When it comes to workout classes, I love trying new ones when given a chance to switch up the routine. Little did I know how much I would need to hit a gym when I booked these classes and in retrospect I’m REALLY glad I did. While I did get a little sick, a head cold is nothing to hold me back from a workout, especially when I’ve got some much needed stress and tension to release.
After the emotional rollercoaster that was traveling to London, I still made it to my first Barry’s Bootcamp class (in the rain) and thanks to a lost suitcase, was able to grab a sports bra and shirt post class (and I’ll get reimbursed for it). While I may have only been at about 60% of my normal workout strength and I had my moments of wanting to just throw in the towel and leave, the class was a good way to end a day. I treated myself to a chai smoothie from the smoothie bar following class and it was as delicious as everyone says. I was supposed to do a series of three classes while in town, but cut it down to two as Saturday was spent sleeping in and then exploring the city (more on that with tomorrow’s post).
Sunday, it was raining yet again, but after picking up something similar to DayQuil/NyQuil at the only 24 hour pharmacy in the city, I headed over to Core Collective to try out their Velocity class. I was probably back to about 90% and fell in love with the class. Core Collective offers 3 types of classes – Velocity (HIIT), Accelerate (spin) & Resistance (TRX). They are relatively new having only opened a few months ago, but they know what they’re doing. Tucked away on Kensington High Street I had initially planned to take class, grab a smoothie and head over to Kensington Gardens to sit and enjoy the day but rain had made other plans. I ended up getting a green smoothie packed with apple cider vinegar, coconut water, protein, spinach, spirulina, bee pollen and some other super foods that was exactly what I needed following class.
Barry’s round two happened this morning prior to catching my bus down to Brighton and I got to check out the other London studio that just opened recently. I was a bit more myself for this class and enjoyed a lot more! Faisal & his #PMA mantra (positive mental attitude) were just what I needed to end a whirlwind of a few days. Also.. if Kim Kardashian actually does the glutes and thighs class.. I get it now..
While I loved both studios, I think I was a bit more of a fan of the feel of Core Collective, although Barry’s is still a treat to experience.