I’ve failed at most of my long runs lately, not because I can’t go the distance, but because I am bored AF. I thought after ironman training that I’d feel a little burnt out, but it turns out that I’m burnt to a crisp. I think it’s normal, but that doesn’t make it any easier or help me feel any better, if I’m being honest. Who wants to be “normal”? It’s a bad word in our household. I’m being serious. So, I’m changing it up a little by trying some different fitness classes in NYC through ClassPass.
I bought a $19 (discounted) month of ClassPass in the beginning of September. It’s a subscription-based app that gives you access to x number of fitness classes per month (x depends on your plan). Mine included 5 classes in one month for $19, which is usually $75.
If you’re someone who would prefer to take classes at a boutique fitness studio rather than having a gym membership, ClassPass enables you to do that at a bit of a discount. Here’s what it looks like in your browser. The app is well-designed and easy to use!
Pilates @ Ballet Academy East
So far, I’ve completed 3 classes, the most recent of which was a Pilates mat class at the Ballet Academy East, a few blocks from my apartment. Admittedly, I have tried Pilates before, but despite my own mother being a skilled Pilates instructor, I am very much a beginner.
The instructor was a 56-year-old former dancer who could still do the splits. I know because she was complaining about how tight her hamstrings were, but how she could still do a split, and proceeded to show us. I have never been able to do the splits. When I was 8 years old, I was close, but it’s only gone downhill from there. I guess I’m aging.
Two other students were in the class, both women, probably in their late 50s or early 60s. I came to find out that one of them would attend her actual workout later that day. This was some sort of warm-up, I guess. The other woman didn’t appear to be a dancer, but she’d clearly attended about 50 more Pilates classes than I had. So, yeah, this would be fun.
The class was challenging, but we soon established that my hamstrings were super tight and the instructor was really accommodating. Anyway, the point of this story is to tell you what I learned, which is 1) you are most certainly NOT too old to start a fitness routine, and 2) what makes our bodies effective in one sport (say running) does not necessarily translate to another (Pilates).
I walked out of there feeling about an inch taller and far more limber.
The Distance @ Mile High Run Club
The morning before, I took a treadmill running class at Mile High Run Club in the East Village. Despite not being much of a treadmill lover, I decided to take the class because Michael was teaching and the kids are with my parents this week (party!!).
Michael is one of the most creative people I know and his classes show it. There is a theme for every class – it’s a race, often a marathon or half marathon, but sometimes something shorter. So, after warming up, you spend time during the main set doing race-specific training, including hills, speed, tempo, etc. Then, you get a little bit of active recovery before you are dropped into a 5-minute race simulation. Michael ties it all together with music that relates to the theme, too.
Michael chose The Big 5 marathon in Johannesburg, South Africa for Wednesday’s class. I was pretty touched because he started mentioning things like, “runners run with the animals”, and “you have to work your way out of a valley or ‘rut’ just like in real life”. And I felt like he was talking to me. I mean, I am definitely the only animal-lover, who is currently working her way out of a rut, right? Lol. I’m kidding, but I did ask him later and he fessed up to choosing the race with me in mind. Yeah, he’s pretty cool. <3
I encourage you to try ClassPass, if you live in a city where it is offered! You can sign up here (they usually have good introductory deals)! I think it can be a great tool for when you’re feeling burnt out or just need to add some cross-training into your routine.
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