Have you heard the exciting news about Fitset and their UNLIMITED MONTHLY FITNESS pass? They are currently in Montreal and Toronto. If you missed my last post about Fitset and my ambassador role start here.
After 3 weeks of rest (no exercise whatsoever), coupled with long days at work and missing being active, it felt great knowing that I was about to get back into the groove of things again. I’m not going to lie, I was feeling heavy, lethargic and fatigued because since I got back from vacation in late December, I haven’t been as active as I was in November prior to going. The result of this is a break in routines – not eating at regular times, not snacking well, not having restful sleep (worrying about my mental to-do list), and not exercising on a regular basis. One thing I know for sure, when I’m active a few times a week, it helps my mood, I sleep better and eat well.
A close friend of mine and her friend were excited about trying out studios in the city with Fitset, after I had dinner at her place one night and told them about it as well as my ambassador role. They both hadn’t ever taken classes from fitness studios before so they were intrigued by it and motivated to explore along with me.
The first studio we tried out was Big Hit Studios. They offer cardio boxing and kick boxing classes. I got there about 10 minutes before the 11am class started and was greeted by Adam. He helped me register for the class and gave me a tour of the space. When I walked in, I was surprised to see all the B.O.B’s in the classroom about ten it looked like. I had a very full week and I was soo excited to be able to kick and punch something without worrying about hurting anyone (myself included).
After I got changed, I noticed four to five more people had made it into the classroom and then my two friends joined. It was a good sized class. The room was quiet. The other students sat on the ground quietly with gloves and water next to them. Perhaps, they were getting themselves mentally ready for the cardio boxing that was about to ensue.
The Sunday morning 11am class was called the “Beating The Weekend Cleanse” and is described as an “All round kick ass boxing with the majority of moves based on intensely beating the B.O.B. Body weight exercises, waking up all the muscles, incorporated throughout.” It sounded perfect to me. Class description says it all. I wanted to wake up everything in my body and being able to beat up B.O.B. appealed to me.
After a few minutes, Adam turned on music, which wasn’t too loud so we could still hear him without him having to shout and we started our warm up and all the pre-workout nerves I was having slipped to the background.
Within five minutes into this workout I felt my heart racing and I had to keep reminding myself to breathe. I could feel my breakfast jumping around inside of me and regretted the decision to eat 10 wonton’s for breakfast. They were delicious in the moment but will not make this mistake again.
Adam was a great instructor. He was consistent about doing a quick demonstration (repeating it at least twice) and then very quickly moving around the room to observe us, give us pointers on technique and reminding us to breathe. I liked that his moves were not complicated and were one to three steps at a time. For example: Lift your right leg up knee bent 90 degrees and kick out while jumping on your left leg. Do not put your right leg down.
He made sure to walk around the room for every move and side we were working on. This made me feel I was in good hands. He saw that I was drinking water often and reminded me the filtered water was behind me if I needed more.
He never raised his voice (he told me later it’s just not his style), instead he would ask us questions: “Are you getting tired yet?” throughout. I wanted to say yes every time, and I remember wondering if the words made it out of my mouth or whether they were stuck in my throat which felt like it was dry even though I was drinking constantly.
We all had plenty of room to drop and do many rounds of squats, pushups, burpees, mountain climbers which was mixed in after rounds of beating up BOB. This is why I love group classes, I always end up doing wayy more in a group setting then I would on my own. Feeling the energy of everyone else in the room working hard motivates you to keep going as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed punching BOB in the chest and abs, pounding my fists into his shoulders and kneeing him in the stomach. My favourite punch was probably the uppercut. I felt the hardest kick for me is the side kick. When I first did it, I was hitting BOB with my ankle, Adam was very quick to catch that, he corrected me after my first kick and reminded me to use my shin. This became my favourite kick after that because I felt stable and firm in my standing leg.
If you’re looking for a way to get the stresses of your week out or maybe you just want to get your heart rate up. This would be my kind heart racing cardio and maybe it could work for you too. Give it a try!
What kind of cardio activities do you enjoy? Have you tried cardio boxing or kick boxing? Let’s get the conversation going.
Check the Fitset site regularly as they are constantly adding new studios and workouts.