BEST WORKOUT SPOTS AREA 502 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, CAMP ZACHARY TAYLOR AREA Class: Women’s Boxing Cardio 1 hour with instructor and boxing trainer, Aaron Sheckles. area502mma.com Bring: Boxing gloves, hand wrap Cost: $10 per session Sore Factor: 1 Fitness Level: any level Exerciser: Tiffany White What to Expect: I discovered that boxing in the evening is the ideal way to let off some steam, and I had plenty of opportunities to do it in Area 502 Mixed Martial Arts boxing fitness class. I was in a class with three other members, but the class size often varies and can include up to 15 people. We began with a warm-up
session — rotating between jumping rope and jogging. After the warmup, Aaron wrapped my hands for the boxing session to protect wrists, knuckles, and thumbs from injury while boxing. First, I learned about the proper boxing stance and the correct way to throw a punch using a punching bag and the one-two punch technique. Aaron had our group go through several rounds of punching the bag using the one-two punching technique. Next, we stepped into the boxing ring and continued the punching drills with Aaron, but at a faster pace while moving around the ring. I enjoyed this part of the workout, because it gave me a chance to establish camaraderie with the other members in my class.
CLIMB NULU, NULU Class: Not really a class - more climbing on your own. Participants are free to climb for as long as they want. The route setter was Devon Gray Climbnulu.com Bring: Climb Nulu provides everything you need. Cost: $15 for a day pass for newcomers; $12 thereafter Sore Factor: 7 Fitness Level: any level Exerciser: Tiffany White What to Expect: This exercise tested my problem-solving skills and agility by climbing colorful, large, threedimensional walls covered with holds that are color-coded to differentiate the climbing route and numbered
based on their level of difficulty. The free-flowing atmosphere at Climb Nulu allows participants to move from one route to the next at their discretion. When I arrived, I was given a pair of climbing shoes and powdered chalk to help grip the holds while climbing. The challenging routes, which cover a range labeled as V4 through V16, are located in the main room. Be prepared for an intense upper body workout that requires an equal amount of strategy and strength. I attempted to try one of these routes, but had some difficulty maneuvering my way through it. After three attempts, I opted for a couple of the easier routes in the beginner’s room and felt my confidence soar when I was able to climb up and back down a route.
Tiffany White finds her way up the climbing wall at Climb NuLu.
CYCLEBAR, ST. MATTHEWS
EDGE BODY BOOT CAMP, EAST END
Class: Connect Ride Fifty-minute spin class with instructor Danielle Martin Stmatthews.cyclebar.com
Class: Get Fit/Give Back Cardio Boot Camp Fitness workout for 45 mintues with instructor Austin Pegram edgebodybootcamp.com/louisvilleky
Bring: Don’t bring anything. CycleBar gives you a 32-ounce water bottle and a towel. Cost: $20 drop-in; $29 for 3 classes; $185, monthly unlimited Sore Factor: 2 Fitness Level: any level Exerciser: Tiffany White What to Expect: CycleBar is masterful with taking the edge off of a hard workout through the use of lighting and an upbeat music playlist. I registered for the connect ride — one of two types of rides CycleBar offers. When you register for your class online, you will see a layout of the cycling room, which shows the available bikes for your class. All of them are numbered, and you
must select the one you want to use. Most classes have around 40 participants. Prior to the workout, the cycling room is dimly lit, but when the workout begins, the room darkens, the music starts, and the sweat drips continuously. The fun part about these classes is that the bike rides are tied into a choreography centered around the music. Danielle guided the class through the ride while standing on a small platform lined with LED candles. The atmosphere is a nice blend of softness and hardness. You can adjust your position and the gears on your bike as directed by the instructor. For the last part of the workout, we did four types of arm exercises using a body bar while seated on the bike. After your workout, you can take a shower and use their powder room equipped with toiletries and shampoo from Dry Bar.
AUGUST 2017 / TODAY’S WOMAN
Bring: Water Cost: nonperishable food for this “give-back” boot camp Sore Factor: 4 Fitness Level: any level Exerciser: Jennifer Wilham
“I LEFT DRENCHED IN SWEAT, HAPPY AND TIRED, BUT ENERGIZED.”
What to Expect: Before even coming to a class, they want you to go through an orientation and get to know you. This takes about 30 minutes. Actual class: Thirty minutes of an intense workout. I went to the Cardio camp at 10:45am on Saturday, and it was free with a donation of a canned good. This is a co-ed class, and everyone was so supportive. We started off with a quick stretch and got our hearts pumping with a little group tug-of-war. Then, the instructor dove straight into the stations. There were seven stations, and there was only a quick water break in between sessions. The class was broken up into two sessions. Seven stations, one each for 30 seconds, a water break, then we jumped into the second session with seven new workouts using the same equipment. We did partner up on a few of these workouts. I left drenched in sweat, happy and tired, but energized.