Spin & Yoga All-In-One!

Last week I attended a Studio Spin class for the first time, I’ve gone to many spin classes before, but not like this one!

The class consisted of 45 minutes of Spin (with Julie) and 30 minutes of Yoga (with Abby). Two classes, for the price of one! Not only were both classes amazing, but the instructors have the best energy!

This class is located in Northfield (right before the Willow Rd highway entrance), so I was bit a worried that due to the age group being slightly ‘less young’ in the suburbs than a city class, that the intensity wouldn’t be there. Although there was a mix of different age groups in the class,  Julie didn’t slow down for anyone! She also mixed up the music to appeal to all of us, which I always appreciate.

Julie was very clear with instructing us on what we should be doing at any particular moment, which really helps me from just riding like a crazy person! The more verbal my teacher is on what we should be doing the better! I also loved that  if your form wasn’t right, Julie would hop off her bike and help you get into the proper position. Another huge A+, so many teachers forget how important form is!

Julie’s class was a classic HIIT class (high intensity interval training). There would be periods of intense energy, followed by periods of rest. I can never keep up with instructors who don’t let your heart rate slow down at one point or another!

After spinning I took Yoga with Abby – it was the perfect complement to cycling. After putting so much stress on my body it was nice to take some time to wind myself down, quiet my mind, and stretch out! Abby was super sweet and did a great job guiding the class through various poses/stretches. She was very attentive and walked around the room – physically helping you to have proper form.

By the end of class I was definitely relaxed, refreshed, and ready to take on the rest of my day! I highly recommend anyone who is looking for a cycle/yoga combo to attend this class!

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Find a Dope DJ and Keep Coming Back

I ask people all the time what their favorite fitness studio is or their favorite class and I always get the same responses.

‘You have to go to Barry’s it’s insane’ or ‘I live for Soul Cycle’. Those statements make me cringe because it sounds like they are being more of a ‘brand whore’ than really understanding what makes a class awesome.

Let’s be real, Soul Cycle is spinning on a stationary bike, just like Flywheel, or Peloton and Barry’s is just a treadmill and some weights just like Shred & Torch. What REALLY makes those classes great, is the instructor leading you through the class.

It isn’t the brand name, fancy smoothies, nice showers, or brand new equipment that get the job done (although those things don’t hurt) it is the energy and motivation that comes from the instructor, or as I like to call them, the DJ’s of class.

MORAL of the story: Don’t focus on finding a studio you love, focus on finding a ‘DJ’ that you love and build a rapport with them. Ultimately that relationship will keep bringing you back to class, encouraging you to push harder every time, and most importantly make class more exciting and fun. 

Sweat for thought.

xx

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Hi-Def with Elli Gotlieb

eli 2Whenever I will try a new workout class, I’ll usually try it once or twice and then decide if the class is worth it to me. A few things that make it ‘worth it’ are:

  • The teachers energy and motivation
  • The actual makeup of the class, tempo, level of difficulty, etc.
  • The music

One class that keeps me coming back every week, and sometimes twice a week, is Elie’s Gotlieb’s HI DEF class at Studio 3 on Clark St.

Not only do I want to look like Elli (she has rocking bod), but her personality and group facilitation skills are out of this world. Her classes work you to the MAX, she plays awesome music that I end up downloading and ask my Uber driver to play, and she never skips a beat in the routine to keep you working hard. The time passes in a flash.

Her Thursday PM and Saturday AM classes are my favorite, one preparing me for the weekend and the other detoxing the tequila shots from Friday night.

So what is it exactly that makes Elli’s HI DEF class at Studio 3 so great?

  • Whether it is your first or 100th class, it never gets easy and it’s never the same
  • Her energy, I swear she works as hard as us facilitating the class
  • The class is heated, but not unbearable (and she knows when to open the door to let a cool breeze in!)
  • There are different options for band strength and the ability to grab different size weights (this helps you challenge yourself week over week)
  • The grand finale of each class is a partner challenge with a fellow HI DEFFER or we have a friendly competition by row that puts a smile on your face, followed up high fives and fist pumps.
  • Elli always encourages a moment of relaxation and stretching before class is over
  • I’m ALWAYS sore the next day, but ALWAYS want to come back for more

So, if you are ever in the neighborhood and want to try something new and exciting that will leave you feeling like you accomplished, lean and ready to take on the world, take a HI DEF class at Studio 3.

I promise you won’t be sorry!

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The Expense of that Beach Bod

Belonging to a gym is pretty inexpensive; some are as low as $40 a month. The only problem is you get what you pay for…

A large gym, with a bunch of machines, and zero direction. If you don’t go in there with your own plan and self-motivation to ‘get it done’ you most likely will walk on the treadmill for 30 mins and do some abs before grabbing a $9 smoothie on the way out (that definitely has more calories than what you burned).

So what is the alternative? Answer: Boutique fitness studios. AKA being trapped in a room for 45 mins to an hour with an instructor (y)telling you want to do and motivating you to do it!

Hm, there must be a catch! Well there is…

The catch is pretty big, classes run anywhere from 25 – 35 dollars EACH! Do the math on this one – If you want to work out say 4 times a week, that is at a minimum $400 dollars a month and as much as $560! So you just went from spending $40 to $560 a month! On top of that, there are all these other ‘hidden’ charges:

  • Mat fee
  • Towel fee
  • Late Cancel Fee
  • No Show Fee

You could end up spending close to $700 a month on working out. So how do we get the benefits of the boutique fitness world, while not spending our rent money? Here are a few ways:

  • Buy a class package (you’ll end up saving a few bucks a class)
  • Buy an unlimited package if the gym offers it (you could spend as little as $9 a class if you go enough times a week)
  • Always bring your own mat and towel if the studio doesn’t provide
  • Always remember to bring your own water bottle
  • Work at the front desk a few days a week, you only need to put in a few hours and you will get heavily discounted classes (if not free)
  • If you might not be able to make a class, cancel it before the 12 hour window (you can always rebook)
  • If you miss a class, for whatever reason, try to send an email explaining what happened – sometimes gyms accommodate (and you save $25)

Some people may be turned off by the fact that fee’s are charged for cancelled classes, but I have to say it keeps me from exiting stage left last minute. These classes hold me accountable!

Not only is it not easy to get that beach bod, but it also isn’t easy to fund it. Hopefully you can find your happy medium!

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