Week 2! Aside from the humbling #sweatyselfies that I’ve been posting on Instagram, showing me looking…less than glamorous, I am loving my new workouts! You can read about my experience during week 1 here. So far this week I have gone to a different studio class every day! (I am so sore!) The deal with StudioHop is that you get unlimited classes at some of the top studios in Dallas (and Austin) for $100 per month. (PS. StudioHop’s summer promo is almost over- buy two months, get one free!) Most of the participating studios offer unlimited classes to their members for over $200- yikes! I’m having a blast trying out new studios and mixing up my routine with different workouts that I’ve been scared to try on my own. I also really like that I have to reserve a spot in each of the classes, because it plan my workout ahead of time. No more excuses for not making it to the gym.
I’ll give you the breakdown of my workouts and favorite instructors so far this week!
Monday: Pure Barre Preston Hollow with instructor and owner Britta Noble. This studio is so convenient because it’s right up the street from my house. If I ever feel compelled to take a morning class (not likely), it will probably be here so I don’t have to fight traffic. Pure Barre’s motto is “Lift. Tone. Burn.” and we definitely did all of those things. During the 6o minute class, we used a small set of hand weights and a stretchy band (what do they call those?), plus a super-cushy mat towards the end of class; I picked a spot in the corner of the dimly lit, mirrored room and jokingly told the ladies around me “don’t judge! I’m new!” They laughed and assured me that I would be fine…I half believed them. By the end of the workout, I was dripping sweat (picture: that man on the treadmill at the gym flinging sweat with every move. yeah, that was me while trying to hold plank position for an extended period) and struggling through the last few minutes of stretching. Stretching! I need to start washing my makeup off before these workouts, because I’m turning shirts brown when I wipe the sweat off my face. Must remember to start bringing a towel. I’ll come back for more barre classes, because when I woke up on Tuesday, I was sore in places that I didn’t know could be sore. Success!
Tuesday: Social Mechanics with instructor Rob. I think this is the workout that I have been most nervous about to-date and probably needs the most explanation. I mean, what is “social mechanics?!” I had no clue what I was walking into, but I picked a 4:30pm class, and walked into the industrial-feeling space next door to everyone’s favorite rooftop on Lower Greenville: HG Supply Co. (how convenient for a healthy meal post-workout!). Bonus: they’re owned by the same people! I was greeted by Rob, the instructor, who assured me that I would be fine. I was also greeted by a pregnant woman who told me not to worry because she still did the workouts (what?! amazing). I met the group as a whole, because they all seemed to already know each other- no strangers here; thank goodness there was another new girl for me to compete with (I’m competitive!). Besides having an amazing space, complete with roll-up store front which gave superb natural light, Social Mechanics is all about a group workout…go figure. You interact with the people in your class to motivate each other to do more, go harder, and finish strong. We started the workout with a warmup 200m run + 10 jumping jacks + 10 sit-ups + 10 kettle bell swings. They might have called those exercises something else, but that’s what I’m calling them. We did that 3 times. As the warmup. I’ve probably had days at the gym where that would have been my whole workout. Instructor Rob was great and explained things to me as we went, making sure that I was comfortable and knew what I was doing with correct form. One of the first things he asked me was “when was the last time you worked out?” Ummm ouch, bro… it was yesterday, actually! Again, dripping sweat seemed to be a theme here; it’s tough to make people believe you when your words say “I’m good!” but your face says “I’m struggling to survive right now!” We did a few sets of push press and some rowing intervals. I’m not sure if you know what that means (I didn’t), but all you need to know is that it means that my shoulders were super sore the next day. I really enjoyed the group dynamic and being allowed to talk during a workout (sometime Pilates studios are too quiet for me!); I’ll be back soon.
Wednesday: Group Reformer Pilates at Fitnz360 with instructor Carol. After enjoying my first reformer class last week, I thought I would try reformer again at a different studio. Turns out, there are a ton of different styles of reformer pilates. The class I went to was small, aka only one other person besides myself, but that gave me more individualized attention, so it was a positive. Instructor Carol was super nice and made sure I was injury-free before beginning class; when I told her that my shoulders were sore from Tuesday’s workout, she modified some exercises for me, which I appreciated. The Deep Ellum location was a bit out of the way for me, but I wanted to give it a shot anyway. I probably won’t visit again just because of location, but it could be convenient for a lunch time class if you work in downtown Dallas.
Overall: I’m sore, but having a great time. Last Sunday was just a “blah” day for me, but after my workout on Monday, I felt amazing. Endorphinssss! I love that I’ve already had a few people tell me they’re joining StudioHop so we can workout together! Yay!