When one of your 30 Before 30 items is exercise-related, there are few better times to cross it off the list than in the new year. New year, new you…amirite?
I hear people raving about boot camp style classes like Barry’s, Soul Cycle, and Physique 57 but never really gave in myself since the class offerings are similar enough that I can’t justify the $34 price tag of these trendy single exercise gym classes. But it’s always there in the back of my mind that these classes are more fun and a better workout so I decided I’d see what all the fuss was about before I turned 30. Also, going to one of these classes was a great way to get in some exercise without dealing with the bottleneck at the gym as people try to make good on their New Year’s Resolutions.
When I added this to to the list, I assumed I would go to a more well rounded fitness class, like a Barry’s Boot Camp. I don’t care for cycling studios like Soul Cycle or Flywheel because it seems exactly the same as what I can get at Crunch and I knew so little about Barre classes that I didn’t want to dive into that. But then just two months ago a new gym called Mile High Run Club opened. It’s basically like Soul Cycle but with treadmills instead of bikes. Now THAT’s something different.
I knew exactly who I wanted to take this class with. Anne is a major runner who has completed several full and half marathons. She loves fitness and is always game to try something new. We signed up for The Dash, a 45-minute class that includes 28 straight minutes of running, followed by some strength training with kettlebells. They also offer an hour-long class called The Distance that is made up of 50 straight minutes of running and is great for distance training. Considering I hadn’t run since the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day, I’ll have to work back up to that one. The Dash was plenty of a workout so I don’t feel slighted in the least.
It’s a small gym – basic reception area, locker rooms, and the studio itself – but it’s clean and the facilities are more spa-like than utilitarian, with great smelling products. The running experience is a good one. The treadmills themselves are really nice. It was a smooth transition when increasing speed or incline and it felt a bit easier on my knees. The room is dark floors, white neon lights, and a giant clock counting down your run time. Also counting down our time was our instructor, Luke L., who was full of enthusiasm and very motivational. He paces the run at intervals, introducing hills alaong the way. Everyone in the class ran at different levels, but Luke L. pushed each runner to their personal brink. Somehow we ran our hearts out but finished with smiles on our faces, which I contibute partly to Luke L’s energy.
If you’re a member of a gym, it’s tough to spend an additional $34 per class on a regular basis, especially when that class is running…something that can be done on any old treadmill or just outside. Without the motivation of the instructors and the group training environment, treadmills can get boring and it’s just too cold to run outside in New York during the winter. Mile High Run Club is a great way for me to get in a different type of workout, especially in the cold months. I can see myself going every six weeks or so as a way to mix things up.
Date of Completion: 1/2/15