It’s rare for me to be rendered basically speechless, except in the presence of a really hot guy, but yesterday a workout did just that to me.
I had the opportunity to try the Mile High Run Club class yesterday, and DAMN. When I walked (stumbled? hobbled?) out of the studio, one of the staff members asked what I thought, and all I could say was “oh good lord.”
Finish Line was kind enough to invite me and a few colleagues to a class they were hosting with Mile High Run Club, and I showed up yesterday frankly a little terrified of what to expect. Would it be as hard as Barry’s? (Which, though I’m not really a fan of, it’s definitely a good workout.)
I walked in to a mood-lit studio with about 20-30 Woodway treadmills with little kettlebell stations near each bank of treadmills.
The 45-minute class started with a dynamic warm-up for 4 minutes: jumping jacks, star stretches (right hand to left foot and vice versa) and high knees and maybe something else I don’t remember.
From there, we moved on to the meat of the class: the running. Yikes. I haven’t done speedwork in months, though I need to get back on that bandwagon. What’s cool about MHRC is that there’s two distinct levels, and ranges of speed within them. On the treadmill, there’s two pace card/charts: one for beginner/intermediate, and one for advanced/elite (that was also called “racers.”) I wanted to consider myself not on the beginner spectrum and am someone who races herself, so I wanted to follow the advanced card, just out of sheer stubbornness, but I think I ended up falling somewhere in between.
There’s 4 zones: 1 being a jog, 2 being a bit more like a tempo, 3 being about 85% effort, and 4 being all-freaking-out. I typically jog on a treadmill around 6.0, so I was tempted to start there, but when I realized that was just the base, I started at 5.0.
We jogged for about 3-4 minutes before starting the hard work: 2 3-minute hills. For the first hill, we ran at a 6% incline, then an 8% incline for the second hill. Hot damn.
After that, we came back down to 1% (where we stayed for the rest of the class), took a (not long enough!) bit to recover, and then did two 4-minute chunks of speed. I don’t remember exactly what the first one was, but for the second one, we started at jogging speed, and added 1 point every minute. I should have worked up to 9mph for the last minute, but I was a strugglebus and only made it to 8.5. You get a short recovery where I walked for a bit, and then you do strength.
WELL, I’M WARMED UP! We did kettlebells, some bodyweight work and then ended with a little core work with planks. Planks are never easy, but they were pretty much excruciating after 40-something minutes of hard work. AND THEN WE GOT TO STRETCH. THE BEST PART.
It is a really freaking hard workout and serious ass-kicking, so I think I’d definitely try it again though I’m not sure how regularly. There’s a number of treadmill classes popping up around town, and I want to try those, too. Treadmills suck, and this workout was harder than I’d ever push myself on the belt of doom, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Have you ever taken a treadmill class?