I have been intending on getting into a more routine yoga practice, but always push it to the side in my priorities when exploring new classes and studios. I was informed of a newish studio in Wayland called Lotus that has both spin and yoga classes so I decided to give it a go. I attended the 6-7pm Yoga Hour which is a vinyasa based flow – perfect for all levels and beginners 😉
First off, this little studio hidden in Wayland, MA is so cute and zen. It has two small rooms – one for yoga and one for spin. The décor is all in natural tones and covered with reiki and yoga symbols making you immediately feel relaxed upon walking into the lobby. Okay okay – to the class..
Yoga Flow was an hour long class that focused on form and the breath. Holly, my instructor, was so informative about positioning all while keeping us in a meditated and relaxed state during the class. She had the perfect balance of serious but also embracing the imperfections that come with practicing yoga. She transitioned through two different flows and ended the class with some bridge work and an amazing shavasana. I left the class feeling totally refreshed and calm. I am excited to have found this little studio and cannot wait to continue my yoga practice and try out their spin class (with the Real Ryder bikes) very soon!
If you are local, I highly recommend checking this studio out!
Schedule is here: http://lotusstudiosyogacycle.com/schedule/
This past month, I finally made a long overdue trip (just ten minutes from home) to Cyclebar Wellesley. Of course, my first thought after class was, “Why did I wait so long to try this place out?!”
Cyclebar is much different from the big name spin studios like Flywheel and CycFitness. Each class is based on a set playlist, where you ride to the beat of the music. Every instructor adds their own flare to the class by focusing on some of their favorite things; like interval sprints or high resistance. I have had the opportunity now to not only take a Cyclebar classic class but also their Surge 45 class. This class is a high intensity 45 minute class that focuses on interval sprints much like a tabata workout.
I REALLY fell in love with Cyclebar, when I took a class from the owner, Bill Pryor. Bill has an indescribable vibe that pushes you through the class at high intensity all while allowing you to distress and totally relax. His special touch is a three minute ride, about half way through class, where he turns off all the lights and lets you do your own thing – aka push your hardest and zone out. I absolutely love this three minutes because he coaches you through thinking about your breathe and pushing your limits. It is the perfect way to de-stress and start your day.
Cycle bar is a cute small studio that packs the heat just as good as a big time city spin studio – I am excited to have finally tried this place and can’t wait to make it part of my routine! If you are local definitely give it a try – new riders get 3 classes for $29!
Exploring New Studios: The Club by George Foreman
Okay this exploration was one of my favorites! I have had The Club on my bucket list for a long time but just haven’t taken the time to trek into the city to attend but thank god I finally did. This studio is gorgeous – it is spacious, with multiple rooms for the wide ranges of classes The Club offers and is filled with state of the art equipment and décor that makes you feel like you are about to hop into the ring and fight yourself. My boyfriend and I attended the TrainFit360 class on a Saturday morning. This class is a full body workout for 60 minutes that includes boxing, battle ropes, jump ropes, TRX suspensions, kettle bells, rowing, cycling and core work. The class is designed into 2-3 minute rounds with 12 different stations and of course a warm up and cool down.
This class was awesome; very fast paced and challenging. Even as a very beginner boxer I was able to feel good about all of the exercises we were doing – it just takes a few tries to get accustomed to the different forms. The exercises change so frequently you are constantly moving which makes the class fly by. At the end, Justin and I were dripping with sweat.
After class we cleaned up in the locker rooms, that are equipped with everything you might need, and headed into Nourish Your Soul ( a juice and smoothie bar) that is located inside the club! We got some cold brew coffee with homemade cashew milk and then were off. All in all, we both loved the class, club, and atmosphere. If you have an interest in boxing or just want to join a state of the art gym with lots of options then The Club by George Foreman is for you.
Exploring New Studios: Impact Fitness
A hidden gem in Sudbury – this studio is state of the art in functional and athletic training. I was able to attend two of their different classes in the past couple weeks; Cardio Sport and TRX Strength. Both classes were totally different but amazing workouts.
So, let’s start with Cardio Sport. This class is a “boot camp- like” style combining high cardio activities with strength training in two different 4 station circuits. Each class is different by changing the activities done in each circuit – in the class I attended we did everything from small sprints, rowing, pull ups, and box jumping. A lot of these exercises were new to me and I loved it. This class pushes you outside of your comfort zone but in a good way. The instructor is very well trained and extremely helpful with correcting form and technique while motivating the class in a positive yet discipline manner. The class was nonstop for 60 minutes – leaving me exhausted, out of breath at points, and drenched in sweat. It flew by and was lots of fun and a great workout. I am excited to get back to this class to see how it changes and how far I can learn to push myself in these new activities.
Okay next I tried the TRX Strength class taught by Kevin Duffy; this was a similar but somewhat different atmosphere. This class is a quick 45 minutes and is more focused on full body strengthening using body weight, weights, and TRX suspensions. Since the class is only 45 minutes it is faced paced with no breaks. The class began with some resistance band exercises to warm up then we quickly went through two different circuits with 5 stations in each. The first circuit was a set pace and the second was on your own; meaning, once you finished the rep amount you moved onto the next station as many times as possible in the allotted time for this circuit. Lastly, we ended with some core work on the floor and then quickly did a small round of sprints. This class was challenging but flew by and is the perfect workout to wake you up in the morning!
All in all, I am very impressed with this studio in Sudbury – if you live in the area, I highly suggest you check it out! It has an in house smoothie bar and a wide variety of membership plans as well as personal and small group training sessions.