On Sunday August 28th, Tone House hosted its first annual Tone House Games event. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Tone House, this boutique NYC gym is better described as an athletic training facility equipped with more equipment and fitness toys than could possibly be utilized in any one class, or maybe any one week of classes. Tone House is self-described as the first-ever extreme, athletic based group fitness studio aimed at unleashing the inner athlete in everyone. Each class is a challenging and adrenaline pumping session on the gym’s signature black turf.
Founder and Director of Training, Alonzo Wilson, along with his team of coaches, is always looking for new ways to push his clients to new limits and creating workouts that in his words “are gonna be fun.” Needless to say, when Tone House announced their first ever games, I knew I had to compete to see what Alonzo and his team had come up with this time.
The morning of the 28th, the female competitors hit the turf for the gym’s signature warm up before jumping into the competition’s events. Over the next two hours we competed in events that challenged our cardio endurance, strength, and mental stamina. While the events were far more challenging than many of us had anticipated, and while this was indeed a competition, what struck me the most about this event was the team spirit and support for one another that each female competitor brought to the turf that day. We cheered and encouraged one another through each event, even when each of us ourselves was drained and struggling to recover and mentally prepare for the next event. While this competition was one of the more difficult physical feats I have accomplished, what I will remember most about this event was how I was surrounded and motivated by athletes that pushed me to run harder, keep going and be better even when I thought I didn’t have much left in the tank.
The spirit that the women’s competitors brought to the day’s event was due in large part to the enthusiasm and support of the Tone House coaches and staff. I want to extend a huge thank you to the team for putting on this event, always pushing us to new limits, and creating a community where this type of athleticism and team spirit exists. After experiencing the Games, I am excited to see what the team comes up with next! Hopefully my legs will have recovered by then!