Adventures in Crazy Workouts: The Monster Cycle

As per my New Years Resolutions, I wanted to try different workouts every other week. Mostly as a way to get through this horrible winter and not stay inside all the time and cry for the days of Southern heat (although I do have my moments lets be real). The great thing about this is that most places have a “first class” discount, meaning your first class with them is pretty cheap. There’s probably 12 billion workout places here, so it’s doubtful I’ll ever be bored if I don’t wanna be. And so my search for the craziest but most fun workouts begins!

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This week I tried out Monster Cycle. I happened upon it while looking at another NYC bloggers instastories and was immediately intrigued because Monster Cycle sounds crazy awesome. Upon further investigation, I found that this is no ordinary cycling class, it is a class based around music videos and, if you select the right class, BEYONCE MUSIC VIDEOS. First class is only 15 dollars but they sold me on the whole working out to Beyonce anyway.

I picked a 10:30 class on Saturday because I still have some energy left over from waking up early on Fridays and Sunday is for doing nothing all day forever. There’s two locations, but I picked the one in the Limelight( which is a gym? I have no idea).

I didn’t know this, but it’s actually an old church and it was a little spooky walking into. The place is painted entirely black, complete with vampire and werewolf pictures (no joke).

The Bad: Walking in, I signed in with the front desk person, paid my two dollars to rent shoes(eye roll) and was awkwardly left to my own devices? I guess I’ve been too pampered and used to front desk people being super overly sweet and helpful because this girl basically ignored me after that and it felt odd. Also the locker room is CRAMPED AF. Theres no where really to sit and put the shoes on, only two bathrooms and one small set of lockers for your stuff. I came while the other class was still going on, so trying to find an empty locker was a feat. Again, I’m used to shiny, clean bathrooms with pony tail holders and hair driers and this was not even close(don’t get me started on the SMELL). By the time I had all of my stuff together ready to “cycle” I was a little scared of what I had gotten into. 

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The Good: I saddled into my bike and we got started. As I said this is focused on riding while watching music videos of Beyonce, so I was beyond pumped. The first song was the ever-so-classic “Lose My Breath” and, because you’re supposed to cycle to the beat, I lost my breath for sure. There is an instructor, but he’s mostly there to keep you motivated and tell you when to sit up and down etc. I wouldn’t go as far as to say watching videos helps you forget you’re working out, but it’s a very good distraction and I always feel like doing cardio in short song bursts is great. They played classics from 1997-2007 which is the greats era of music, honestly and featured such hits as “Ring the Alarm,” “Upgrade You,” “Jumping’ Jumpin,'” “Bills Bills Bills,” and would not be complete without “Crazy in Love.”

Overall out of 10: I looooooved this workout. If you’re a Soul Cycle person, I definitely recommend this place. I’m actually not a huge fan of Soul Cycle, just because there’s too much yelling and lights and base I feel overwhelmed and a little scared. This is based around just the music and then you have someone to motivate you and instruct you, which I prefer. I sweat my butt off and felt amazing and energized afterwards. Locker room “smocker room” this workout kicks ass I’ll get my locker room elsewhere

Spiderbands: The Review

I haven’t gone to a cool workout class in FOREVER and I missed it so I decided to try this new workout craze called Spiderbands. I follow this media group (or whatever you call it) that posts a lot of really awesome stuff to do in NYC. Its mostly food and drink stuff, but sometimes they do talk about other cool things to do in NYC.

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Let me start by saying: MY HANDS!!! (insert crying emoji). This workout is centered around resistance bars that hang from the ceiling and of course I am death-gripping it. Subsequently, my hands cramped up every 5 seconds and by the end of it, they were shaking.

Its a mix of pulling down the resistance bar (which is hanging from the ceiling) and doing lunges, squats or various running in place moves. There’s only about two small breaks in the entire workout, which means it is super high paced. I wore a long sleeved shirt and that was an error on my part for sure.

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Side Note: They told me no one is allowed to take any pictures immediately after I took this one. Too late Spiderbands I’m above the law!!!!!!!!

I loved this workout overall. I was sweating and breathing hard and definitely felt my entire body being worked. There was a section where we were pulling down the resistance cord with one hand standing to one side, and I discovered that my left side oblique is stronger than my right side (very strange because I’m right handed). Also towards the end we did various plank exercises and the class leader (spider band director?) or whatever you wanna call her, said “if you put your knees down, I’ll make you do a bunch of pushups” and I do planks every other day so basically I had been training for that moment for a while.

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Happy to get back into doing cool workout classes and definitely gonna post about some more in the coming weeks!

My Workout Routine

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about my fitness journey/routine. As you all are aware, I am one of those weirdos who workout a lot. This sounds crazy, but I try to do six days a week. I know it’s obnoxious!!!!!!!!!! But I’m not lifting weights doing beach body challenge or whatever the heck that new craze is called.

My body has kind of always been a struggle for me and probably will be for a ll of my life. I started working out one day when I was a sophomore in high school because I decided i wasn’t happy with the way I looked and wanted to change it. By the time I was a senior until I was probably a Sophomore in college, I was limiting my self to only a few specific foods during the week and binging on everything in sight on the weekends. For me, eating the right foods and not eating a crap ton on the weekends has always been a struggle and probably always will be. Working out is usually the easy part be cause it less than an hour a day and barely even think about it anymore. One thing that I can’t stress enough is that the eating part is probably the hardest, but the most important. I can’t say I’ve ever been fat a day in my life but I have definitely struggle with self-image for a very long time (hence the binge eating I struggle with). The level of confidence I have now is only after years of pushing and working on finding a way to be happy with how I look.

Anyway, now that I’ve bared my soul, here’s what a regular workout week looks like for me:

MONDAY:

  • This is the start of the week, so I always like to make this the hardest day to sort of get it out of the way.
  • I do either an Insanity video or this 45 minute Tabata
  • I try to keep this simple and get it over with quick, because being real this is me dreading it, which is why I only choose between the two of them.
  • This workout is full-body and I probably burn about 300 calories give or take

TUESDAY:

  • I try to squeeze in a quick run every other day. I LOATHE  running while I’m doing it because I feel like it always lasts forever and I’m really just not the best at it.
  • I do a mile of running straight and then a little 5 minute walk afterward (mostly to get back to my apartment). It takes about 15 minutes.
  • Next, I go home and pick an ab workout of some kind. Sometimes it’s Insanity Cardio abs, sometimes its this video that I love.
  • I try to keep this one a little more chill not too crazy wild after my Monday craziness.
  • The ab workout is usually at least 15 minutes, this means I do 30 in total.
  • I try to burn about 200 calories in total as well.

WEDNESDAY:

  • This is my arm day. I try to do both toning and weight lifting with a little cardio thrown in. I do a bit of PITT for 15 minutes focused on arms. PITT, for those who don’t know, is like HITT, but with pilates thrown in. It’s sort of how I warm up and bast out some calories quickly. I like this video and this video for that.
  • Next I try to pick something more for just toning and is kinda low-key. Usually this focuses more on push-ups and arm circles and its not very cardio-centric. This is also about 15 minutes. My favorite videos for this are this and this and they hurt like heck.
  • Finally, I have a set of 10 pound weights and I focus on utilizing those for another 15 minutes. I do 12 for each exercise and try to squeeze in three sets.
  • Overall, this is another 45 minute workout day so I’m hoping to burn over 200 calories and closer to 300.

THURSDAY:

  • This is another running day so I basically do the same thing as Tuesday

FRIDAY:

  • This is dreaded leg day. I keep the same basic routine as Wednesday, but focused on legs.
  • For my 15 minutes of cardio I like this video and this video.
  • I then do a toning workout and I like this video and this video.
  • Also the other day I did this video for a crazy challenge and its amazingly hard.
  • Then I use my weights for 15 minutes doing squats and lunges etc.

SATURDAY:

  • This day is kind of a free for all. Some days I run if i’m feeling it, or I just do a quick 15 minute video or 20 minute video. Basically I just hope for the best and try to do something and move my body when my brain just wants to do absolutely nothing.

SUNDAY:

  • This is mostly a do nothing day and by that I mean walking and yoga. I hate yoga because its slow and sometimes it hurts like a bitch. BUT its been proven to be good for you so I gotta do it. I can only stand 15 minutes of it so this video is my fave (cause it kinda feels good I’ll admit).