The Best AND Most Ridiculous Way to Spend My 34th Birthday

Last weekend, I turned 34. (I was 26 when I started this blog — crazy!)

I’d noticed a few weeks ago that Iliza Shlesinger was playing at Foxwoods on my birthday, and thought that sounded like such a fun way to spend my birthday — doing something totally different and ridiculously fun and cheesy. 

On Friday night, I did happy hour with a big group of people at Beecher’s (will age for wine and cheese), and on Saturday afternoon, my dear friend Meg and I drove up to Foxwoods. It’s good to have friends who are down for your crazy ideas.

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Friends who give you magnums of bubbly are keepers, also.

I went to Dream Dry for a blowout before leaving — with a stylist named Theodora! It took me 34 years to meet another Theodora. She was not a unicorn. (I have not believed people who say they know another Theodora, because I had never met one.)

Foxwoods

Don’t stand between Meg and her bathrobes. We called the desk to ask for bathrobes and they said we could only get them in the suites. WTF?

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I think our best attempt at fitting in at a casino was just wearing more makeup than usual. You can take the girls away from the Junior League…but you can’t take the Junior League out of the girls.

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I took this as a perfect opportunity to wear my favorite jumpsuit (similar) and Stuart Weitzman heels. (Good news, the girl who wears workout clothes 90% of the time did not trip in her heels.)

Not only did we see the hilarious Iliza (watch her Netflix specials!), but Kate the Wasp, another fave comedian of mine, opened for her. HELLO, yes please.

We had a drink before the show, and then spent the rest of the night having dinner, people watching and more people watching.

Foxwoods

Like the adults we are, we bought sparkly wine cups and brought them back downstairs with bubbles…that we’d brought back from New Zealand. If my birthday is not a special occasion for wine I carried from across the world, I don’t know what is.

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I woke up with my one true love, bubbly.

Driving Foxwoods

And then, because I was born in February and live in the Northeast…I had to drive back in the snow. What should have been a 2-hour drive, took 4. When I hadn’t driven in the snow in exactly 10 years…I’M ALIVE! And, because Foxwoods is ridiculous and awesome, there was a Vineyard Vines outlet and I got my dream hat. 

Oh, and birthday burpees are a thing we do at work, so I filmed burpees in a casino. Is that weird?

How did you spend your last birthday? I’m glad I did something random and different.

Apparently Punching Things is How Supermodels Work Out

It is both my hobby and my job to try out new workouts around NYC. (My life is really hard, I am aware, yes.)

And with each new year comes new workout trends. Boxing is one of those workouts that seems to keep popping back up, thanks to supermodels? (My friend/former coworker wrote a hilarious article about that time she tried to work out like a supermodel.)

There’s two that I’ve tried recently that I’ve had a lot of fun with (i.e, 10/10, would punch again.)

Box and Flow

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Box and Flow is actually a workout I’ve done quite a few times now, and I LOVE it. Because I am too lazy to travel out of my neighborhood to work out before work, I haven’t been here as much as I’d like. As the name might have you believe, Box and Flow is a workout consisting of boxing and yoga.

The class has an 8-minute warmup (why I remember that exact number, I’m not sure), followed by ~25 minutes of boxing, including boxing on your own on the bag, holding the bag for your partner and each of you punching at the bag. During the boxing section, you also take breaks to do stuff like wall sits. It is a tough workout, and by the time you get to the end of the boxing section, you are dying for the yoga (or at least, I am/have been!)

The yoga section is about 20 minutes (it seems like they’ve been playing with the section lengths the few times I’ve been there, as it’s a new studio), and it is juicy!  The stretch feels so, so good after a difficult workout, and it feels almost indulgent to get such a good stretch and cool things down from such a heated state. I’ve always completely melted into savasana by the time we get there — in other classes, I sometimes feel like I’m not yet ready. My only complaint is that the shorter version of the flow feels a bit rushed — like they’re still trying to get all of the same poses into a more condensed time.

Rumble Boxing NYC

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Rumble is much more convenient to my apartment! It’s on 23rd, and it’s been under construction for a while. It was started by Noah Neiman, a former Barry’s instructor/reality show star. The format of this class definitely reminds me of Barry’s a bit — broken down into several blocks.

You have the option of starting on the floor or the bags. They’re not the typical leather bags; they’re these crazy smaller water-filled bags. The class is broken into 11 “rounds”, which equates to about 4 rounds on the bags, 4 rounds on the floor, rinse, repeat. The boxing part is pretty typical to other boxing classes I’ve taken; the floor section feels much like Barry’s, down to the benches (which are really more like steppers.) It’s a mixture of some strength and some cardio moves (i.e. squats and burpees.)

I get overwhelmed sort of easily, and I like the actual workout, but there are SO many people in here (I want to say a full class can be about 50 people), that it feels a little much at times if you’re in a crowded class like Noah’s at 8am on a weekday.)

What about you? Do you like boxing? I have learned lately I really enjoy punching the crap out of things. It’s such an amazing release of those emotions that are lingering deep down.