Workout Classes for Runners
I am a runner at heart which means that 99% of the time I would rather be in Central Park hitting the bridal path than stuck inside at a workout class. However, as a runner, it is super important to vary your workouts so that your legs don't burn out - and of course, to prevent injury. What workout classes essentially provide you with is two-fold: first, they get you working muscles that you normally wouldn't while running, and second, they help you build strength in areas of your body that are crucial for becoming a strong runner (hamstrings, glutes, upper body, etc.). Considering this, my outlook on varying up my weekly runs with a workout class here-and-there has really changed. So, towards the end of the year I tried out some new classes while sticking to old ones, and here's my list of favorites that I compiled.
1. "Sculpt Society" - Megan Roup @ Project by Equinox (I tried this class on a job for Project by Equinox and was so excited about it. It was challenging and fun, but definitely gave me a run for my money. I would say that this workout is on the more difficult side, but if you're up for a challenge, it's definitely worth it. Book this class here.)
2. "The Dance" - Amanda Kloots @ Studio B (I was invited by Bandier to come try this class and I'm sure, as you've heard, Amanda is amazing. She is so full of energy that the class flies by. Try this class out of you are more workout apprehensive and want something that you want to enjoy and get a lot out of. Book this class here.)
3. "The Cut" - @ Equinox (I was really hesitant to try out classes at Equinox, but this one I love. It is shadow-boxing focused, but with no bags or rings. Instead, you use weights and focus on strength, ultimately giving you a high cardio workout. Really fun and left me sweating. If you're an equinox member you can see which location the class is available at here.)
4. "Shadowbox" - @ Shadowbox (I've been going to Shadowbox since it first opened a few years ago, and it has always been one of my favorites. The class typically combines some sort of circuit training with shadowboxing rounds. I think that this workout is one of the best for a runner to do because you get strength training combined with cardio. I'm obsessed. Book a class here.)
What are your favorite classes? I'm always looking for suggestions, so comment below!