Recently, the New York Times featured a growing trend among New York fitness fanatics – working out two to three times day! I am not talking about working out at the gym but rather taking fitness classes at different boutique studios. These women are professionals with full-time jobs, who manage to find time to squeeze in these workouts. Some trekking from one class and across town to another. You have to admire their dedication because that is some serious motivation! To meet this demand of mix-and- match workouts, FITiST was created by owner Neda Talebian Funk, offering class packages at partnering studios.
So, how is this approach different from taking classes offered at your gym? First, boutique studios offer specialty classes, usually in a smaller class setting. Second, while these studios are more expensive than a gym membership, it can be more economical than working with a personal trainer. It is essentially like small group training – tough classes taught by highly motivating instructors. While it seems that New Yorkers will trek across town between classes, it is a different story in Chicago. Charity Gonzalez, owner of Urban Fit Clubs (Chicago’s premier membership program to over 20 of the city’s best boutique and specialty gyms and studios), says she would do a double at one studio but finds it inconvenient to travel to two different studios in one day. I would have to agree with her as I commute by public transportation to get around. Travel time alone eats up most of my day between classes and clients.
One of the drawbacks to training like this is that we can get caught up in the adrenaline rush of multiple workouts and only listening to our body when it is too late. This could lead to exhaustion or injury. I recently had bouts of double classes, leading to my overall performance declining and putting me at risk for injury. I realized that I needed to slow it down and give my body a break. This is why it is so important to know when you just need rest. We all need it – even someone as active like me!
The other drawback to this sort of training is that it ignores the importance of a healthy diet. You can workout like a fiend but if you are not mindful of what you eat, all that work will go out the window. It is easy to want to treat yourself after a demanding workout but do so in moderation.
Keep in mind that you need to maintain balance. Too much of something is not necessarily a good thing. Focus on the quality versus the quantity.