Hi there! Hope you’ve had a good Tuesday. My least favorite day of the week has gotten significantly better since I joined friends at the track for the first time last week. At least now I have these people to start my day off on the right foot.
The track was icy so we kept it simple with a workout of 800m, 600m, 400m, 200m and 200m intervals. I run with Ricki, and we basically just judge pace by “fast, faster, fastest” which seems to work for now.
Note to Asics – your gear really is reflective…It was a beautiful morning so I’m glad I got to enjoy a sunrise before another “wintry mix” hit Boston.
Backing up to last night, I somehow found myself at a dance class for the first time in a solid two decades. I first heard about this class from the founders of JustUsGals, a Boston lifestyle blog about style, entertainment, career, and other topics of interest to 20-somethings. They planned a blogger event with BollyX, a new workout in Boston that is trying to get the word out through people who love fitness.
BollyX is a “Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography and intensive workouts with upbeat music from around the world. Its 50-minute cardio workout cycles between high- and low-intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating, and cheering all at the same time.” The website also says no prior dance experience or coordination is required. Thank goodness.
I immediately said I’d come without thinking this one through. I wanted to meet other bloggers in the city and figured I have never regretted doing things outside my comfort zone so why not? But “Bollywood-inspired” dancing on a Monday night with complete strangers is as about as far from my comfort zone as we can get.
The class was at the Dance Complex in Central Square, but classes are held at various locations through the city depending on the night. I arrived at the studio to find about eight other bloggers and just as many BollyX instructors, who immediately put us at ease with their infectious energy.
The instructor and co-founder of BollyX, Mayuri Bhandari, explained the workout and led us through a 50 minute class with about 3-4 choreographed routines. Now there’s a reason why I’ve never tried Zumba – my profound lack of rhythm distracts me from truly letting loose and working up a good sweat. The class was an absolute blast, and some people were clearly getting a great workout. I enjoyed it regardless simply from watching the instructors – not only were they incredible dancers but they were also smiling from ear to ear and clearly having so much fun.
Mayuri encouraged us to freestyle, cheer and clap whenever we felt like it – a playfulness I’ve come to love with fitness. I’d recommend the class for anyone who is looking to switch up their cardio routine, loves to dance or struggles with boredom at the gym. BollyX is hosting a number of free classes this month and even full priced is only around $12, a steal comparing other specialty studio classes in Boston. You can find the schedule here.
I’ll share photos and videos from last night’s class whenever I get them. Fair game as blackmail.