Finally, an Advanced run that I was able to complete in accordance with the instructions! Meg Takacs’ Running for Recovery is a flat run that takes you through various speeds, working up from 7.0 to 9.0 in varying intervals. Over the course of the 32 minutes, I was exhausted and wasn’t sure if I would make it through. But don’t fear — Meg’s encouragement will help!
Were you a 90s kid? Born in 1991, I definitely was. While I was pretty nerdy and spent a lot of time reading the encyclopedia (but actually), my (much cooler) sister LOVED N’Sync. Whether I liked it or not, I grew up with the dulcet sounds of boy bands in the background. So when Erin came out with her Backstreet Run, I HAD to do it — especially since it was right in time for Back Day.
Sultan Malik is known for his “beastly” workouts, and Back of a Beast was no exception. Coming from Conbody, a prison-style boot camp studio on the Lower East Side, Sultan knows how to kick his students into gear. In only around 20 minutes, Back of a Beast left me sore — but not sorry.
From Live Classes to Aaptiv
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that my initial fitness journey started with a new job. After almost two years of four-hour round trips to and from work, I was thrilled to start working in an office only a few subway stops from my apartment. Losing the long commute gave me new flexibility and allowed me to build a fitness routine that was largely based on attending classes, first at Evolve Fitness and subsequently at Equinox. And, for a while, this worked for me! I lost over 30 pounds and gained a love for working out. So why did I move over to Aaptiv?
With another new job, beginning this past February, began another adjustment period. With two Equinox locations within five blocks of my office, I started working out during lunchtime. Once I became more mindful of the time I was spending on my workouts, I realized that many group fitness classes only involve 25 minutes of work, even though 45 minutes are allotted. With only a strict 60 minutes to exercise, and armed with a fitness tracker for the first time, I realized that I would get more bang for my buck if I worked out on my own than if I attended classes.