Favorite ClassPass Workouts

I want to preface this post by acknowledging the fact that I was recently quoted in an article about the ClassPass price hike in Boston, otherwise known as “ClassPassGate”. My quote was “this is definitely a tipping point”. But the price doesn’t go up until June, so I have still been enjoying ClassPass as an excellent way to motivate me to not only get somwhere to workout, but have high quality workouts once I’m there. And admittedly, I’m considering staying on because of the amount of studios in my new neighborhood (Charlestown). And, because my mom brought up a valid point: “You know Caitlin, if you stayed in one more night per week, you could afford the new higher price.” Goddammit. She’s right.

But anyway, I wanted to recap my favorite studios/classes, because I feel like I’ve been using ClassPass as a mix of trying new workouts and visiting those that I already knew I liked. So I want to share those that I’ve liked best!

Vixen Army @ BFX Studio

Say what? So this is one of the classes that I never would have tried without ClassPass. The name caught my eye, and after reading the description (“cardio dance fitness program that incorporates choreography from different genres of dance including Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, House and Street styles inspired by live concert performances and videos from chart topping artists”), I had to try it out. I went by myself and left the class thinking two things: “That was fun!” and “I wish I had come to this class with some girlfriends.”

Photo courtesy of our instructor!

Thankfully my friends Jeannie and Allie were 100% willing to give it a shot, and we now have ourselves a Monday night tradition. I would call Vixen Army “Zumba but with twerking”. The songs are familiar and so catchy. The dances are quite easy to learn and follow. And the instructor, Melissa Jurado, is so positive and encouraging! Each class starts with everyone repeating after her, saying affirmations like “I will not judge myself or anyone else in this room” and “Damn I look good for a Monday night”. Yes, it’s cheesy. But it’s also fun and a great workout.

Reeboot Ride @ Recycle Studio

I’ll start by suggesting you head over to Sarah Fit and check out her review of Recycle Studio. I pretty much echo the exact same opinions! I have really enjoyed taking classes at both Recycle locations (Boston Common and South End). The instructors are great – my favorites so far are Claire and John – and both studios are beautiful and always clean. I like that the bikes aren’t assigned because depending on how I’m feeling, sometimes I like to sit up front and sometimes I like to sit in the back, and I usually don’t know that mood until day-of.

Photo courtesy of Recycle’s Instagram.

The music in each class is always on point and the choreography keeps things interesting, so the 45 minutes go by relatively quickly. The only thing negative I have to say is, just like almost every other spin studio in Boston, the whole “riding to the beat of the music” thing doesn’t always work for me. Sometimes the RPM is so fast I feel like I’m going to fly off the saddle if I keep the resistance low enough to match that pace. But I just do my own thing as much as I can, and try not to feel self-conscious if my feet aren’t going as fast as everyone else’s in the class.

FlyBarre @ Flywheel Sports

I had tried FlyBarre a couple of times before joining ClassPass, and have really been excited about going back because it’s my favorite barre in Boston. I don’t sweat in any barre class like I do at Fly, and it’s really a great total body workout. The abs are absolutely (no pun intended) killer and I have yet to make it through an arm song without having to drop. I went this morning and feel absolutely amazing, despite the fact that I got up at 5:40am. (Full disclosure: that class wasn’t actually on ClassPass. A friend was kind enough to register me. That’s one con…not every class from a studio is avaiable for registration via ClassPass.) Your first class is free so if you’ve never tried FlyBarre before, I highly recommend signing up here and getting to a studio.

Flywheel is fun too – I even had the chance to take a free class recently with my friends, courtesy of ProYo frozen yogurt! Like my hat?

Theme Rides @ Turnstyle Cycle Back Bay

Recently Turnstyle Cycle in Kendall Square merged with Velo-City in Back Bay, to become one “mini-chain” of fitness. And they recently opened a new location too, in the South End’s Ink Block Apartments. While I attended the opening party for the Ink Block location, I’ve yet to take a class there. I’ve taken one class in Kendall Square, but my favorite location still remains the one in Back Bay; it’s the location I keep going back to. Part of that is due to convenience, but I also like that nothing there really changed during the transition from Velo-City to Turnstyle, aside from some signage (and new shoes).

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Every ride is still a theme ride (these are listed out conveniently on ClassPass), which is really fun. I also have always enjoyed the no-frills approach Turnstyle takes to spin. There are no fancy locker rooms, but there are passionate instructors that love to teach a fun class and give their students a good workout. And you won’t find a more affordable spin studio in Boston, if you’re looking for something outside of ClassPass.

Mornings @ Pure Barre

About a month ago I was browsing ClassPass trying to find a Friday morning class to (begrudgingly) sign up for, and stumbled upon a Pure Barre class at the Coolidge Corner location in Brookline. I had never seen a Pure Barre class on ClassPass before, and excitedly signed up. It’s at 7:10am, and since I live so close to Coolidge Corner, I can get there without having to wake up too early and get back in time to get ready and be at work by 9am. While FlyBarre is still my favorite, I can’t deny that this class is the perfect Friday morning workout. I’m tired I can handle getting through it, and always leave feeling accomplished – and ready to eat and drink all the Friday things.

So those are my favorite ClassPass workouts so far, though I also am still loving Cyc Fitness, and have taken the occasional class at Coolidge Corner Yoga, Simply Barre, and Everybody Fights. I’m sure that my favorite classes will also change after I move, so maybe I’ll do a post in the future about classes in the North End and Charlestown. Is anyone interested in seeing that?

I was not compensated for this post nor do I get any sort of discount from ClassPass. I just felt like sharing my favorite workouts, because there are so many to choose from here in Boston!

Which of these classes do you think would most appeal to you?

Did you hear about “ClassPass Gate”? What are your thoughts?

Letting Go of Old Clothes

It has been quite awhile since I wrote a post related to eating disorders and recovery. There was a time when that was almost all I wrote about here; a time when I was really struggling. Slowly after moving to Boston I began to do better and better, and the recovery related posts became less frequent. Particularly since this past summer, I have made lots of progress. I’ve taken more rest days than ever and realized that didn’t make me gain 50 pounds. I’ve been able to spend more time with friends and meet new people too, since I’ve been doing less hiding out in my apartment with my “safe foods”. I’ve even been able to let myself open up to someone and enter a serious relationship.

Jeff and I are actually moving in together over Memorial Day Weekend, and moving often presents a perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted and unneeded possessions. Most notably, clothes. Many who have gone through recovery from an eating disorder will know that clothes are a touchy subject. They become too small, and that’s hard to deal with. Every article of clothing that will no longer fit still makes me feel like a bit of a failure, even if that feeling lasts just a few seconds. I have been holding onto these clothes, because setting them aside to donate makes me feel like I am giving up on being as small as I once was.

But moving in with Jeff and taking the next step in our relationship is a sign of how far I have come. I’m ready to leave those clothes behind. The fact that he and I are even at this point is because I was able to put myself out there and go out to eat on dates more often than I was used to. I was able to decide, screw it, I’m not going to the gym because I’m going to lay in bed all day with someone. I am going to spend time with someone instead of hiding out in my apartment – or even invite him into my apartment. I am going to let myself lose control a little bit and fall in love.

The person who fit into those clothes would never have been able to do all of that.

Bye to this child's size workout top.

Bye to this child’s size workout top.

Bye to this shirt.

Bye to this shirt (and wtf with my hoop earrings).

Bye to these shorts (but hello to this awesome llama).

Bye to these shorts (but hello to this awesome llama).

Bye to this dress (but clearly the wine love has always been there).

Bye to this dress (but clearly the wine love has always been there).

It felt so easy this week to put the clothes into these trash bags. I haven’t worn them in months. I don’t want to wear them again. I’m happy. I’m about to start a new chapter of my life. There is no place in that chapter for my old clothes.

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Not even half of the clothes I have collected over this past week.

Plus now, there’s space in my future-closet for new clothes! So, that’s always a good thing.

Have you ever struggled with letting go of something that was part of a previous chapter of your life?

Journey to Western Mass: Part 2

Did you miss part one of my recap? Click here to read! Also, for any of my readers who live in Boston and love fitness, I’m hosting an Instagram giveaway for two tickets to the Jimmy Fund Fit Fest taking place this Saturday on the Esplanade. Enter here!

When I last left off, my boyfriend Jeff and I were convening with our friends Matt and Dave in the lobby of the Hotel Northampton for dinner. One of the best parts about our trip was the fact that our hotel was located right in the center of town, and we could walk everywhere! We took a short stroll to Bistro Les Gras, a farm to table restaurant with menus that change daily. First we got a round of appetizers, including a fantastic steak tartare.

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Three out of four of us went with the burger as our entree, thanks to recommendations from many locals we’d talk to throughout the day. The burger lived up to its reputation, and its flavor made it obvious that it was ground in-house.

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Journey to Western Mass: Part 1

Back when I lived in Connecticut, I lived less than an hour from Western Massachusetts, yet never bothered to explore the area. After this past weekend, I’m definitely regretting that. The Hampshire County Tourism Board sent me, my boyfriend Jeff, and my friends/amazing couple Matt and Dave on a fantastic weekend trip to Western Mass, and I’m already wondering when I can return!

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Jeff and I hit the road Saturday morning and enjoyed an easy ride out west, where we met Matt and Dave. Our first stop was Mineral Hills Winery in Florence, MA. There we met with the owner, Larry Goddard. He showed us an absolutely incredible time that, as Jeff put it, “ruined wine tastings for him forever”. That’s a good thing – it means we really got the VIP treatment!

Larry greeted us with tastes of May Wine, which is a German beverage traditionally served on May Day.

Larry greeted us with tastes of May Wine, which is a German beverage traditionally served on May Day.

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Pub Run with True Runner

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and True Runner. All opinions are my own.

I was recently invited by True Runner, an athletic retailer in The Shoppes at Chestnut Hill, to participate in one of their community running events. The second I heard the words “Pub Run”, I was interested. A workout followed by pizza and beer has my name written all over it!

True Runner was kind enough to send me some cool socks and a really comfy tech tee for the run! But obviously I also needed a bottom component so I headed to the Chestnut Hill store to browse for just that.

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A Florida Birthday

March 22nd was my 27th birthday and I truly felt like the celebrations lasted for days and days. Jeff took me out for a great birthday dinner in Boston the Friday before, and I also visited one of my favorite bars with a ton of friends for an epic night out on Saturday. But I spent my actual birthday in Orlando, Florida with my family and Jeff.

No Florida birthday is complete without Publix cake, or a heavy dose of Lilly Pulitzer. My brother and sister gifted me a Lilly wine tote and stemless wine glasses, and my family gifted me my favorite white cake with white icing.

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ClassPass to Cocktails

Oops…I went MIA for awhile there. Sorry about that! Those who follow me on Instagram already know that I just returned from a trip to Orlando, FL with my family and boyfriend. I’ll be posting a vacation recap soon, but it already seems so far away given all that I have coming up in Boston this week!

For awhile now, ClassPass has been taunting me with an intro offer of $19 for two-weeks of unlimited classes. I just have been waiting for a period of time to come along with no trips, even short ones, before I activated those two weeks. Well that time is finally here and I’m already addicted! I’ve been taking more days off from the gym and eating/drinking more than ever simultaneously. This has led to me gaining weight and not feeling good about myself at all. I figured ClassPass would be the motivation I needed to work out each day, and so far I’ve been right. I love researching and finding new classes, or classes that I already know I love but at studios I don’t have memberships to. So far I’ve taken Flywheel and Cyc, and have Recycle Studio, Barry’s Bootcamp, and a kickboxing class lined up for the next few days. I don’t remember the last time I felt this psyched for working out!

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Weekend Getaway in Cape Cod

Back toward the end of last year, I spotted a Gilt City deal for the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, MA – on Cape Cod. I thought an off-season getaway with my boyfriend Jeff would be a great way to break up the long winter and booked a room using the deal for this past Saturday (February 20th). During booking, I wondered if we’d end up with a snowy and frigid weekend. Certainly the opposite happened – the weekend was sunny and the temperatures mild. We really lucked out!

Our favorite part of any hotel is a nice fuzzy bathrobe!

Unfortunately we did not luck out in the realm of resort patrons…and timing with February school break! The Ocean Edge was CRAWLING with kids. It didn’t seem we could escape them; visits to the restaurant on-site at both 5:30PM and 9PM proved that there was no ideal time to dine, as at both hours almost every table had a child sitting at it. I love my friends’ kids, but other than that I am not a kid person. So after a quick dinner, we ended up hiding in our room for most of the night, aside from a quick dip in the hot tub. But it’s OK – we had bathrobes, lots of channels to watch, and plenty of bubbles. Plus the room was really nice! I just don’t think I’ll be staying at the Ocean Edge again, or recommending it to anyone unless they have kids.

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Valentine’s Day Weekend in Boston

Usually I just look at Valentine’s Day as an annoyance, since the holiday makes restaurants extra busy. But this year I actually had a Valentine to celebrate with, and I do love indulging a cheesy holiday when appropriate, so I didn’t mind the crowded restaurants. I just made sure to make a reservation!

Red Hook and Manhattan. (Photo by Jeff)

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Thinking Out Loud: Still a Thing

It’s been so long since I did a Thinking Out Loud post that I wasn’t even sure if Amanda’s link-up was still a thing. But I had no overall theme for a post today, just random stuff, so I thought I’d check. Sure enough, Thinking Out Loud Thursdays are still going strong, so that’s what you get today.

I did something I never thought I’d do: start wearing a Fitbit. It was gifted to me by a friend and I figured, why not give this a shot? I normally make a point of avoiding numbers. I don’t look at nutrition labels, I cover up the torque and RPM in Flywheel, and I’ve never had interest in wearing a heart rate monitor during my workouts. But I’ve also been doing a good job ignoring numbers when they are put right in front of me (like when I housed Shake Shack last weekend despite the calorie counts blatantly being posted on the menu board). So I set it up last week.

So far I like wearing it. I do feel a little guilty when I don’t hit my step goal, but to be honest, the Fitbit Flex is not that accurate when it comes to tracking overall activity. For example I wore it during a CorePower Yoga Sculpt class, which is one of the hardest workouts I have EVER done, and afterward the app stated I’d only been active 19 minutes. Excuse me? That was an hour long workout in a 96 degree room. I may not have hit my step goal that day, but I know and am confident that I definitely hit my own personal activity goal, and did not let numbers tell me otherwise. It is fun though to try to hit step goals or just realize how many steps it takes for me to take normal routes, like from work to home.

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