Hi friends! Happy Friday! Today I wanted to chat about my recent workouts, as there’s been a bit of an update.
On Tuesday I had another appointment with my doctor to check the progress of my foot recovery after my surgery. I was really hoping he would give me the all-clear to start running and jumping again, but unfortunately he’s making me wait another six weeks. Boo. On the up side, he did clear me for more intense exercises like spinning and using the elliptical, so I decided to sign back up for ClassPass and get my sweat on again! (He also cleared me to wear heels to a wedding I’m attending at the end of April. Woohoo!)
As some of you may remember, I had a free month of ClassPass membership back in October after attending and blogging about their DC launch.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with ClassPass, it’s essentially an alternative to a gym membership that allows you access to a variety of boutique fitness classes in more than a dozen cities nationwide (check out the full list of cities here). There are more than 1,000 classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more.
ClassPass is $99 a month, and allows members to take unlimited classes at studios within the ClassPass network. It’s worth pointing out that while a member can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can only visit the same studio three times per month. Overall I think it’s a pretty good deal, and it’s definitely cheaper than paying a drop-in fee each time.
Since I won’t be running for at least another month, I thought this would be a perfect time to check out some of the spin/barre/yoga/pilates studios that DC has to offer.
First up was a class with Barre Tech in Clarendon on Wednesday morning. I actually had taken a short class with Barre Tech last summer during the Washingtonian Fit Fest, where they handed out a free pair of their grippy socks. I’ll admit I felt pretty cool walking into my first class there already owning a pair of their socks. 😉
Before I headed over to the studio I made sure to read the class’ review on The Fit Crasher so I would know what to expect. The post was super helpful, and if I hadn’t read it I think I would have had a hard time finding the studio and parking lot. (P.S. Now that I’m back to doing more studio workouts, I plan to jump back into blogging over at The Fit Crasher soon. Stay tuned!)
I arrived at the studio a few minutes before the 6:00 am start time, and while I grabbed my weights and ball I told the instructor about my foot injury. She showed me some modifications I could make if I needed to, but said that for the most part she didn’t think my foot would be a problem. Woohoo!
The class itself was really good, and although I missed the feeling of getting a sweaty cardio workout, I really enjoyed the burn in all of my muscles instead. I definitely felt like I worked my whole body, and my muscles were shaking and quaking during various sequences. I know barre is really good for toning/shaping your muscles, so I’m trying not to dwell too much on the fact that I miss boot camps and running.
Then last night, I hit up Edge yoga for a class with Anne! Technically this class wasn’t part of ClassPass (we took Mark’s mixed levels yoga class) but there are plenty of other classes at Edge that are on ClassPass that I plan to take advantage of now that I’m signed back up.
Once again I really enjoyed Mark’s class and teaching style (you can read my full review of his class here) and he even helped me get into the headstand pose that Anne perfected long ago!
(This is an older pic of Anne doing the headstand last time we went together.)
Anne said that she started learning the pose the same way, and she thinks that within a few more classes I can have it mastered. Sweet!! I can’t wait. 🙂
After yoga we had a nice dinner together at SweetLeaf (aka fake SweetGreen) where we chowed down on some tasty salads.
Anne opted to make her own salad, while I ordered the Asian chicken salad without the crispy wontons. My salad was pretty good but hers looked way better; I think next time I’ll make my own too. 😉
Anyway, I’m so excited to be back on my ClassPass membership so I can try out new studios in the DC area. Next week I have a spin class scheduled at Revolve and a power yoga class scheduled at Core Power Yoga with a couple of my old coworkers who are also on ClassPass. Can’t wait!
Note: If you sign up for ClassPass before March 24 using this link, you’ll get a $25 credit to your account! Awesome deal!
*Disclaimer: this post was not sponsored in any way, but does include affiliate links. All opinions, as always, are my own. Thank you for your support.*
Question of the day: Which do you prefer – boot camps, running, spin class, pilates, yoga, or barre?