I cannot believe this! I was almost done with my blog entry and Firefox crashed.
The abridged version:
The sizzle sisters (four outgoing women that love morning workouts) decided to get together one last time before a sister moves to Omaha. Who even lives in Omaha? We decided to try out Bloomington Body Bar. BBB holds several classes. One of them is a Barre class. I thought our vivacious group known for hijinks and everything funny would be a blast in this environment. I was expecting this:
Instead we got this:
Ok. Not really. There was a lot of huffing and puffing.
Actually, Bloomington Body Bar is an amazing facility. Very Very Very nice. Hardwoods, great lighting, personal hand towels, small classes, flavored water and I am sure a complimentary orchid if I had asked. I joked that it should be called the 2 ct. club. Only women with 2 ct. solitaire diamond rings attend. I found the Barre class fun, but I was only slightly sore. Plus there was some chubby know-it-all that talked down to us. This only made me feel that I was probably that girl at my current gym.
With my friend’s urging, I tried some of the other classes.
These are the things I look at when I go to a gym:
- Is it clean? Do I enjoy the environment?
- Are the people friendly? Do I feel comfortable with the instructor?
- Do I work hard during the workout? Will I be sore for at least a day post workout?
- Is there enough variety to keep me interested?
- Do the hours work with my schedule?
- Is it cost effective? Is the membership cost worth it?
After trying a different class (TRX) I found that BBB did fit many of the criterion. The only problem is that the cost is very high. I have to weigh the pros and cons. I love my current gym, Btown Barbell. It mixes weightlifting moves with functional body weight exercises. It is just nice to mix it up.
What about you? What workouts/class type is the best for you? Do you love variety or want to stick to the same thing?