (6:45 pm, 60 min) – Revolve was having an Instructor Reveal ride with Steph Nieman – their newest instructor! I never got around to trying Steph’s class at Flywheel and had heard good things so I was really excited. She did not disappoint! So much energy and a challenging ride.
Thursday, 3/7: Flybarre (5:45 pm, 60 min) & Rip Ride (7:30 pm, 60 min) – I took my first Rip Ride with Christianne, one of Revolve’s master instructors. It was an amazing workout as always, but the standout was the music.
Friday, 3/8: Rest
Saturday, 3/9: The Bar Method Shrewsbury (10 am, 60 min) – I was visiting my parents for the weekend and decided to give this class a try. It was a decent class but probably one of the least challenging barre classes that I’ve taken. I didn’t really find myself shaking much and I also simply couldn’t understand the purpose of certain exercises. The crowd was not what I’m used to in barre classes either – more of a soccer mom crowd than young hip Lulu-wearing workout warriors. I wouldn’t count it out for getting in a workout when I’m visiting my parents, but still. Eh.
Sunday, 3/10: Rest
The plan for this week (I realize it’s already half over):
Monday, 3/11: Flybarre (6:45 pm, 60 min) & Body Ride (8:30 pm, 45 min) – This Body Ride was a blogger ride set up by Dori and Melissa. It was fun to be around so many other fitness enthusiasts and the energy was great!
Tuesday, 3/12: Rip Ride (7:30 pm, 60 min)
Wednesday, 3/13: Uplifting Strength (6:30 am, 55 min) & Rip Ride (8:30 pm, 60 min) – My first time venturing to Uplift! Such a beautiful studio and hard class with Michelle. It was an amazing start to my day! Unfortunately, the rest of the day didn’t go so well and by the end of my long workday, I felt like I really needed to relieve some stress so I went to Dyan’s Rip Ride at Revolve on a whim. Stress relief and a fantastic workout, it was!
Thursday, 3/14: Body Ride (5:30 pm, 45 min) & Flybarre (7 pm, 60 min) – I was having another bad day at work and left early to hit up Revolve again. It was totally worth it – another amazing class with Steph.
Friday, 3/15: Body Ride (7 am, 45 min) – Fun class! I almost didn’t go since I was a little tired and had insomnia the night before, but so glad I did because Dyan rocked it out. She ain’t lying when she says Friday 7 am is a party!
Saturday, 3/16: Rest
Sunday, 3/17: Refine Method (10:45 am, 60 min) & Foxy Pole (3 pm, 60 min) – This was my second Refine class and I loved it. Super challenging and this one hooked me a little more than my first class there for some reason. Not sure why but I was itching to go back! I hesitate to even include Foxy Pole on this post but they describe their classes as pole-dancing fitness classes so I guess I will. I went with a few friends since we’d all gotten a Groupon together. I learned a few steps of a pole dance sequence. It was fun but definitely not challenging or a workout at all. It’s a fun thing to do with some girlfriends though.
Monday, 3/18: Rip Ride (6:30 pm, 60 min) & Flybarre (8 pm, 60 min) – I was super excited for this Rip Ride because I tweeted Christianne before and she said she was playing one of my song requests (Nightcall by Kavinsky)! I loved how she used the song and it fit right in with the rest of her playlist. Only Christianne could play this kind of slower, intense song in her class and pull it off. I’m continually impressed by how well she uses music in her classes – her DJ experience shows!
Tuesday, 3/19: Rip Ride (7:30 pm, 60 min) – This was a fun one with a loud front row! You better believe I was part of that loudness.
Wednesday, 3/20: Body Ride (7 am, 45 min) – I almost couldn’t get myself out of bed for this one. The morning classes have been hard for me lately for some reason! I blame winter. This class was well worth it though – it’ll be one of the ones I try to remember for my next wake-up call.
Thursday, 3/21: Uplifting Strength (6:30 pm, 55 min) – I went to Chelsea’s class with my friend Christine. I love workout dates! And the best part? Uplift served us some post-workout snacks (almonds and craisins) and WINE! Let me tell ya, this studio knows the way to my heart and is winning me over fast. Full review coming after I try their Uplifting Cardio class next weekend!
Friday, 3/22: Rest
Saturday, 3/23: Refine Method (10:45 am, 60 min) & Flybarre (1:15 pm, 60 min) – I was so excited to go back to Refine! This class was really fun and we did a lot of things that I liked. Dori mentioned that she’s not the biggest fan of the sliding discs so I was really intimidated when I walked in and saw them out. I actually really liked what we ended up doing with them though. The post-Refine Flybarre class was hard, but I was excited to see Shay back since she’d been away for about a week. I’m learning that Refine is probably best left on its own for the day for me though.
Sunday, 3/24: Real Ride (9:30 am with Steph) – This one rocked. A smallish class, but Steph’s amazing energy is boundless even on a Sunday morning. I was tempted to stay for the double, but really needed to get some errands done.
The plan for this week right now:
Monday, 3/25: Flybarre (5:45 pm, 60 min)
Tuesday, 3/26: Rip Ride (7:30 pm, 60 min)
Wednesday, 3/27: Rest or Flybarre
Thursday, 3/28: Flybarre (5:45 pm, 60 min) & Rip Ride (7:30 pm, 60 min)
Friday, 3/29: Flybarre (60 min)
Saturday, 3/30: Uplift Cardio (60 min) & Flybarre (60 min)
Sunday, 3/31: Refine Method (60 min)
It’s pretty obvious that I’ve been upping my workouts a lot lately. I don’t want to get into much detail, but let’s just say that my work life has been frustrating lately. I feel the need to relieve stress almost every single day after work and lately, I feel like the time I spend working out is the only time I can get my mind off work and feel truly happy. Yes, I’m complety aware just how depressing this sounds. I’m just going with it though.
That being said, I recognize that while exercise is a healthy addiction, it can also be damaging in excess like everything else. I’ve been trying to watch myself and make sure I don’t overdo it. I always feel good after a class and have seen my endurance improve a lot. I’m still actively trying to make sure I get in at least one rest day a week.
Anyway, switching gears now. When I first started this blog about a year(!) ago, I intended it to be a lifestyle blog. But lately, it feels like the only thing I want to write about is the NYC fitness scene – probably because I’ve completely switched from working out by myself in a gym to working out at boutique fitness studios in the city. So whatever, I’m not going to stress about the “direction” of Sleep and Repeat anymore and just let myself go with it.
Let’s be honest, it’s not that serious anyway.