As you babes know, I have been a workout class junkie for the past few years.When I first started working out I was a regular in all of NYSC's 6:30 a.m. spin classes, signing up for class made me get out of bed each morning and I loved knowing that I would see the same "regulars" in class each morning. When I joined Equinox a few years later, my love for fitness classes of all kinds truly developed and I found myself taking a class at the gym pretty much everyday, I loved everything from barre to spin to HIIT and boxing. Ultimately when I joined ClassPass my class addiction was taken to the next level and I not only was taking one or two classes a day, but I became completely dependent on classes for my workouts and to keep me on track with my fitness goals.
In and of itself, being addicted to fitness classes shouldn't be a problem (hey, if you can take aerial yoga, pilates, and bootcamp in one day, why not?!?), but over time I realized that not only had my progress plateaued but I had lost a lot of the drive and self-motivation that had excited me and brought me into the fitness scene to begin with. I knew that I needed to shake things up and make a change, and this January (and the next few months) I am re-falling in love (or falling deeper in love) with working out again by changing up my programming and trying to wean myself off the class addiction. I am hoping to prove to myself that my fitness and my workouts can still be great, without the added push, motivation, and environment of a group fitness class. I am also hoping to change my current mentality that great physical and mental results require an expensive gym class or membership (I love it, but NYC is SO expensive). So for now, this is my 2017 workout/fitness experiment.
This month my workouts can be divided into three distinct categories: (1) I started the Progress Pure Curve Guide on January 3rd and plan to complete this 12 week program in full; (2) I will continue to lift lower body in a class setting two days a week; (3) I am allowing myself one "free" class a week to take a studio fitness class with friends.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Progress Pure Curve Guide, here is a little background. The guide is twelve weeks long and is divided into three phases, each lasting four weeks. The guide has four workouts a week (those same workouts will be repeated for the four weeks of each phase, allowing me to see strength and cardio endurance progress over time) and is a combination of strength training and treadmill based cardio. I do these workouts on my own at NYSC on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, as well as one day over the weekend. I find that following a programmed workout has been allowing me to use my time at the gym efficiently and effectively and I am feeling way more sore than I had been in recent months, so I am taking that as a good sign! So far I am loving the format and difficulty of this guide and I am so excited to get out of bed in the morning and get my booty to the gym even without needing to worry about the penalty of a missed class and/or my class buddies wondering where I am. A full review and my progress photos will be posted on the blog at the end!
Attending lower body strength class two days a week will allow me to continue lifting heavy under the close supervision of a trainer and with the option of having someone available to spot me on my heavier squats as I push to increase my PR weight. This is one thing that I know I still need a class for right now (as a personal trainer is not an option right now) as I need to make sure my form is being watched closely and I'm not going to get injured as I push for heavier weights. Plus, when there is 150 lbs on your back, it's always nice having a squad cheering you on.
And lastly, my one "free" class a week, because, well, I do love group fitness and getting a good sweat in with a friend. As my workouts the remainder of the week are specifically programmed and goal oriented, I am using this freebie for anything I might enjoy without too much concern for whether it will keep me on track or be in support of specific goals. So far I have taken class at SLT, Concrete Jungle, and 305 Fitness, so if you have any other recommendations for fun and sweaty classes or want to join me for one, please let me know!
I'll keep you all posted on my progress - physical and mental - as I go through this change!