September 21, 2016

Why I Love Boutique Fitness Classes

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boutique fitness spin classes soul cycle pure barre old navy activewear calia by carrie underwood lululemon quarter zip jacket addidas superstar tennis shoes casual outfit athletic gear workout clothes

boutique fitness spin classes soul cycle pure barre old navy activewear calia by carrie underwood lululemon quarter zip jacket addidas superstar tennis shoes casual outfit athletic gear workout clothes

As millennials, we tend to spend our money on things that generations before us find absolutely absurd.  We live in a world where overnight shipping, delivery from restaurants that don’t normally deliver, and a ride when we don’t feel like driving are all at the push of a button for a little bit of our hard earned money.  An article I read a while ago, 30 Things Twenty-Somethings Need To Stop Spending Money On, really drove home this point and made me take a look at what I consider normal daily purchases.  While I agree with almost everything on this list, the one thing I strongly disagree with is the “boutique” fitness classes.  Before you roll your eyes at me and tell me that fitness classes really are a waste of money, here me out. 

In high school, I played sports and therefore practiced and lifted weights for a few hours every day.  In college, I had access to a REC center filled with everything from a rock wall to every fitness machine you could imagine.  But once I graduated from college, gone was the environment and schedule I had been used to for the past 8 years.  Sure, we had a workout room in our apartment in Dallas, but it was a far cry from the REC center I had the year before.  I also didn’t have my workouts scheduled for me, and let me tell you, that makes the world of a difference for me.

There’s where “boutique” fitness classes come in.  While we lived in Houston, there weren’t really any gyms around us that met my needs and running outside with Pecan just wasn’t cutting it anymore.  Not to mention I was really inconsistent with my running.  Too hot?  Rain? Count me out!  So after the New Year I started looking for a class I could go to and had heard a lot about Pure Barre.  I decided to give it a try and never looked back.  I love that the classes challenge me in a way I had never been challenged before and they have a fantastic feeling of community.  But the thing I loved the most?  My classes were scheduled.  And guess what? There is no option of just not showing up.  Unless you want to pay a “no show” fine on top of the classes you’re already paying for.    

While we were living in Boston, I decided I needed to mix it up a little with a class that had a bit more cardio in it because the likelihood of me doing an hour-long class and then coming home to do cardio was highly, highly unlikely.  I researched for quite some time to find exactly what I was looking for, and finally ended up taking classes at a local studio called SWEAT Cycling Studio.  Like Pure Barre, they have a system where you sign up for your classes (usually a week in advance) and unless you cancel out 6 hours prior to the start of class, you pay a fine.  That’s more than enough motivation for me to get my butt out of bed and onto the bike.      

In addition to having classes scheduled, I love that they are high intensity the entire time.  I easily get bored with redundant workouts like running on a treadmill or using an elliptical, but have yet to get bored with spin or Pure Barre.  The music is amazing, the instructors keep you pumped up, and there is no feeling like walking out of the studio and knowing you just had a great workout.   Now, I will tell you that I am definitely not a pro in either class yet.  It still takes me forever to clip in to a bike or learn a new move and I have the rhythm of an eighty year old lady, but guess what?  The room is usually dark or dim and everyone is so focused on their own workout that they can’t see how bad I am!   

If you’re still hesitant to try a fitness class somewhere because of the price, I encourage you to look for some smaller studios that are independently owned or ones that offer a discounted trial period for new clients.  The cycling studio I went to in Boston to offers your first class free and their packages are extremely reasonable.  So if I’ve convinced you to try spin (yay!) I have a few tips for surviving your first class.  If you’re interested in trying a Pure Barre class, I have a few tips for your first class here.

·   It will be hard, but don’t let that discourage you.  I have absolutely no rhythm and little experience with riding bikes, so if I can do it, you can too!  There will be times (lots) throughout the class that you think you cannot physically pedal that bike one more second.  If you really need to, slow down, get a drink, catch your breath a little and keep going.  The most important thing is do not quit.

·      Dress appropriately because it will get really warm in the studio (mine heats up 5-6 degrees during a 45 minute class).  I highly recommend wearing capri or long leggings, a tank top and socks that cover the back of your ankle.  Also, wear your hair up in a bun or a braid so it stays off the back of your neck. 
  1. Bring water and lots of it.  I always bring a bottle for class and one for my drive home.   You will sweat a lot during the class and need to rehydrate yourself.  
  2.  If you have any questions – ask!  Your instructor is there to help and they are usually thrilled when someone has a question. 
  3. And last but definitely not least, have fun!  This is your time to completely zone out and focus on you. 

Even if you already have another workout routine that you like, don’t discount taking group fitness classes every once in a while.  They’re a great way to mix up your workout and challenge yourself in a different way! 

xoxo,

Kathryn