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All About Kickboxing

Category: Fitness
Class Type: Kickboxing
Location:All About Kickboxing
Teacher:Johnathan
Amount Paid: First class free
Duration: 1 hour
Website:http://www.allaboutkickboxing.com

Alongside setting so many goals for 2015- for some strange reason I have really wanted to get into kickboxing. I have also NEVER taken a class until today. So I have no clue where my sudden interest sparked from…but hey… i’ve always acted on anything that comes to my mind. Which sometimes really works out for my favor, and sometimes it does not. On this gloomy LA day…it worked in my favor. “All About Kickboxing” opened in July of 2014 and Johnathan does most of the classes and owns the place. They said evening classes were normally busy but at my 9am decision to get there…it was just him and I. So I ,more or less, had a free private with him. Do not be intimidated if this ever happens to you. It’s one of the greatest ways to learn. You get one on one attention and learn so many things that you normally wouldn’t learn right away. Now… I am no wimpy deer…but this class SLAYED me. I thought I had it, and I did not. I was toast after the jump rope warm-up. I’ll nicely state that the class was “humbling”. It was so fun and worked so many muscles in my body that aren’t used to being worked. I accept your kickboxing challenge 2015. You will not be the workout that defy’s me. ( said in a superhero voice)

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Category: fitness
Class Type: Dancebody
Locations: LBKASS The Studio- Shrewsbury NJ
Teacher: LBKass
Duration: 1 hour
Amount Paid: 1st Class Free
Website: http://www.lbkass.com

Let me lay this out on the table to start for those that know me…”LB” is my sister Lauren.

I am not writing about her studio for a favor…I’m writing about it because my sister teaches the most amazing adult dance fitness classes.
As I’ve stated before… whenever I’m unsure about the workout I often times will look at the physique of the instructor. And as you can see in the photo, my sis in in INCREDIBLE shape. She is going to kill me for announcing her age but it does nothing but solidify what I’m saying. The woman standing next to me…. is 39 years old. (please jesus let this happen to me)

She has created numerous different classes where she incorporates music’s top hits along with high energy dance moves that often time require moments of controlled muscle work.

Aside from her incredible shape, you also know she’s onto something good with the amount of people that show up. There is no sign indicating where this studio is, it’s all word of mouth. Yet the teachers and the workout have brought in an average of 30-50 students PER CLASS.
My sister should be an inspiration to all moms/ adults who are looking to be in great shape and hate the gym. It’s not impossible, you just have to find something that makes you happy.

In the basement of a church, come get sweaty with people who just love to dance.

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Category: Fitness
Class type: Spin- The ride
Location: Clementine- Fair Haven, NJ
Instructor: Effie
Class Duration: 45 min
Amount Paid: $15 single ride
Website: http://www.clementinecycling.com

During my holiday trip to Jersey and all the studio sampling I did I found so many good hidden gems. Clementine Spin Studio being one of them. Let’s start with the name being Clementine and the symbol is a piece of fruit. COULD IT GET ANY MORE DARLING??

It shares the space with another ballroom that I believe is used for fitness classes. Then right through the back door it opens up into it’s citrus world.

This studio was also a class I made my sister attend with me and at the end we were both glad we did. Effie’s playlist consisted of some Gaga mixed with some Seal. One for each of us. She also didn’t hop of her bike, so she was committed to the class like the rest of us.

The bikes weren’t uncomfortably close, AMEN. Also the distance to the ceiling is no far so when the fans come on…you can feel the wind in your hair. For people who don’t like being too hot, that’s great news.

Although Effie doesn’t have shoes to rent, she was kind enough to let me borrow her spare pair. So bring sneakers or your own spin shoes. Of course my dumbass didn’t even think about it and showed up in my gothic boots.

So if you are in Fair Haven, NJ and craving some spin… be good fruit and go to Clementine!

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Location: UFC Gym- Shrewsbury
Teacher: Glenn
Class Type: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Class Duration: 1 hour
Price: $20
Website: http://www.ufcgym.com/shrewsbury/

UFC totally describes me.

That was a joke.

And seeing a room with an actual ring and a bunch of giant bags hanging from the ceiling is something that makes me comfortable.
That, too, was a joke.

When I called that afternoon to find out about the class the gentleman on the phone told me it would be wise to show up at least 15 minutes early to get “wrapped” and to go over some punching techniques.

Yup.

I, due to my NJ schedule, was late. Off to an amazing start with that one.

He quickly wrapped my hands and while I was shaking with nerves I said “ I’m a dancer, I can pick up choreography”. What I meant to say was I could pick up a punching pattern.

My coach could care less about my choreography retaining ability. He was the real deal.

Glenn was quick to make me feel like I was ready to vomit. With a ten minute BEYOND intense warm up, I thought I had a made a mistake for coming. But after those ten minutes we focused on kicking, punching, and creating combinations of the two. Then once I was comfortable I began having the best time. Glenn would come by and give me great feedback, make sure I had it right, and then let me tire myself out. I’m sure there were times he wanted to laugh, but he didn’t. We finished the class with some wall sits, abs, and finally stretching.
I was successful in obtaining FATIGUE.

The class structure was very well written out. And as always a great teacher motivates me. Glenn could kick the bag so hard it would go SWINGING SO HIGH! When I would kick it…it would barely move.

Guess I’m not the “ultimate fighting champ” but I had such an amazing time. Even though I was scared to enter, I left wanting to come back right away.

My muscles didn’t want to but my mind did.

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Location: Pure Barre- Redbank, NJ
Teacher: Ashley
Class duration: 55 min
Price: $23 dollars for a single class ( Tons of package deals)
Website: http://purebarre.com

That little red circle got me…it got me good. CURSE YOU PURE BARRE and all the amazingness that is you!

I’ve taken Bar Method (only one time a while ago) and I used to do Cardio Barre when I first moved to LA. (Which I will be trying again for the sake of staying current with my posts and teachers in the area), but just as every studio has it’s “xfactor”, I would say that Pure Barre’s was the stretching aspect. They incorporate a mini stretch after what they like to refer to as a ________ <- (insert specific body part here) BLAST. There is no denying how creative that term is. A+ to the creator for choosing to use that word. It was a lot of small movements and repeatedly incorporating the concept of “ tucking” which when you do it a lot over the course of an hour is INCREDIBLY challenging. Again…. You guys get an A+ for that tiny burning sensation that engulfed my body. Katie was very thorough in her explanation as to what I would be expecting in class. There were quite a few first timers in there so I found her helpful and I definitely didn’t feel unprepared. She was also always in the right spot of the room so that everyone could see her. Unlike some of the classes I’ve taken I was not playing “ where’s Waldo” or “Marco polo” with the instructor. I would look up and POOF, Ashley the “pure” angel was there. Get it? Once in the carpeted room we were told to get certain pieces of equipment. That’s when we got out those little workout balls. And it was game over for these thunder thighs and me. For some reason just when I say, “ my legs are my strong point” they crumble. That they did. Today I woke up feeling like, what we like to say is, a “ new born pony”. I looked at my legs like “ whose are these?” Good job Pure Barre for making me wake up like Bambi on ice. unnamed

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Category: Fitness
Type: Circuit Training
Location: The Power Center- Redbank NJ
Teacher: Greg
Class Duration: 60 minutes
Class Price: $15
Website: http://www.njpowercenter.com//

I’ve never been to a studio like “ The Power Center”. It’s an open space … similar to the one I walked into for Amenzone in Arizona but as I walked in Greg was setting up “stations”.

He said, “ Just follow the others for the warm-up”. I may have seemed confident in that moment but when we started running laps around the room and then he changed it to high knees and I didn’t hear it…. You can imagine the embarrassment. That’s when I tried to play it cool.

Greg then went around the room describing what we would be doing at all twelve stations…yeah that’s right I said twelve.
We would do each station for what I would guess was about 60-90 seconds. Then after completing the station, as a group we would do things such as twenty pushups and 20 jump squats. Just to fuck with us some more.

Greg had a solid teaching voice and was great at encouraging us to keep going. 60-90 seconds does NOT seem long…and I realize that. So I’m not trying to sound like a pansy but it was an amazing workout in a non-heated room. With that being said the fact that I was POURING sweat so much he had to mop it up, should say how great of a workout it was.

What I also loved about this is that, with the purchase of only a few pieces of equipment, we could recreate a workout similar to this at home. Which is always AWESOME! So for those that say they “ can’t afford” to workout, I officially DO NOT believe you. Everyone can do it. Just depends on how much research you want to do. Get up and GET OUT!!!! Seriously….now.

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Today I drew a FITNESS card

Category: Fitness
Class Type: Hot Yoga
Location: Yoga for the People NYC- 38th Street
Teacher: Holly
Class Duration: 90 min
Price: $7 (EVERYTIME)
Website: http://yogatothepeople.com/new-york/

When I first started taking from Yoga for the People it was held in a little crummy building. Classes were always crazy cheap but the price does not reflect the quality of teachers or the dedications of the students.

In fact, I would say that some of students may even love it more that usual. I feel like the cost of living in the city is so expensive which makes paying for fitness even more difficult. So here comes a brand that offers you a class for $7 , finally allowing those who have wanted to practice an affordable way to do so.

During this trip to NYC I had googled the 38th street location, which was closest to my hotel, and upon finding the building I then realized the company has had quite the renovation. Not in price or intention, but simply in the space.
They were in a beautiful studio with a front desk and all. (Something they did not have before).

Yoga for the People offers both a 60-minute class and a 90 minute class. As you can see above, I took the 90 min. It has similar qualities of Bikram yoga (being 26 postures) but they incorporate a few different postures in the midst of the series and a flow as well.

For those of you in the city or just visiting, I would suggest taking from this amazing company that started for the sole purpose of what yoga was created for.

Ps- In the photo I was throwing up peace fingers since the concept of “peace” goes in yoga…but I think she thought I was trying to do the usual “duck face” . It’s ok, I’m glad she wanted to play.

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Today I drew a FITNESS card

Category: Fitness
Type: Half Marathon
Location: Long Beach
Duration: 2:20

On a random Friday morning I said “ I would like to run a half marathon soon” and within the hour I was signed up to run one that Sunday. “That Sunday” meaning two days from the original idea.

So it was decided. Long beach “ Rockin the Beach half marathon” Would be made into my bitch that Sunday. (Or better yet it would make me into it’s puppy) <- if you didn’t laugh at that, you should re-read it and try again. With no training at 7 am the race began. There was only a small group of us but my main goal was just to finish and to not stop. Even if the jogging became more of a speed walk, I was going to do it. The course was simple. It was 3.25 miles out and then back. x2 The path was right along the beach and on the boardwalk. Making the view not too shabby. Around mile 10 that’s when you start to look up and ask “ why?” to the greater powers but by that point you are on your way home with nothing but the finish line in site. Two hours and twenty minutes later I was crossing that finish line. With a shooting pain in the back of my knees and a smile on my face I received my medal. Even though it was basically a “participation” medal, my heart was happy. That’s what it’s always about. photo 3