You all know that I’m a huge advocate of Classpass– the monthly fitness membership that gives you access to unlimited fitness classes in many major cities across the world. You can go to as many workouts as you want, although you can only visit each studio a maximum of 3 times a month.
Shortly after landing at JFK in New York, Ashley and I took a very relaxing REST yoga class at Anya in the city. Although not technically challenging, this class worked through a series of long, relaxing poses that opened the hips and chest, and stretched our backs and legs – ideal after a long haul flight. With only 4 of us in the class, the teacher made adjustments when needed, including covering our eyes with a lavender scented eye mask, and our bodies with a blanket. It felt like a glorified nap time, but it was incredible.
In Chicago I had an evening alone before my parents and Tom arrived so booked into a yoga class close to our hotel. I randomly bumped into the only person I know that lives in Chicago- Katie, one of Ashley’s friends- it was so lovely to see a friendly face. She’s a local and huge fan of the Yoga Loft studio which is always a good sign. The hour long session was very warm and I was soon dripping with sweat, not all too pleasant in the packed room. The class was pretty challenging and I often found myself backing off from moves, not wanting to push it too much just 3 days before the Chicago marathon. As always, my favourite part of class came at the Savasanah at the end, so calming after another day of travelling.
Sadly my last Classpass booking in Washington DC was a fail. Anne and I had arranged to meet up to take the HIIT yoga class at the Urban Athletic Club, one of her favourite workout locations in the city. Sadly an hour before class we were notified that it had been cancelled- boo. We met up for a lovely walk along the Potomac instead before enjoying breakfast at Le Pain Quotidian.
Anne who writes the blog Fannetastic Food, has been one of my favourite bloggers for years, and was a huge inspiration in my decision to go back to Uni to study Dietetics. It was so nice to chat about studying, nutrition, blogging, running, among other things. I love that the blogging sphere has given me friends all over the world that you can make instant connections with despite the distance.
I’m hoping to come back to DC in the Summer to take advantage of all the fun outdoor activities you can do in the city. When I was younger I lived in a suburb of DC for a year and loved the place, I fell back in love with the area on this trip. The slower pace, quieter streets and green space make Washington DC more appealing to me that NYC (although I do love a few days in the Big Apple!)
Have you tried exercise classes when on holiday?