Today I took 3 classes at the Roslyn Equinox. I was pissed that the rain shut down the road I usually take and caused me to miss the first 10 minutes of my first class.
Cardio Sculpt - Taught by my favorite instructor, Bonne Marcus (formerly Marano), this class mixes intense cardio drills with sculpting intervals. Bonne always mixes it up and she has awesome moves for ab work. I HATE doing traditional crunches and Bonne's ab exercises get real results quickly. One thing we do is squat and rotate with a medicine ball. Every third rotation, we pick up our leg and stick it. This is great for creating a flat midsection! I'm also a big fan of the rocking horse and we tend to do a lot of those.
Athletic Flex - I tried this class for the first time today and I loved it. A lot of shoulder and back work, which I tend to shy away from if I'm working out on my own. What can I say? My legs are much more powerful than my arms and I like to show off. We used the body bar quite a bit and we used 8 lb weights for the duration of the class. The thing I liked the most about this class was the instructor's use of dynamic deadlifts. I am definitely going to feel it later today/tomorrow.
CARDIO Burn! - I am obsessed with Yves Maco's group fitness classes. He is the reason I was able to lose 20 pounds. I also lost 6% body fat. His kickboxing classes are insane, but this class is also awesome. I love when I have Tuesdays off from work and get to go. CARDIO Burn! is spent on a bench and incorporates light weights. I use 3 lb weights. I have tried 5 lbs and I thought I was going to die. The choreography was really hard for me at first, but I started taking Yves' dance classes and now I can fake my way through the cha chas and the turns. The intensity of Yves' classes deliver the almost unbelievable results. My HRM said I spent most of the class between 175 and 190.
I did 13 minutes of the PRECOR afterwards because I wanted to read the new SELF and cool down a little bit. Overall, my HRM tells me I burned 1,764 calories while at the gym (including the 15 minutes between Cardio Sculpt and Athletic Flex that I spent socializing and drinking a protein shake.) Not bad for a Spring Break morning.