** CuseFIT2013 is a series of posts created to highlight fitness classes and offerings in and around Syracuse, NY. It is designed to give you my impressions and tips as a first timer at various classes. My hope is that by removing the unknowns about new classes you will feel more comfortable and confident moving classes from your “want to try list” to your “completed list”. Get BOLD and try something new! Did you miss Part 1-4? You can catch up here: Hot Yoga, Barre Class, Group Power, TRX.**
For part 5 of CuseFIT I found myself running late to a Saturday morning boot camp class at Metro Fitness! Boot camp sounds easy enough right? As I parked my car across the street and hustled into the building I couldn’t help but snap a shot of the beautiful building that calls Metro Fitness home. Please note this building is 6 stories tall, that will be important later.
I was greeted by a very friendly pair as I walked in the door. Club owner Randy Sabourin and Spin instructor Amy Preble made me feel right at home. I got a quick tour of the facility before the class started and was amazed to see towel service and a steam room in the ladies locker rooms. They also have keys for you to use for each locker (lifesaver!)
Let’s talk fashion!
I don’t have a great shot of what I wore but here is the breakdown and selfie for proof 😉 I’ve been living in my Old Navy capris and rocked them in this class as well as my black no name tank top from Marshall’s. One thing I would change about this outfit was my sports bra. I had no idea what to expect from this class. I have taken about three different versions of boot camp classes and NONE of them have ever been alike. I would suggest if you have a larger chest like me, wear a high impact bra. I rocked my crossfit one and it wasn’t a good choice.
After changing out of my snowy boots and finding a locker for my goods I was taken down to the group class room. Because the building is located in a historic downtown building it was really neat to see the way the areas had been transformed into group class area, cardio areas and weight centers. Some of old architectural elements are still present and add a lot of character to the space.
One other interesting note is the Graffiti work throughout the rooms which you can see on this post! A local artist came through and painted them all adding another really fun element to the gym atmosphere. You can read more about it here on their site.
Upon walking into the group room, I was introduced to the instructor Tony Romano. There were also some class participants who I asked “what way the class faced?”. They both looked a little puzzled and said the class goes all the way around the room. Awesome I thought, this sounds fun! I should have thought this isn’t going to be a weightlifting boot camp!
Then the class got started, first up a warm up. Remember how I said this building was 6 stories high? I know that because right off the bat we were running the stairs. First time up you could use every step, second time up every other. By the end of the warm up I was thinking WOW this is going to get TOUGH fast!
Getting back into the group room we were greeted with 10 stations and a tabata style rotation. Stations included box jumps, situps, planks, wall squats, high knees, squat thrusts, weighted ball wall toss and superman push ups. I know the ON time was :45 for the first set up , but I’m not 100% sure what the OFF time was.
As I’m writing this I’m like oh that sounds so easy…yet it was HANDING my ass to me. It could have been my four hours sleep the night before (darn kids why do they only throw up between the hours of 1am-5am?) but it was tough.
After completing the first round we swapped out situps for weighted ball twists and the box jumps for alternating legs. And completed the round again. The instructor Tony was encouraging and counted down each timed set.
This class was silent except for the pumpin’ tunes. It was intense. The music actually caught my ear at one point since some of the songs were the same as the ones my husband had recently added for me to my running mix.
After completing the second set it was time to runs the stairs again. I had just finished up the set at the wall squat. By the 3rd flight of stairs I had to stop and stretched out my legs. Once the stair
run fast walk was complete it was time to challenge the rotation again. This time though the sets were only :35 second long with a much shorter off time.
At the last stop of that rotation again the wall squat, I could no longer control my legs they were shaking sooo badly I thought I might just fall over at any given point!
This right here is one TOUGH group of people! Kudos to them for an amazing class.
But this is what I love about group classes. I’ve been thinking lately wow I’m really getting back into shape. My mile times are getting faster. I’m lifting a lot more weight and my weight has been coming off pretty quickly again. Then JUST LIKE THAT I take a class and get my rear end handed to me!
This is the type of class where you know if you go and give it your ALL you will see results. I’m actually excited to go back and try this class again. Although it was tough you leave with a great feeling of accomplishment. After all sweat is just fat crying 😉
After the class I had a chance to chat more with Randy the owner. It’s always nice to speak with professionals who are very excited about what they are doing! I learned more about their biggest looser competition and some new class offerings they have coming up including TRX and an Urban Challenge Class. Metro is also hosting a boot camp challenge this month attend any 6 classes and get a free T-shirt!
Metro Fitness Syracuse, NY
- Memberships: They offer a variety of memberships including personal training, group class passes and monthly memberships.
- The gym began as personal training and stays true to its roots. There is even a separate personal training area of the gym. I like that since it can be distracting working out next to a person being trained. Plus I would think it adds to the personalization for the trainee.
- They offer a variety of group classes including Pilates, Spin, Yoga, Zumba, TRX and Boot camp.
- They offer towel and locker service. As well as a steam room and relaxation area!
- The locker rooms also offered a lot of amenities including body wash, soaps and lotions!
What to Bring
- Bottle of water
- And a smile
What to Wear
- I would suggest shorts/capris and a comfortable shirt or tank. Ladies a high impact bra.
- Bring your sneakers, you’ll need to wear them.
What to expect
- Friendly and helpful instructors and members.
- A challenging class taught by instructors who know their stuff.
- Get ready to be pushed out of your comfort zone.
Would I suggest this class? Watch to hear more:
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Question of the Day: How was your weekend workout?