TOP 5 Indoor Gym Workouts to Try (while it’s still cold)

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So….you woke up this morning cursing the cold and wind, right?  It was a very King Lear moment for most of us as we woke to the world, despite the additional dose of light coming in earlier all the time.

Take heart though.  Spring is on it’s way, and before long you’ll find yourself getting a healthy dose of vitamin D outside while you get in your daily activity level.  While it’s still chilly, head over to the 14th Street Y and try some of our favorite classes!  In no particular order:

1.  7:00PM Monday night:  PUNK ROPE.  The Y is happy to host Tim Haft’s PUNK ROPE in our Basketball gymnasium every week, bringing in the vibe, people and music of the East Village.  The class is a combination of everything that was fun about recess, and everything that is challenging about a solid, sweaty boot camp class.

2.  6:15PM Tuesday night:  NIA.  Love to dance?  NIA is a combination of the grace and power of dance, martial arts and overall body conditioning. Plus, our instructor is Yvonne Pucket, a former Hollywood dancer.  Real Hollywood.  Like, California.  With Elvis!

3. 6:20PM Wednesday night:  ZUMBA.  There’s a reason Zumba is so popular.  In our version, the energetic and popular Adja Diarra leads you through Latin rhythms, easy to follow and fun moves, plus some resistance training to help you tone, sculpt and burn.

4.  6:30PM Thursday night: TABATA.  This is that thing where you alternate periods of short, intense aerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods, for the entire hour. Taught by the amazing Jennifer Hamlin,  You’ll sweat like it’s summer.

5.  11:30AM Friday Morning: Power Sculpt and Ab Blast:  45 minutes of intense power sculpting that works your endurance and strength, followed by a 15 minute classic abs workout.  Taught by Elizabeth Schneider, who’s style makes you feel really good about the fact that you can barely lift your arms to put away your mat.

 

Try these and so many more fitness classes at the Y by becoming a member!  Click here to find out how.

 

–Camille Diamond is the Director of Community Engagement and Communications at the 14th Street Y.  Her arms still hurt from last Friday.

The BUFF BRIDE’S Trainer

Today our blog features an interview with Jordan Forth, our BUFF BRIDE’s Personal Trainer.  Christen, our Buff Bride has been working with Jordan since March and getting into the best shape of her life for her Fall ’12 wedding.  Christen has been consistently working out in our fitness center with Jordan for  Strength training workouts, combining this with Evening Yoga classes and gym workouts on her own.

The Y:   Hi Jordan, thanks so much for meeting with us today.  To start, we’d like to know how have the workouts have affected her progress?

Jordan:  People when they work out, or in life, tend to play to their strengths.  As a trainer,  I’m someone who motivates her through the things she doesn’t like as much. Consistency with a trainer especially,  always affects the progress, as opposed to her working out on her own.  When you’re with a trainer, you don’t have to think about what you’re doing, someone else does that for you.  And you also have someone who can motivate you, which has a huge impact on progress.  In fact, I always tell people to work out with a partner or with a team, because it keeps you accountable to someone.

The Y:   And takes them to the next level?

Jordan:  Exactly!  It’s very  motivating.  Even me, I’ve been working out since I was about 12 years old.  And if I’m working out with someone else, or a team, I’m always going to push it that much more, not only for myself but for the people who I’m with.  As far as a trainer is concerned, people will push it that much more because they have someone to do it for.

The Y:  Christen’s workouts went for the mix of the strength and endurance workouts combined with Yoga.  How have they complimented one another and affected her progress?

Jordan:   Yoga is great.  I do it and have done it for 13 years.  Flexibility is essential, along with strength, cardio and endurance, those are the keys to fitness.  With most people there are specific things where they need flexibility.  In general, one has to be careful about hyper flexibility, and putting joints at risk by creating hyper flexibility where you don’t need it.  As I mentioned, People work towards their strengths. Christen has done really well balancing the flexibility training from Yoga with the Strength and muscular endurance training with me.   Christen has also been working around her busy schedule.  She’s got a great career, she travels a lot, and she works out when she can and what works with her life.  She needs to reduce stress as much as she needs to build strength, and the yoga and cardio training she’s done outside of the workouts with me have been great for her.

One other thing about Yoga is that it also balances your nervous system, you connect with breathing, focus on body awareness, body mind connection.  Yoga and Strength complement each other tremendously for that.

 Pictured:  Jordan and Christen stretch using the fitness ball, activating core muscles while stretching the legs.

The Y:    How about nutrition and food?    Is that something you talk about?   Is there more of a craving for certain kinds of foods by working out this hard?

Jordan:   For sure, that’s always going to be the case.  The more intense your workouts, the more you’re zapping your body of glycogen stores in your organs and muscles. We have a tendency to crave carbs, which is fantastic but you want to do healthy fuel, less processed, more whole grains and foods.  We talk about nutrition some and use My Fit Pal.  When you live in New York and work in a tough industry, it’s tough to prepare healthy food from whole ingredients.  Overall, we want to have food that is the least processed.

The Y:   Any thoughts from you about what it’s like in general to work with one person and see the change?

Jordan:   Generally, in life and in training, What you get in is what you get out.  Hands down, no matter what you do.  Trainers are a medium, and  a trainer can only encourage you and provide you with the information and motivation needed to guide you through.  Sometimes a trainer’s work can be frustrating because the client isn’t putting in the work, and not getting the results that they want.  But when they Do put in that work, and they do get the results, I’m ecstatic the rest of the day.  It’s only frustrating when I want it more for the person than they do.  When I see someone who’s gung ho and dedicated, it makes me smile and excited in general.  That’s huge for me.  Being able to help people move better–When it boils down, that is why I do this.  I want help people move better.  The more they can do that, the more they can move through life’s challenges.

For more information about Personal Training at the Y, contact Adja_Diara@14StreetY.org.  Information is also available on our website.