A helpful guide to navigating workout classes at the Colvin.
By: Morgan Malget
Here at MODMuze, we know how hard it can be to keep New Year's resolutions, especially if that resolution involves health and fitness (which I'm sure many of yours do.) With being a month and a half into 2019, it's probably becoming difficult to go to the gym every day and get your sweat on and trust me, I don't blame you. Hitting the treadmill and lifting weights can eventually get boring if you get stuck doing the same workouts over and over again. Keeping variation in your workouts can help you stay motivated, and going to one of the various classes at the Colvin is a great way to spice things up. That's why I attended and reviewed seven workout classes that the Colvin offers to share my experience and hopefully encourage you to do the same! Working out with a friend is also a great way to stay motivated, so I brought along my friend Makenzi to help me get through them!
Monday: TRX at 5:30 p.m. Offered: Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. A high-intensity, cardio and conditioning class for 50 minutes.
TRX is a great class if you want to get your sweat on and if you want to achieve that full-body burn. It's full of many different exercises that you can adjust the intensity of to fit your needs. The instructor of this class, Lauren, is high energy and is very upbeat and motivational. This is also a great class to bring your gym buddy to because many of the exercises you will do require you and a partner to switch off between workouts. This is the perfect class to work on all aspects of your strength, and it will get your heart pumping!
Tuesday: Zumba at 4:30 p.m. Offered: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. A medium-intensity, dance style class for 50 minutes.
Zumba is a great class to try out if you're tired of your same cardio routine, and you're looking for something light, upbeat and fun. If it's your first time to attend the class, you may struggle a little with learning the dance moves, but the class does the same 6-7 dances every time. This means if you attend the class a few times, you are sure to get down the footwork. Along with the same dances that are involved every week, the instructor teaches 2-3 new ones so that the classes always stay fresh and exciting.
Wednesday: Hip-hop at 8 p.m. Offered: Wednesday at 8 p.m. A low-intensity, dance class for 1 hour 15 minutes.
The hip-hop class at the Colvin is fun and enjoyable for dancers of all levels. It's perfect for those nights when you're sitting at home bored with nothing to do. There's nothing better than having fun with your BFFs while also staying active. The instructor, Taylor, is energetic and keeps the class positive. Every week she teaches a new dance count-by-count, so it's easy and simple to learn. Everyone in the class is always so supportive, so you're sure to leave the class feeling great.
Thursday: Kickboxing at 7:30 p.m. Offered: Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. A high-intensity, cardio and conditioning class for 50 minutes.
Kickboxing will give you a high-intensity cardio workout that you are sure to be feeling the next day. This class combines martial arts and punching bags to work up a sweat. I have tried to go to this class multiple times, and I normally get there about 15 minutes early, and a lot of times the class is already full. I would highly suggest getting to the Colvin for the class at least 20 minutes early so you can be sure to get a spot. Also, this will give you time to get your hands wrapped before throwing punches!
Friday: Strength and Stretch at 12:10 p.m. Offered: Monday at 5:30 p.m. Friday at 12:10 p.m. A low-intensity resistance class for 40 or 50 minutes.
Strength and stretch is the perfect mix of pilates and yoga. It incorporates light cardio in the beginning to get your heart rate up, and then it is compiled of multiple simple full body exercises. You can customize this class to your level because you can choose how much weight you want to use for your exercises. Many of the moves you will do in the class can be modified to be more or less difficult. The instructor, Debbie, fills this class with moves that may seem simple, but they are sure to make you feel the burn!
Saturday: Spin at 8:30 a.m. Offered: Monday and Wednesday at 6, 4:30, 5:30. Tuesday and Thursday at 6, 5:30. Friday 6. Saturday 8:30. Sunday 5:30 p.m. A high-intensity cardio and conditioning class for 30 or 50 minutes.
Spin is taught by multiple different instructors, and they all make you sweat! They play fun, upbeat music that is sure to keep up your morale while you believe that your legs may be on the verge of falling off. This class will give you an intense cardio and leg workout. You may feel so out of breath during the class, but once you're done, you'll be wanting to go back again.
Sunday: Yoga at 6 p.m. Offered: Monday and Wednesday at 6:30, 12:10, 7:30. Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30, 9, 12:10. Friday 7. Sunday 6. A low-intensity, mind and body class for 40 or 50 minutes.
Sunday night yoga is the perfect end to a week full of workout classes! During this class, poses are held for multiple minutes which allows you to get a deep stretch. While the Sunday yoga class is slow-paced, there are multiple other yoga classes during the week which are more fast-paced. Also, the class on Sunday night usually focuses on stretching a specific part of the body while other classes are for the total body.
The Colvin Center offers so many great opportunities to reach your fitness goals. Attending any of the classes there can help you stay upbeat and keep from getting burnt out on working out. Don't be nervous to try new classes, grab a friend and hit the Colvin!
Photographer: Katie Cohen