Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Nike Training Club: We Run #NTC

Last night I had the chance to go to an awesome workout! Nike NYC has been advertising a group workout  on Twitter, and I was really excited to check it out. The workout is part of Nike Training Club, and takes place on the rooftop at the flagship Nike Town store on 5th Avenue and 57th Street. Unfortunately, last Monday's torrential downpour monsoon prevented us from busting out some NTC move in the great outdoors, but this week brought beautifully perfect weather! So I laced up my Nike Frees and ran over the Queensboro Bridge get my body rocked.

We had no idea what we were in for!

Everything was seamless! We signed in, filled out consent forms, were offered amazing cross trainers to use during the workout for free, and were escorted up to the rooftop:

The workout was amazing! Will Arrufat was the trainer...he may look nice, but he is TOUGH on the training floor!

Will led us through a series of movements and then repeated them once. We started out with low impact cardio, and each circuit thereafter grew more and more intense. The circuits included moves such as lunges, burpees, mountain climbers, push ups, high knees, and many, many more demanding moves! Will provided us with a "holding pattern", aka do jumping jacks while he showed us the next movement. We literally did not stop moving! We took three water breaks, I took a fourth because there was so much sweat in my eyes my make up was stinging them!!! We were continually challenged throughout this workout, and the group mentality became more and more apparent. People were yelling "We run!" and others would repeat "NTC!" The music selection was upbeat and consistently changing.

At the end, when we were ready to die, but we had a partner challenge. The rules were simple: find someone you don't know and line up. Partner A had to do mountain climbers while partner B did 20 burpees...then you switch. Oh. My. Gosh. SO HARD! After a grueling workout, we had to push it one more time. We were also encouraged to cheer on our partner, and it could be heard all over the workout. It was typical fitness community camaraderie, and I loved it!

Will would not let us stop!

When we were finished, we were EXHAUSTED! Today I am sore; a good sore, not an over did it sore. According to our Nike Fuel Bands, we burned over 350 calories in about 45 minutes of exercise. We got together for a sweaty group photo, glad to be done but excited for next week's workout!

Sun's out guns out!

Verdict: CHECK OUT THIS NIKE TRAINING CLUB! It meets Monday nights from 6:30-7:30, totally free, and a challenging total body workout!

A special thank you to everyone at Nike Town who made this an awesome fitness class, and provided me with many of the pictures for this post!...I was busy getting my sweat on ;-)

How about you? Will I see you next Monday? Do you enjoy working out in big groups? Are a burpee lover or hater? TELL ME ABOUT IT!
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