David Barton Gym: Thursday Night Boxing with Floyd
As promised with the launch of my Kickstarter campaign last Wednesday, I am going to take two different types of fitness classes a week for the six week run of my campaign. Last Thursday, I took my first #fitnessexperimenter class at the Century City location of David Barton Gym. Convinced into going by my good friend and a regular of the class, I joined Floyd Weaver's 6:30PM boxing class after work.
- Class Set-Up: Takes place in the studio at top floor of the Century City location. Boxing heavy bags hang all around the outer edge of the space. Boxing gloves and hand wraps are not provided (good thing I have my own!).
- Class Style: Cardio heavy! Starts off with a jump rope warm-up then switches between running laps around the room and punching the heavy bag, then goes into heavy bag drills and a sets of 25 squats, 10 push-ups, 25 mountain-climbers. But be careful, if you slack off, Floyd will take this set all the way up the 75 of each! The class finishes off with 5x going up and down the David Barton stairs and about 10-15 minutes of abs.
- Conclusion: A lot of cardio and will definitely leave you sweaty and sore. Personally, I struggled with the push-ups layered with the boxing drills (my arms are not my strongest muscle). Overall, I LOVED the class because Floyd is just an awesome and fun trainer. He's so full of energy and enjoys dancing during the class while we are all dying during his drills. :D
- Pricing: Members-only, pricing varies.
- Location: (Century City) 1950 Century Park East, Los Angeles, CA 90067
- Parking: Free parking in the structure of the building (gets full quickly after work on weeknights)
Kinetic Cycling: An Uphill Climb with Rene
For my second #fitnessexperimenter class, I met up with my old college roomie that I haven't seen in years to take her good friend and another fellow Bruin, Rene Wiley's Monday night class at Kinetic cycling. This was my first time ever at Kinetic so I was in for quite a treat.
- Class Set-Up: Tons of stationary bikes (as pictured) facing one corner of the room. The corner of the room has a small stage where the instructor sits and includes a big plasma TV so you can watch all the interesting music videos that go with the track of the class. As pictured, the lighting in the room gives off a signature blue glow for this studio.
- Class Style: You will climb mountains in Rene's classes! And I mean Mount Everest! Rene starts you off at a steady pace to the beat of this amazing mixes and then ups the resistance on you. His drills include going in and out of the saddle in increments and then slowly bringing the gear up while "giving it all you got." His goal is to get you all the way up to gear 21 (which he did).
- Conclusion: One of the hardest cycling classes I've ever taken in my entire life. I've only tried a handful of cycling classes but I've never gone so high in resistance. But, Rene has awesome energy, provides a killer soundtrack with videos to match (Beyonce's mix was the only way I got through those hills) and pushes you to work harder, in a good way. I left the class soaked in sweat. I would definitely go back!
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