Last night I got a little wild, wild!, and decided to try some new classes at the NYSC gym after work. The first class was at 6:30–Club Abs, and then directly after at 7–Cardio Rope Circuit. I had no idea what cardio rope circuit meant, but what the hell.
I got to the gym a little early for the class, so I was one of those people who stand in line outside the room of the class until it starts. I hate those people. So eager to be first in the room and get your spot. Calm down people! But, that wasn’t my motivation. Just early.
As I sat there watching the rest of the gym sweat it up on treadmills and ellipticals, two things happened. 1) I started to wish I could just leave the gym, go outside and run. Just straight up run wherever I want for as long as I want on my own schedule. I’m really starting to miss that freedom. 2) I started to fall asleep. I was nodding forward every few minutes, and it was a little ironic to be sleeping in a gym. Funny.
Anyway, on to the class reviews.
Let me introduce the 14th St. NYSC nazi trainer. I don’t know his name, but he’s very serious about kicking your ass. Three minutes into class my abs were burning and threatening to tear. I rarely get that feeling when I do ab workouts (read: I never do ab workouts). We did a series of crunches in the standard crunch position and he really had us focus on our form and breathing. The key is to suck your bellybutton into your back (that sounds gross, but you know what I’m saying) every time you’re about to come up into a crunch. This engages your muscles hardcore. He would reprimand the room on everyone’s form, but realized at one point he was really just talking to me–apparently elbows should not be past your ears. Got it. We did some targeted oblique moves, and bicycle crunches. He motivated us to keep going and give it everything we had, which helped me push through. The end of class was rounded out with a lower back series to strengthen the body’s core holistically. Well thought out ab master. I will try to do this class every week. Maybe I’ll get some definition. That would be saweet.
Cardio Rope Circuit:
Re-enter ab nazi, and give him a jump rope. Really, same guy. As soon as we started warming up, I couldn’t keep the jump rope going. I was tripping, and then restarting every 5 jumps. I feel like I needed a personal warm-up window where I could mess up for 10 minute until I got the hang of it better, and then I could’ve maybe rocked it. But, that didn’t happen. When the real workout started I put the rope down and went SANS ROPE in the jump rope class. It’s not like there were other people doing that too, more like I was the lone loser with an invisible rope. But you know what? That’s cool.
Even sans rope (I really like the word sans) this class was a really, really good workout. The combo of jumping up and down non-stop and using your shoulders and arms to keep the jump rope going is a one-two punch. I had my hands going in the motion the whole time as if I was keeping my rope in motion–when I stopped my hands it wasn’t nearly as good of a workout. I was definitely sweating too, which is a good sign of butt kicking. We did different kinds of jumping techniques–twisting our legs side to side, scissor landings, jumping forward and backward. There was a chick in front of me who was crossing her jump rope and jumping double high–like really getting air. Clearly a past gymnast. Damn.
Halfway through class we put the ropes down and did some circuit training: pushups, scissor jumps with our hands on the floor, side jumps w/ hands on the floor (I’m sure there’s a proper name for these) followed by more pushups. Then finished up with 15 more minutes of jumping. Ultimately, I don’t know if I’ll seek this class again with a passion, but I’d do it again maybe.
I am sore. And I love it. Let’s see what comes next on this fitness mission.