Yes, when I travel I get fitness in somehow, even if it means dragging 3 of my best girlfriends with me all over the city! Before heading to NYC I had a few places in mind I was dying to try and I made sure we booked them in advance to ensure we got in. In addition to classes we walked almost everywhere. Sadly I did not have a fitbit on because surely we had to have hit 15-20,000 steps everyday. So here it goes our 2 day fitness breakdown...
Day 1: My own personal version of a triathlon was done this day: Run, Spin, and Pilates.
6:30am wakeup and head out for a 4 mile run through beautiful central park. Our location was perfect about 1/4 of a mile from the park, we ran through the park with 100s of other runners and headed back to Rockefeller Plaza to meet our other friends where they were watching the Today show. We grabbed them and headed to SoulCycle for a heart pumping spin-dance party! The music was awesome and the instructor had amazing energy. Class finished with a spin/dance party to Whitney Houston's, "I want to dance with somebody" and we all walked out with feeling energized for the day. Post class we grabbed awesome smoothies (you'll learn all about that on the food recap) and we got ready to take the subway to the Brooklyn Bridge. The weather was absolutely phenomenal and we walked the beautiful bridge and I headed straight to Bridge Pilates. I was so excited to be able to take a private session from the fantastic Blossom Crawford. Blossom was a student of Kathy Grant's, and Kathy Grant is a first generation Pilates teacher, one of only 2 people to receive a certification from Joe. It was such a special experience to work with her and my body appreciated the therapeutic movement and attention to detail. Needless to say I was pretty tired after all of this!
Day 2: We decided it was very necessary to sleep in a bit on Saturday, I had every intention to go for a morning run before heading to our class this day but I needed the extra sleep and I'm glad I didn't because class was TOUGH! We headed to AKTinMOTION, Anna Kaiser's studio on the Upper East Side. I knew about Anna's but kicking style and studio but was a little hesitant to take one of her dance classes as that's not my forte, so we signed up for a class called 4Play taught by Adam (a broadway dancer!). The class was taught in a heated room and was very fast paced. It was 4 rounds of 5-6 high intense exercises one after the other. Adam worked our whole bodies while playing great music and cheering us on! He was a blast. On the wall of the studio room was a quote by Henry Ford that has stuck with me, "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." What a motivational and powerful quote to read as your exercising and being pushed to do more! After class we met Anna who was an absolute doll. She was so genuine and friendly. Next time in NYC I will muster up the courage to take one of her fierce dance classes!
My friends are awesome for letting me take them on a fitness tour of NYC and it's a good thing we did because we definitely indulged in all aspects of NYC. Check back later this week for Part 2: FOOD, DRINKS, and DESSERTS!
Workout Plan for the Week:
Monday: Shred415 Arms and Abs
Tuesday: Teach Bootcamp
Saturday: Hot Vinyasa Yoga
Sunday: 9 mile Run