Nike Training Club regularly runs free classes and in December I went to my first one. In conjunction with Barry’s Bootcamp it was a full body workout in one of the loveliest studios I have ever been in. The lights were low and red, there was a DJ in the corner, we all were using the incredible Woodway treadmills, and I was lifting weights.
When I first got to Barry’s Bootcamp’s Euston studio, I was so intimidated. Not by the pictures of all the really buff half naked people (though that was unusual) but by the fact that everyone seemed to know each other. I assume this is because they regularly go to NTC events (it could be some other reason) but everyone knew each other. It’s as if I was starting at a new school except everyone was an adult and in gym gear.
As soon as the previous class finished and we got into the studio it was so much better – everyone is equal in a red-lit studio with a really hot trainer waiting to start the class. This full body class worked with high intensity principles and added in the treadmill. I can’t tell you how much I loved this. I love running. I can run and as that was the first thing we started off doing it put me at my ease instantly. The treadmill sessions were broken up into three parts, the first concentrated on speed, the second on incline, and the third on strength.
So for the first session we did interval sprints – as fast and as hard as you can for 30 seconds. Then back to jogging. Then running faster and harder than before. Usually on treadmills I worry that I am about to fall off – not with this one thanks to the incredible grip. The second involved all of us running at a steady pace and increasing/decreasing the incline in intervals (loved this one). I can only describe the third session as being the most fun. It was as if the electricity had been cut off and we had to use our legs to make the treadmill work. Again this was with jogging and sprinting intervals.
In between these three sessions there were three sessions of floor workouts. Weights (heavier then I have ever lifted), squats, lunges, core strengthening exercises – this part had everything. We were all told to use weights heavier than what we were used to. Since I rarely lift weights I got the same as everyone else – holy crap on a stick my arms ached the next day. Though I like to pretend that there is already more definition than there was before. I am not one of those people who think weights for women are evil or that women should not have muscles. Bring on the weights and bring on the muscles.
It was such a brilliant class and I will definitely be going again. If only
to see more hot naked people on the walls to lift weights.