Title Boxing Review

By Caroline and Jon

This past weekend, TCC stayed in NYC and was looking for a new fun, cool, different workout. After a #nycsummerstreets long run on Saturday, it was time to do a cross training class on Sunday. It’s been on TCC’s bucket list (well, really Caroline’s and with some pushing, Jon’s too) to try a boxing class, so we found ourselves at TITLE boxing in Hell’s Kitchen for the Sunday 12:30pm class with Michael. Caroline’s review is in italics, and Jon’s in bold..let the story begin, ding ding!

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SWERVE Midtown Review

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By Caroline and Jon

(NOTE: Caroline’s review is in italics; Jon’s is in bold)

That Class Couple loves to spin together. We can’t always agree on favorite exercise classes, but spin is one activity which we always enjoy sharing, even when we are fiercely competing against each other (let’s just say the Flywheel torque boards provide some fantastic motivation).

For a while now, we’ve wanted to try out SWERVE’s new midtown studio, just a 15 minute walk away from TCC HQ (aka our apartment). It’s all but impossible to book a class at SWERVE Midtown during the week, so, for the first free weekend day we spent in New York in months (TCC has been busy), we scooped up spots at SWERVE Sixty as soon as we could.

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Here’s what we thought:

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Plush Fitness Abs and Agility Review

By Caroline

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One of the best parts of ClassPass is the being able to take new and different classes with friends. About once a week or so, I do this with two girlfriends. The class pick is always an interesting one- usually right after work (6:30pm), somewhere near-ish to where we work (midtown), and a class that everyone agrees on (easier said than done). Trying to switch it up, we were looking for a boxing class (we’ve never done boxing before!) and found one at Plush Fitness, located on 30th between Madison and 5th Ave. One of the worst parts of ClassPass is that, sometimes,there are a limited amount of CP spots, even though the class might still have spots open on their regular site. When only 2 of the 3 of us were able to get Plush Fitness’ boxing class, we decided to switch to Abs and Agility so we could all be in class together.

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SWERVE Speakers Series: Roger Goodell

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By Jon

Just about a month ago, I checked my email while waiting in an interminably long chopped salad line, and saw that I had received an email from SWERVE. Ok, not unusual, boutique gyms send marketing emails every day, but this one included three very special letters. N. F. L. SWERVE was hosting a “Speakers Series” event at its new midtown location with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and there was absolutely no way that I could possibly be anywhere else in the world while this was going on. Spin with Roger Goodell??? Oh my gosh. The possibilities. Would I beat him? Of course I would beat him! He’d probably throw a penalty flag at me for cycling too aggressively, fine me $10,000, and ban me from SWERVE for 4 games.

All kidding aside, this event sounded incredibly cool, and I signed up immediately. SWERVE, which, in case you don’t know it, is a boutique spin studio with two locations in Manhattan (one in Flatiron and a beautiful new studio in midtown) which differentiates itself from the Flywheels and Soul Cycles of the world by dividing riders into teams which compete against one another. It’s a great product, and Caroline and I will be writing a full review shortly. SWERVE recently started hosting a “Speaker Series,” which brings well-known individuals into the studio to share a spin class with participants, and then have an informal, roundtable conversation. In the words of a SWERVE spokesperson, “a SWERVE ride first, to get people to connect to each other, in a real way and break down barriers (it’s amazing how much more fun it is to chat with people when you’re on an endorphin-high and not worrying about how your tie or dress looks), followed by an intimate conversation with a NYC leader.”

I was skeptical about how close we would actually get to Commissioner Goodell (I mean he wasn’t actually going to cycle with us, was he?), and then, while strapping on my spin shoes before class, there, in front of me, was Roger Goodell himself, in shorts and a t-shirt, ready to roll. He looked at my Jets shirt, briefly looked up at me, ascertained that there was no way I had ever played for the Jets or any other team, at any level, ever, and moved on. But OHMYGODTHATWASROGERGOODELL!!!!!! And even better, the Commissioner and the guy next to him who most definitely was a former NFL player were on my SWERVE team! We would absolutely dominate the competition, clearly.

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Spoiler alert: We did not dominate the competition. Actually, we got our butts kicked. But class was great, James was a fantastic instructor who spun some football fan favorites into his playlist (think Eminem, Kanye), and the best part was yet to come.

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Yes, the free peanut butter smoothie was delicious, but I’m talking about the roundtable discussion, of course. After a few minutes, everyone cooled down from an intense class, and Commissioner Goodell came out, red-faced, surrounded by bottles of water and enormous men. No, not bodyguards, but former NFL players Tony Richardson, Matt Birk, and Eric Coleman. Ok, now this was officially the coolest thing ever. The commish, two former Jets, including one of the best fullbacks of all time, and a Super Bowl winning center. SO COOL!!!!

The SWERVE spokesperson was completely spot-on, having sweat through a spin class with Commissioner Goodell and his entourage, barriers were broken down, and the conversation was completely informal. One of the co-founders of SWERVE served as moderator, and asked the guests about exercise, football, and life–mostly about life. Hearing how Goodell worked his way from Jets intern to NFL Commissioner, how Tony Richardson climbed the ladder from undrafted NFL rookie to Pro Bowl fullback and NFL labor leader, was incredibly inspiring, not only to a diehard football fan, but to anyone looking to better him or herself. True to SWERVE’s mission, each speaker was inspirational, motivating, and dynamic, and I don’t think I blinked once during the 45 minute event. Oh, and for the record, Matt Birk thinks Mondays are a lot easier as a fan than as an NFL center, Eric Coleman can still bench press a car, Tony Richardson still goes to Jets games every Sunday, and Commissioner Goodell roots for two things when watching games, the team that’s behind to come back, and the officials to call a clean game.

Thank you to SWERVE for putting together an amazing event, the kind of thing that turns a gym into a community. I think the Speakers Series is a fantastic idea, and will absolutely be back for future events.

Queens 10K Review

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By Jon and Caroline (note: Caroline’s recap is in bold, Jon’s is in regular text)

You know that feeling when you wake up one morning, look at your phone, and go, “wait, how in the world is it the end of June already?” Yeah, that’s what we’ve been dealing with. So with apologies for our radio silence, between work, weekend trips, and feeling sorry for ourselves if we spend any of our free time inside, blogging has taken a bit of a backseat these last couple of weeks. But we’re still here! That Class Couple has also been busy sweating, so we’ll be posting as often as we can over these summer months, we promise!

Two Saturdays ago, we ran the Queens 10K, part of our quest to run every NYRR five-borough series race (and get the perfect Instagram shot of our medals after) in 2016. Like all of the other races in this series, this involves a trade-off–run a NYRR race, with all of its perks, in a new location (change of scenery!), but have to travel further than normal to and/or from the race. First world problems, right? Well when you’re already waking up before sunrise and dealing with pre-race jitters or post-race exhaustion, that long (and stinky!) subway ride really does not hit the spot.

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The Movement ReXist360 HIIT Review

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By Caroline

This past week, I found myself in a bind. I wanted a sweaty, satisfying workout that wasn’t running (since I ran the day before) and would give me an accomplished feeling with no fear that I would be extremely sore or get injured. Since I am still recovering from my back injury, high impact and weight training classes aren’t the best for me right now. Pilates wouldn’t get me sweaty enough, but a boot camp or TRX would make me too sore. After doing some searching, I decided the go to The Movement and try their ReXist360 HIIT class.

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JumpLife Review

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By Caroline

There are those extremely unique, so random, crazy fun, boutique gyms in NYC that you just have to try at least once. THINK- AQUA Studio where you can take in spin class in the water, SurfSET NYC where you get interval training on actual moving surfboards, ANYA yoga where yoga is practiced in the air using an AntiGravity hammock, and Boing With Kangoo at Crunch Gyms, where you strap on Kangoo spring boots to hop and jump through class. I was looking for a fun class to take with a few girlfriends, and wanted to find one of these really random, cool, gotta try at least once classes. Enter JumpLife.

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