Dumbbell rating out of 5: 3.5
Located on West Paces, cycling at FLYWHEEL was a lot of fun. I checked in (10:30am/Sunday)and was given clip shoes for my ride and directions to use a locker. I grabbed a towel and was met at the door by maintenance personnel who helped me with my seat position and height. The studio was dark, the music was blaring, the spotlight and mic on the instructor took me back to club nights, except it was Sunday morning.
All bikes have a torque(resistance) and rpm digital display so you were constantly aware of your effort. The instructor also kept the workout moving by giving you different torque levels and rpms to aim for during the class. The entire ride consisted of either sitting or standing with a variation of torque and rpms. We lifted 2-4lb mini-bars and performed upper body exercises which created a great deal of burn but I'm sure not much else with only 2-4 minutes of the one song. I would have loved to have lifted the bars more and maybe add more variation with the ride. The music was a great mix of hip-hop, r&b etc. but after 15 minutes it dawned on me why the earplugs were at the check-in. I'll blame that one on my 40 year old ears. I'm sure like most of the other riders, my 20 -30yr old ears would have been fine. I often small talk with the participants to get a feel of the culture and none of that was happening here. I got stuck in my clipped shoes(hilarious right), the girl next to me seemed annoyed that I had to ask for how to escape.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE CLASS
1. The Instructor - She rode the entire time which both inspired and motivated me, she was great. Not only did she killed the ride but served as real-life model of what to shoot for, she was in amazing shape!
2. No Pressure - I didn't feel pressure to overwork. I signed up (optional) to have my power levels displayed and compared with other participants. I couldn't for the life of me power my way fast enough to move up the list and it was just fine.
3. The Workout - The techniques used to maintain your heart rate for the duration of this class made it a great cardiovascular workout. For those looking to shed a few extra pounds and get a major sweat going or to complement your strength training regiment, this class is for you.
4. The Apparel - I feel in love with the apparel. I took a tank top to the register RE-LENT-LESS RIDE. It was great, until she told me with tax it was $50....WHAT? Try a ride and check out that tank top (it's still there). :-)
The single most important thing that you can do to curb weight gain this holiday season is drink water...and lots of it. This is the perfect time of year to find an affordable water bottle with all of the bells and whistles that fits your needs. Insulated, spill-proof, built-in filter, glass (my favorite) it's out there and usually in the clearance section due to the season. Who drinks water in the winter? You should!
It's true that we are not reminded with 90 degree temperatures and beating sun that we need to drink water. However, almost every place we visit will have the heater on. Also, many of the foods we consume this time of year are loaded with salt and sugar that both retain water and put on the pounds. Call the celebrities a little self-centered but they know the basics which is why you often see the hoisting a water bottle, it's not just for looks. So while you shop for others, love yourself to health by hydrating.
Dumbbell rating out of 5: 4.0 Dumbbells
Nestled in the basement of Lenox Mall, The Forum is easy to get to. Known for it's Fast Twitch classes, current and former NFL players and personal trainers it caters to the Buckhead community. Including the 30-40 something moms with kids who want a kick-a@# workout. I attended the Saturday morning Full-Body Fast Twitch class which offered an array of athletic moves. Sled pushing, Bosu bouncing, bicep curling & squats are just a few of the many exercises we completed in circuit form nonstop for one-hour.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE CLASS:
1. Music - Upbeat old/new school hip hop. Almost thought I was 20 again, but there are too many mirrors for that. :-)
2. Amenities - Locker room stocked full of Q-tips, mouthwash, lotion, deodorant, and two towel sizes. Great for a trip to the mall after.
3. Kid Friendly - The Forum offers a kids fitness class taught by former NFL player Dorsey Levens at the same time for ages 7 & up. For younger kids, childcare/nursery is available for only $5 (non-members included). Perfect if you have little ones.
4. Equipment - Class offers equipment that you wouldn't find in a typical gym. Movable sled, arm crank(@instagram/loveyouhealthy) and more.
5. Roman (Forum Owner) - As the only one leading the class, he created a culture of accountability encouraging you to check out the participant in front of you, and maintain your form for others as well.
WHAT MATTERED MOST: At the end of class, Roman fist-bumped everyone and told them "good job/good work" and it made you feel like "yeah - I did do a good job, thanks".
It's that time of year again, when calorie count goes up and activity level goes down. Take advantage on those days that you will have a day full of running errands and shopping by preparing and eating meals at home BEFORE you leave. This is a great way to keep the calorie count down and minimize eating out.
In the meantime, our workouts will kick it up a notch as we all enter a cardio craze. Meaning most workouts will be designed to keep your heart rate at an elevated level for a prolonged time. Your endurance will increase while that number on the scale should decrease. For private clients and those participating in Spinergy, get ready to sweat through constant movement for a complete hour (at least). Hang in there we will soon move to a toning phase when the holidays are over. - Saidah
What can I say, it's Thanksgiving! Ever tried to get a recipe from a family member? Here is my attempt at trying to understand my mother's sweet potato pie recipe. What I love about it, is the sweet potatoes are baked, not boiled like most recipes. Baking enhances the tasting thus allowing for LESS sugar in the recipe. Enjoy and if you need to put an extra pinch or dash of something here or there feel free, I'm sure my mom did. :-)
I'm so excited to launch Atlanta's Fitness Forty. In my quest to become my best self, I've enlisted the help of my beloved city - Atlanta. I will visit what are known as the top fitness boutiques in Atlanta, rating each one according to cleanliness, intensity, instruction, safety, quality of workout and logistics. From indoor cycling to yoga, and kickboxing, I will experience the top 40 Atlanta Fitness workouts and give you the 'skinny' on each one. Hopefully, you will become inspired to try one yourself. The first up: The Forum Athletic Club, Buckhead (Fast Twitch, Full-Body).
The next two weeks is considered by some to be the busiest travel days of the week. Here are a few tips to keep you safe these next couple of days while traveling:
1. Drink Water - It keeps you from overeating when you arrive at your destinations and frequent bathroom breaks keep you moving.
2. Wake up and walk - The roads are always open. Take the time to have a brisk walk in the morning before you start your day of family obligations and food handling. It cuts back on overeating and gets keeps you moving throughout the holidays.
3. Visit a local fitness class - Fitness classes are looking for newcomers to shake it up with. I'm always excited when out-of-towners drop-in. Find a local cardio, yoga or fitness class to crash and bring a family member for a new type of family fun.