It is time to close out my series of posts about our vacation in New York and share the ways I stayed active while we were there!
I’m currently in training for the Phoenix Marathon on February 27th so keeping up with running and strength training was important to me. I polled friends on great fitness classes to try, and here’s what I wound up doing:
After hearing about how much Courtney from Eat, Pray, Run DC loves Pure Barre I knew I needed to try a class while I was in NYC. I booked a class on December 24th at their Columbus Ave studio. I got there early, which gave me plenty of time to meet the instructor and for him to explain a few things about class and to help me get set up. I’ve taken several classes of barre through Ballet Barre Works here in Calgary so I was curious to see how Pure Barre was different. Courtney does a great job of detailing out how the classes are set up and my class was very similar. I enjoyed the class and the encouraging, upbeat instructor. The only thing I struggled with was I had a hard time seeing how we were supposed to do some of the moves. I looked around the room to see how other people were doing certain exercises and it looked like everyone was doing something a bit different. I may have needed a bit more feedback to ensure I was doing things properly and perhaps a “Breaking Down the Barre” class would have been worth a try first.
Cost: Single drop in class is $37
I tried out my first Refine Method class on our trip to New York two years ago. I loved the class and knew I’d have to go back on this trip. It turned out that our rental apartment was just a couple of blocks away from their Upper West Side studio. I wound up taking three HIIT classes here on this trip and I loved every one of them. Each class was completely different but was a good mix of strength work and cardio. We wound up using kettlebells, medicine balls, the resistance pulleys, the suspension trainer and the ropes in varying amounts in each class.
Plus at one class I got to try the sliding board!
Each instructor gave a lot of feedback on proper form to make sure you were really feeling things and actively engaging your core. I loved it!
Cost: Single drop in class is $34, first timers can buy one class and get another class free.
Running in Central Park
Our apartment was one block from Central Park, which made it so easy to get up early, go for a run and explore the park. We had some pretty fantastic running weather at the start of our trip. On my long run on Christmas Day I was running in short sleeves and wishing I had packed shorts!
We did get some cooler weather and rain near the end of our trip, so packing layers was the key here.
Running around the reservoir was great for speed work.
And I loved exploring Bethesda Fountain…
…and I was particularly grateful for the bathrooms in the Conservatory Garden on one run…
…and of course a visit to Strawberry Fields…
Central Park was pretty stunning and I felt incredibly lucky to have so many wonderful runs through there. If you are visiting NYC and looking for some alternate route suggestions Oiselle put together some great ideas HERE.
And if you are curious about all the very cool fitness studios and classes to try that I didn’t get a chance to investigate, I have them all pinned HERE.
Do you work out on vacation? Do you gravitate to fitness classes or outdoor activities?