An Uplifting, Ass-Kicking Workout

Last week, I walked into Uplift for a class with Steph. I was running late, and ended up sprinting down 23rd Street to make it on time.

I walked in, flustered, and the class studio was dark and Steph was standing outside of it.

With a devilish grin, she told me it was just going to be me. “What do you want to do?? Personal training? Class?”

“Um…you’re the instructor? You can decide!”

(I was secretly hoping she’d say training!)

“Okay, let’s do a personal training session.”



I worked out with a trainer to help me drop the 50 pounds, but I haven’t regularly worked out with a trainer since, so this was a nice little treat.

Steph may look all sweet, but she knows how to kick your ass. Hard. Since she teaches Cardio, I thought it would be a high-impact, heart-pumping session, but Steph went after all my muscles with heavy weights. Check it out below! (Obviously, modify appropriate to your own fitness level. The weighted exercises are meant to push your muscles to exhaustion, so keep that in mind.)


The “running lines” was running between cones, but you could just pick two points (I originally wrote two pinots…where’s my mind??) to run back and forth between.

As part of a partnership with Uplift, I’ve been receiving classes for the past two months in exchange for blogging about my experience. Through tomorrow, 5/5, you can get 10% off by using the code losingweightinthecity while checking out. Next week, I’ll be posting a recap of these past two months!

Have you ever walked into a class and found it was just you? What happened? Did the instructor do a class for just you or do something similar to what Steph did?

10 comments on “An Uplifting, Ass-Kicking Workout

  1. Alicia at Poise in Parma

    I’ve been on the other side a few times, being the teacher and having one student show for a yoga class. It can be nerve racking the first few times, but it’s an entirely different experience b/c you can really tune into what your student needs that day. It’s even better when it happens more than once b/c you can really start to know how to get them deeper in their practice.

  2. Katie H.

    I’ve had one person show up for kickboxing! We did a shortened workout, followed by some ab work, as it was a Friday night and we were all anxious to get on with our evenings πŸ™‚

  3. Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad

    I’ve never been the only person in a class before. I think I would find that a bit intimidating, I am used to larger classes. That would be great to get a training session in! I had a trainer when I first started at the gym years ago and I loved it. I hope to work that into the budget again sometime in the future.

  4. Jen

    I’ve had classes where it’s just me or a few other people and it’s so awesome! I can only imagine how great it would be to work with Steph one-on-one since she has so much energy.

  5. Jane @ Not Plain So Jane

    It’s so funny when that happens! I normally modify the class and tailor it to the individual so its more like a personal training session. Spinning is kind of awkward because you’re both just staring each other down on the bikes.

  6. Glen

    Love your line “Steph may look all sweet, but…”

    I have not had the experience you describe but was glad to hear Steph worked with you one-on-one. I would have been disappointed had she not.

    I would be a bit intimidated with Steph in my face (I imagine she would be in my face!) getting one more set/one more rep out of a heavy weight workout.

  7. Sean

    Never had that experience because I’m always running late!

    Thank you for sharing your Heavy weight Ass kicking workout I will definitely include a few of them into my workout routine. The planks a killer!.


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