Friday Faves

This week was wonderfully productive and fun – a great way to come back from a long weekend. This weekend, I have very little on the agenda which I’m so excited about! Decorating for Hanukkah, hanging out with friends, and what will hopefully be a healthy and delicious brunch that (if all goes well) I’ll share next week!

My workouts this week were varied and super fun. I always try to take a day or two off each week from my heavy workouts, but on those days, I try my best to hit a high step count (which for me is anything over 14,000)

Monday – Zumba at the Ailey Extension

Tuesday – off, 14,685 steps

Wednesday – Barre at FlyBarre

Thursday – off, 16,886 steps

Friday – Spinning at FlyWheel

Saturday – Broadway Dance at Broadway Bodies

Sunday – Yoga at Upper West Side Yoga and Wellness 

Here are some of my faves from the week.

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New York City Christmas lights

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Adorable puppies in adorable sweaters (This is Abbey Road, my parents pup)

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Fishing in the Hudson River. A rare site.

My favorite part of the week - a live recording of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me at the NJ Performing Arts Center. The picture's not great, but I can check this off my bucket list!

My favorite part of the week – a live recording of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me at the NJ Performing Arts Center. The picture’s not great, but I can check this off my bucket list!

 

Have a great weekend!!!

 

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**None of the links in this post are affiliates nor is this post sponsored by any of the mentioned studios.  All opinions are my own.

 

 

My Worst Nightmare

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Twice in the past few weeks I’ve uttered the words ‘this is my worst nightmare’. Both instances involved all eyes on me and I was sure I was going to make a fool of myself. I was sure that I would be judged and ridiculed, and that I wouldn’t be good enough.  Have you ever felt like that?

The first was my favorite dance class that I take almost every Saturday morning.  I arrived at class to find I was the ONLY participant. While I silently patted myself on the back for getting to the gym at 10am the day after Halloween, I was mortified by the idea of a one-on-one class. The instructor would see just how badly I danced, just how long it took me to get the choreography. I prayed that class would be canceled, but of course it wasn’t.

The second was a few days later, I signed up for a 30 minute express HIIT class (high intensity interval training). I got to class and learned that all exercises would be done in pairs and we would rely on each other for every exercise. My partner seemed to be in such great shape.  What if I slowed her down? What if my form was wrong? I hated the idea of having all this attention on me!

The funny thing is that once the classes started, my partner in the HIIT class was too concerned with her own performance to pay attention to me.  And after the dance class, the instructor told me I made her entire day just by showing up.  Just as I was completely focused on myself, so was everyone around me. So much so that I didn’t really need to worry what anyone else thought of me.

It can be so scary to try something new and put yourself in a situation where you might fail but those experiences are usually the most rewarding.   I know that next time I go to a class with partners; I’ll have less anxiety about it and will be able to focus on my own performance. Have you had any similar experiences?

 

Workout Review – ClassPass Week 1

I’ve always been a fan of fitness classes. Whether a dance class where I can shake my booty without feeling like a fool, or a strength building class, I always feel like I’m getting a better workout in a class. For me, it’s the sense of comradery, accountability, and the knowledge that it will all be over within a specific period of time. These aspects help me to push myself harder and workout smarter than when I’m by myself. Alas, the hefty cost of classes (average about $20-30 a class in NY) has been a deterrent for me.
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And so, I was intrigued when ads for ClassPass started showing up in my Facebook newsfeed. ClassPass claims that for $99 a month, you get access to the best ‘boutique fitness classes in your city’ and that they have over 1,000 classes available to members. This seemed too good to be true, so I decided to put my ‘normal’ gym membership on hold for 1-month to try out ClassPass.  One great thing about ClassPass is there is no contract and no cancellation fee, so I felt free to do this trial run.
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I’m about to start week 2 and so far, it’s pretty great. I’ve tried a ton of new classes that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to try before because they aren’t offered at my gym (Rowing with floor work, stadium cycling, barre, and Bollywood to name a few). I’m sorer than I’ve been in a long time, but in that ‘you worked your butt off and it’s working’ kind of way. Stay tuned for my full review at the end of the month!