Yikes, it’s been a month since I’ve last updated… mahh bad.
Anyway, I wanted to share something with you guys that I shared with my gfs earlier this week. As part of my new years resolution (“get hot or die tryin”) my sister and I decided to workout daily or twice daily. It’s been 3 months and we’re still going strong. This is more of a lifestyle change than a resolution as I’m hoping it will stick. I’ll revisit this a year from today to let you know if I’ve become morbidly obese or actually stuck with it.
So, we currently have a gym membership at NYSC across the street from where we live. We use the gym quite frequently and attend some of the classes (Zumba, Total Body Conditioning, Vinyasa Yoga) offered there as well. We also run along the West Side Highway to take our workout outdoors.
About a month ago our good friend Manisha, who is big on working out too, told us to try Doonya (bollywood dance and fitness nonsense). After weeks of telling us about the Doonya class, a bunch of us (guys and girls) decided to join her.
Thoughts on Doonya - super fun, great workout, sweating up a storm. The music was sooooooooo good. It had more of a hip hop/dance sound to it than your traditional bollywood music. I highly recommend the class run by Rohan on Saturdays. He’s a great instructor, dresses well, and has a nice voice. The class is $25/session (I think?) or $150/month unlimited. Of course, I said “f that sh*t! I ain’t paying when I have a gym membership” so Manisha told us to try Classtivity. Her good friend started it and it’s available in select cities.
Classtivity is similar to OpenTable where you can review classes and reserve it for a specific time (as classes are limited in size). My sister and I bought the Classtivity passport which gives you 10 classes for $49 (a steal!). The catch? You can only try a class ONCE. The idea is that if you love a certain class, you may want to sign up for it monthly or whaterver going forward. Doonya is a class offered as part of Classtivity. There are other classes that we’ve tried (Uplift, Ballet, Aerial Yoga, Broadway Cardio, etc) that are usually $25-$40/session, but as part of the “passport” we got to try it for less than $5!! That’s less than a Big Mac meal (incl taxes)!! Classes take place at various studios in the city.
If you want to give it a go, click here to sign up for the Classtivity passport. Unfortunately, the passport is only available in NYC but Classtivity itself is offered in various cities.
I feel like I’m selling you guys hard on this. Haha. I’m really not…it has just been somewhat life changing and I feel grrrrrrrrreat so wanted to share it with you. However, I’ve never been so bruised and banged up in my life. But these damn endorphins from the workouts are great…I’m so freakin happy lately.
Here are my thoughts on some of the classes I’ve taken with the Classtivity passport:
1. Doonya - Super fun and easy to follow. Rohan, Kajal, and Priya are the instructors I recommend, though all are pretty good. Classtivity will show who the instructor is when you reserve it. You can go barefoot, wear socks, or gym shoes.
2. Kettlebell Kickboxing - Honestly, too effing hardcore. My sister puked after the class and I wasn’t really able to walk for a day. Lol. Great if you’re up for a challenge.
3. Broadway Cardio - AMAZZZZZZZZZING if you are into Broadway music. Sweated my ass off, learned dance moves, did a lot of stretching and aerobic exercises to awesome music. Who doesn’t love to stretch to Rent’s “Seasons of Love”?? The instructor is super nice. My sister and I were cheesing the entire time during class. Such a happy and fun class.
4. Uplift - Strength/Cardio - Tabata (interval) style workouts. Effing hardcore but you totally feel the burn and you feel great when you leave. Only 4 to a class which is nice b/c you get that special attention. The Uplift studio is on 23rd st and is a females only studio. Probably one of the nicest studios I’ve been to in the city. I love this type of workout. Total body conditioning.
5. Ballet for Beginners - I suck at ballet. I landed on my left pinky toe while doing a jump and was limping for half a day. These betches were NOT beginners. They were pretty good. Wear ballet shoes or just socks (most of them wear ballet shoes and are in ballet gear). My sister came out of the class saying “Some of these girls aren’t even good and are only here so they can dress up in ballet gear.” Word.
6. Aerial Yoga - Cirque du Soleil shit. “Anti-gravity” yoga using aerial silks. My sister was doing the swinging move and swung into the studio wall and broke the outlet plate fixture. Lol. We hung upside down for awhile and I experienced a bit of motion sickness. It’s amazing what your body can do. I felt nauseous for hours after the class and lost my appetite for several hours, but felt great in the morning. Give it a go if you haven’t already. I’m so proud of us for doing this. I love how at the end of all yoga sessions they tell you to “thank your body” — Well “THANK YOU, LAN! THANK YOU!” *patting myself on the back*
(We actually did this move. I had to ask the instructor to hand me my leg b/c I couldn’t reach. Haha)
7. Pole Dancing for Beginners - The only workout class where they encourage you to wear makeup and leave your hair down. No joke. This class was held at Body and Pole. I’m sure some of you have done this before but damn, my sister and I got OWNED in this class. The pole was not our friend. Our shins and knees are sooo bruised. I happened to know the hot instructor! Most random thing ever as we both went to college together. She’s this super cute Filipino girl with so much sex appeal. Imagine doing this workout in heels! I have a newfound respect for strippers. RESPECT *pounds fist to chest*
8. COREdio Dance Party - Where Zumba meets Pilates..sorta. The music was soooooooooo old. I’m talking “Rockin’ Robin” and “Shout” old. They did have a bit of old school Britney Spears which I appreciated. It was fun but my sister and I wish it was a bit more challenging.
We have just 2 more classes left until our passport expires. Ahhh…I’m going to miss it, but this will give me the opportunity to try out the other classes at NYSC that I’ve been meaning to try for quite some time now.
I do have one more review that’s not included as part of the Classtivity passport.
Soulcycle - I’ve never been the spinning type as my ass hurts from sitting on a bike for too long. A gf asked me the other day if I’ve ever done Soulcycle and I told her “no, my ass hurts from sitting on a bike for too long.” Haha. However, last night, my friend Meredith wasn’t able to make it to her Soulcycle class which she reserved ahead of time and gave me her reservation. Mere, thanks for bike #50! I heard that celebs are often times spotted at Soulcycle so of course I showed up with a cute bun and light makeup just in case (you never know! haha). Dude, this workout was intense. They work your entire body - legs, ass, arms, abs, etc. The music was AMAZZZZZING. I was telling the girls “I want Soulcycle to dj at my wedding!” (Note: I am not getting married anytime soon). When I arrived at the studio, I checked in and rented shoes as certain shoes are required to clip into the bike. They also give you SmartWater. Fancy. I brought my own water. Anyway, the studio resembles a club. If I weren’t clipped into the bike, I would’ve walked over to the instructor platform to dance. Never sweated so much in my life. Felt great coming out of the class and went home to look up the Soulcycle soundtrack. I say it’s worth the investment if you’re into spinning in a badass club-like environment.
Honestly, 5 days of juice cleansing will “skinny” you out and get you ready for a big event (I still LOVE cleansing by the way) but there’s something to be said about this eat healthy/workout bullshit. You just feel good all the time.
Cheers to working out for vanity, not sanity!! Jk.
Have a happy and healthy year folks!