I was lucky enough to get an invitation to the ClassPass launch parties in San Francisco this week. If you’ve never heard of ClassPass before, it’s this super awesome company that has a network of great fitness studios in your city, you pay $99 a month and can take 10 classes per month at any of the studios! This is a really great option for people who want to change things up and not do the same routine day in and day out. Some days you need a good stretch and need to get those muscles long and lean with yoga, and some days you just need to spin your sorrows away (truth). With ClassPass, you can do just that and so much more! They are currently in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, and finally launched in San Francisco. Since it’s my birthday week, I had other stuff planned after work so I couldn’t make all three launch parties (sad face), but when I saw that Tuesday was at Barry’s Bootcamp, I knew had to sign up for that buttkicking on my birthday eve. I was introduced to Barry’s when I attended a fun party at the Lorna Jane store on Union Street, and a couple of their trainers were there. This was before Barry’s was even open, so everyone was intrigued! I headed over to Barry’s after work (and had to fight the crowds since Beyoncé and Jay Z were at AT&T Park that night, just blocks away), and got there a little early (like always). Signed in, put my bag in a locker and got ready for the class to start at 6:30pm. The 5:30pm class was still going on, and it was too dark in the room to see what was going on, but every once in awhile someone would come out and the music was BLARING! While I was waiting for 6:30 to roll around, I looked around and Shauna Harrison was there! I fangirled for a few minutes, tweeted/checked in and she replied to my tweet immediately. It was pretty flipping awesome. I got to meet her after following her on Twitter, IG and Facebook for awhile, and that totally made my night. When the 5:30pm class got out, they were DRENCHED in sweat, literally, and I may
or may not have had a mild panic attack that the class would be way too hard for me. Especially since everyone else waiting for the 6:30 class was teensy tiny or all muscly and I really should have second-guessed not wearing looser fitting clothes! The class is split into two groups, one on the treadmill and one on the floor. You each take turns doing a set, and then switch sides of the room. Do another set and switch again. You’re on the treadmill and floor 3 times each. I started on the floor and did what felt like a million squats with a 12 pound weight. MAN OH MAN. Then I switched to the treadmill and did whatever the heck the instructor told me to do. Increase the incline, increase the speed, increase your heartrate! Sprints, slow it down, increase again. Then it was time for the floor and we did more squats and that jazz, switched the treadmill again, etc. By the time the 3rd and last set came around (on the floor we used resistance bands – HOLY HELL!), I didn’t think I could give any more, that’s how intense it was. I’ve run over 12 half marathons, and countless shorter races. I somehow managed to PR both my 5k and 1/2 marathon time this year, and this class made me realize just how “out of shape” I am, how much more strength/core work I need and how much having a stronger body overall can really improve my running. I was sweating about 3 minutes into it. I’m pretty sure it was buns and legs day and they were DEAD after the class. I was pouring with sweat after each round (I’m a super weirdo and I love that feeling. Makes me feel super accomplished).
After the class, they had goodie bags for us, which was pretty awesome, Urban Remedy was there sampling out a few flavors of their organic juices (Watermelon Cucumber was SO good), as well as ProYo (high protein frozen yogurt) – though I had to sadly skip these samples since it has dairy in it. When I was finally able to take a look at the goodie bags, they were filled with some awesome treats: EOS lip balm, a little Birchbox sample box, water bottle, ClassPass tank top and a GoMacro macrobar (excited to try this out!)
I normally don’t tend to drift towards classes where someone is constantly yelling at you to motivate you, or make “jokes” about being on all fours with the resistance bands around one of our feet to do donkey kicks – “ladies, you should get this form right away… you know this position well!” (call me old fashioned, but I didn’t think this was funny or appropriate), but it was one heck of a work out, and I think if done once or twice a week, could really help improve my running and speed!
I’m leaving at o’dark hundred tomorrow for vacation and will have zero internet access until the 17th, so the blog will be quiet until I’m back stateside! Have a great week everyone!