Strength training is better than cardio. So many people keep telling me that. And the Internet… the Internet is on that strength game! Squats, weights, squats, weights, squats, weights…
So I want to do more strength training. Since I don’t really know what I’m doing (plus I am not actually a member of any gym!), I searched classpass for something with lifting.
Body Space Fitness is more of a gym that offers private and semi private training. Plus they offer a couple of classes, like Kettlebell & Core. It’s one open space with some machines, free weights, TRX, etc.
The class was conducted on grass-life turf. The instructor was friendly and got to know each of us by name. She offered adjustments and kept an eye on each participant. This is great on the one hand, but also got a bit annoying throughout the class. Let me do my thing, woman! She seemed a bit stressed about the class and it was noticeable. But- the class burned. And I was sore that same day and am still sore a couple days later.
We did deadlifts, squat variations, lunge variation, crunches, TRX push-ups, TRX pull-ups, etc. I had never done many of the exercises we did and I had never worked with TRX or kettlebells. I really enjoyed trying new moves and equipment.
One major con (or not – I am not sure yet) is the fact that my lower back hurt like HELL that same day and the next day. Pain subsided but has not stopped completely yet. It’s been 4 days. I’m not sure if its because the weights the instructor recommended for me were too heavy or if I was doing the exercises wrong. Or it’s just a normal response since I don’t usually lift heavy like that. Maybe I’ll do some research and write the next blog post on this…
Where: 47 W. 14th Street, 5th floor
Bring: Water, regular workout clothes plus sneakers. Towels, shower, and some bathroom products available.
Cost: Classes are $30. Private & semi private training range from $121 per session or $523 per month to $82 per session or $357 per month, etc. See rates and packages. OR classes are available on www.classpass.com!
Benefits: A medium intensity workout focused on strength and movement based training. It combines aerobic and anaerobic. Reaches muscles you wouldn’t normally be able to work, as the stability aspect of the kettlebell requires all your muscles to work. Apparently, kettlebells don’t make you bulk up and help women get a leaner physique. Read this article for a more detailed list of kettlebell benefits.