Happy Sunday! I feel like I alternate between really busy weekends and weekends where I try to keep my calendar as clear as possible. Since I had a ball last weekend and am going to D.C. next weekend, I kept this one nice and low-key. Ish.Â
I have to give a shout-out for International Womenâ€™s Day, a movement to celebrate the accomplishments of women.
I saw this quote on Lorna Janeâ€™s Instagram when I woke up this morning and LOVED it. I donâ€™t know about you, but Iâ€™m the first to celebrate all of my friendsâ€™ achievements and successes before I celebrate my own, and I can definitely be a victim of negative self-talk. Iâ€™m working to change that about myself, but I couldnâ€™t help but love this quote.
Now, on to the review.
So, Iâ€™d said a few weeks ago I wanted to try Brooklyn Body Burn before the end of April. It was a random, arbitrary challenge but I was committed to it. Iâ€™d heard it was one of the hardest workouts in NYC, and, well, I had to put that to the test.
OH GOOD GOD.
Felicia, a BBB devotee, and one of my favorite bloggers these days for her insightful, thought-provoking posts, had read that I wanted to go and said sheâ€™d go with me, which I was secretly excited for. Moral support is always helpful for these types of classes.
To be honest, I hadnâ€™t been out to Williamsburg in quite some time, and I donâ€™t think ever during the day, so I was pleasantly surprised how fast the trip was out there. (Signed, a Manhattanite who knows she needs to leave her borough more often.)
I walked in and was happy to see both Felicia and the instructor right away, and I loved how chill the vibe was. Itâ€™s an expensive Megaformer class (although the first-time rate was a lovely $18!), but the instructor, Abby Geartner, and the rest of the class weren’t pretentious in the least.Â
The studio was about a 10-minute walk from the L train at Bedford, and I was glad it had started to warm up a bit. The studio is almost right on the water. It would be lovely to take a post-class stroll on the waterfront when it warms up. (Iâ€™m just straight up dreaming of warm weather right now.)Â
Itâ€™s big and bright.
And full of machines that promise near-death.
Abby was great at giving me a run-through of the machine. I told her Iâ€™d tried SLT before so was kind of familiar with the Megaformer. Iâ€™ve actually never taken a regular Pilates Reformer class, which I guess is next on my list.
Andâ€¦go. Yikes. We started with some planks to warm things up, and I felt humbled within the firstâ€¦2? 3? minutes of class. Even in the hardest workout classes Iâ€™ve taken, Iâ€™m good at fighting my way through a lot before I have to take a rest break, but there were so many rest breaks because every. single. move. challenged the hell out of me. BBBâ€™s slogan is â€œYou donâ€™t need more time, you need more intensity.â€ While I generally agree with that, IN PRACTICE HERE, IT IS REALLY FREAKING HARD.
I went into some seriousÂ workout amnesia because it was so hard, but we did moves like plank pikes, bears, speed skaters (< one of the only moves that was relativelyÂ easy for me), teases, spider lunges and all kinds of crazy hard moves.
It was so humbling. I remember halfway through class, there was one move I just. couldnâ€™t. get, and I looked at the clock and we were only halfway through. Eff this, I thought. Iâ€™m leaving. This is too hard. But Felicia, Abby and I had talked before class about â€œnot being a hero,â€ and I decided I had nothing to proveâ€¦but to finish, on my own terms, safely.Â
It was suchÂ a hard class that I canâ€™t say if I liked it or not. What I do know: it is a really good workout, and my core feels really tight (and sore) today, and Iâ€™m glad I tried it. I will definitely try it again, because 1. I think you need to take a class a few times to decide if you really like it. and 2. Felicia and I went to the ADORABLE House of Small WonderÂ after, where I had eggs that rank in the top five of all eggs Iâ€™ve ever eaten. (Also on the list, Sunflower Caffe in Sonoma.) I need those eggs again, so I might as well go to BBB while Iâ€™m out there.
Also, my girl Liz BarnetÂ took my â€œit is so much harder than SLT!â€ comment as a personal challenge. I am a little scared.
I followed up yesterdayâ€™s insane workout with a long run today, which does not rank among my best ideas of all time. Walking to the subway, I said to Jordan â€œoh! My legs arenâ€™t bad! My glutes + inner thighs are a little sore, but itâ€™s really my core thatâ€™s the most sore.â€ Well my run was not the easiest â€” even if the weather was GLORIOUS â€” and my hammies are pretty tight/sore right now.Â
BRB, going to sleep on top of my foam roller tonight.
Whatâ€™s the hardest workout youâ€™ve ever done?