Last week I had the opportunity to try a few more classes through ClassPass. I realized that my membership would be over on 2/26 so I started planning out a schedule to make the most of it. The weather last week made things a little tricky. I had signed up for a cycle class last Tuesday but it was cancelled due to snow. I also had to plan around PT which I had on Monday and Wednesday last week. So I ended up taking pilates on Thursday, a total body conditioning class at Friday morning, and hot yoga after work on Friday afternoon. I thought I would share a little bit about the new-to-me classes for Tried It Tuesday! (Thanks, Sara!)
Mat Pilates at Ojas Wellness Center
I was a little nervous to attend a pilates class since I have done videos at home and really struggled with some of the exercises. When I arrived at the studio I had a little trouble finding the area where the class would be held, so I walked into the room right before the class was about to start. I would have liked to have a few more minutes to get comfortable, but I also had to fill out paperwork up front before going into the room.
The instructor was really nice and helped me get set up. She showed me that we would be using a mat, a long foam roller, a ball, and a blanket.
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We did a warm up and then mostly focused on the core and glutes. Some of the exercises were barre-style and at the end of the class the instructor explained that it was sort of a fusion class (not traditional pilates). However, some of the exercises were different than what I have been doing in barre and challenged me in a good way.
I knew I would be sore from the class, and by the weekend I could feel it in my abs, hips, and hamstrings!
Total Body Impact at Reflex Fitness
I attended a 6am class at Reflex Fitness, a new “Functional Fitness” studio in the Federal Hill/Locust Point area in Baltimore. This is one of the few studios where I can go in the morning before work because it’s only about a 10 minute drive from where I live. Unfortunately, I picked the coldest morning ever to sign up for this class so trying to get my car to warm up at 5:45am was not fun.
From the Reflex Fitness website
I had no idea what to expect from this class, and was a little nervous for this as well because I don’t really do total body workouts besides body pump (which is choreographed).
The class started with a brief warm-up of jumping jacks and burpees. We then did a circuit where each person had a specific exercise assigned and then we rotated. There were probably about 20 of us in the class, which meant 20 type of exercises. (Things like push-ups on a bosu, chest presses, burpees, squat jumps, jump-roping, etc). I am pretty sure that some of the “minutes” were really closer to two minutes. We did the circuit twice and ended with a cool down.
I felt like I got a good workout in (a nice mix of cardio and strength) while also working out in a different way than I am used to.
Also, it was in the same shopping center as Starbucks, so obviously I had to stop there on my way home:)
Overal thoughts: While I really enjoyed both of these classes, I’m not sure I could make a commitment to attend either regularly. I think I need to be able to go to a gym that has everything (including a treadmill for when I’m desperate). I also don’t think I would go often enough since I am usually running more than I did last week.
Have you tried any new workouts lately?
Do you like pilates classes?
Ever take total-body conditioning classes?