In New York, boutique fitness studios like Soul Cycle and Barry’s Bootcamp aren’t
just for staying in shape.
For millennial professionals and their colleagues, these trendy workouts are a healthy alternative to the afterwork happy hour or early breakfast meeting.
Dedicated to team fitness and re-imagined old-school recess games, Throwback Fitness is the newest addition to the scene.
Recently, I checked out their 45-minute Throwback class, where I rowed on an ergometer machine, threw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle balls into a net, and listened to a lot of music from the early aughts.
Check out my experience below.
Welcome to Throwback Fitness. Classes range from $19 for your first time to $199 for an unlimited one-month pass.
The Throwback class I took is the most basic of the three offered. The Varsity Throwback class kicks it up a notch with dumbbells and kettle bells, and the 30-minute Coaches Workout of the Week is speedy but intense.
Wilke started my class with a guessing game. Each time he put on a song, we had to guess if it was from the 2000s or 2010s. Depending on the decade, we either did squats or mountain climbers. If we guessed the wrong decade, we had to do three burpees.
Then we paired up for the phys. ed portion. One partner rowed while the other did six overhead lunges with a medicine ball, six push-ups with his/her hands on the medicine ball, and six situps with the medicine ball. Then we switched roles. The team that rowed the furthest distance in the set time won.
That's Gallagher, he enjoys interacting with his clients during class to see what motivates them. 'Everyone is so different so it's fun and challenging to figure out how to keep each person at max effort during class,' he told me.
Once the rowers were back in place, we broke off into two teams for core work. Each team sat side-by-side, lifted their feet off the floor, and passed a medicine ball down the line. When it reached the end, we passed it back. My team won with 96 passes in 90 seconds.
Recess time. There are 12-15 games in the recess rotation (think: dodgeball, capture the flag). On this day, we played soccer with our hands -- but we had to earn the right to try and throw the ball into the net.
Before attempting to shoot, I did eight squats, eight 'frogger jumps,' and eight tuck jumps. The goalie also had to do the exercises.
After the exercises, I got my shot, but then I had to do the movements all over again to get another shot. The competition aspect motivated me to perform the moves faster, which made for a great workout.
The games ended with a whistle blow and we finished off with a cool down stretch for the remaining five minutes.
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