On Thursday night, I took the Pre-Memorial Burn ride at Revolve. You know- that awesome cycling studio in Arlington that I told you about where I did that SPINco de Mayo ride? Led by a motivational and highly-enthusiastic instructor, Dorothy, Pre-Memorial Burn ride infused those songs that immediately make you think and feel like summer into Revolve’s extended Complete Body Ride. This made for an INSANE hour of heart-thumping, muscle toning, sweat-dripping fun. The “Burn” part of this ride’s name was no joke. If you wanted that bathing suit ready bod, you came to the right spot.
The class kicked off with a warm-up to LFO’s “Summer Girls” to get those legs and behinds ready for the hour ahead. How can you not be psyched for the work out ahead with that song?! A variety of music genres like fun country song “Summer Girl” or pop hit “Whine Up” got all us riders through those climbing hills, up downs, and sprint intervals. The heart rate came down a bit and those arm muscles were put to the test with a couple upper body tracks targeting those shoulders, biceps, triceps and more. The sweet sound of Justin Timberlake’s voice in tracks like “Summer Love” or “LoveStoned” was plenty motivation to work it on the upper body front. Guy riders: you don’t have to admit it, because it’s just a fact!
Just when we wondered if we could make it through the whole ride, Dorothy was hopping off her bike urging the class to think of why they came to Pre-Memorial Burn ride and to visualize what was at the top of the big, steep hills we were climbing. Her occasional dancing on the bike or lip syncing to the songs made the ambiance all the more fun and inspiring!
This is what you can expect from Revolve rides getting you ready for milestone weekends like Memorial Day. Have so much fun this weekend if you’re beaching it up! If you’re here in the Arlington area and want to experience a ride like the Pre-Memorial Burn, check out classes on Sunday or Monday led by other fantastic Revolve instructor. I recommend that you grab your seats ASAP as these classes will be full before you know it.
Well, school is out for the next two weeks anyway, but a new term means I get my Monday nights back which have historically included my favorite gym class. If you haven’t tried a Les Mills Body Combat class, you need to! My gym no longer has the rights to the trademarked class format and the music that accompanies it, but it is largely the same- we just call it Cardio Kickbox now. It is essentially a cardio meets mixed martials art class. Between the amp-you-up music and the karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi, and muay thai moves, you can look forward to burning a RIDICULOUS amount of calories in 55 minutes. We’re talking like over 700 calories! It is not for the faint of heart let me tell you. Bring your badass persona along with ample water and a towel. If you happen to give it a go at Washington Sports Club in Clarendon, prepare for instructor Damion Moss to really push you to your limit. Regardless, you will be delighted to find out that roundhouse kicks are not just for Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris.
I made my glorious return to the class last night and I’m feeling it today. It was quite tough to do spin class this morning after all those Capoeira moves (Brazilian form of martial arts that incorporates elements of dance and music) including a seemingly endless series of a type of lunge (I’d have to look up the name or maybe Damion will comment with it!), esquiva (literal meaning is escape or dodge) , and side kicks. Just when you are running out of steam, Damion checks on us with a few chants like, “Feels good?” to which we are expected to reply, “Feels great!” Another is, “What do you do to your opponent?” to which we are expected to yell, “OWN IT!” We (the class and Damion) joke that that second one does not exactly make sense but it feels good to scream it.
I wanted to share another fitness activity I love with you all! I hope you’ll give this fitness class a try as a result of my glowing review :). In other fitness news, I am officially signed up for the Army 10-miler in October. The registration opened at 12:01 am today and it was sold out within 8 hours. Apparently this race is no joke! A number of my co-workers as well as my college best friend were unable to secure a spot as they tried to register after 8:00 am. Luckily, as of June 1 a buy/sell period for race bibs will open so hopefully they will all be able to get in on the second try! I’m psyched to get back into longer distance running shape. More to come on those training adventures…