9ROUND FITNESS (Give Them 30 Minutes...)
With so much sadness going on in the world, I sometimes feel that thinking about working out seems so trivial. But I also know that getting away for a run or doing yoga is a good idea, especially if you (like I) want to help (via volunteering, protesting, etc.) or simply want a clearer head.
Like flight attendants tell you before the plane leaves the runway: during an emergency, you have to get the oxygen mask on you first before trying to save others.
If you're short on time and/or maybe running and yoga doesn't fancy you, how about trying 9Round Fitness? I recently gave it a gander and here are five reasons why you might want to check it out:
1. IT'S ONLY 30 MINUTES - Maybe you can talk your way out of working out for an hour, because I know I have, but we're talking 30 minutes here. If you can spend 30 minutes watching your favorite show, checking your co-worker's Instagram account or moving two miles on the 405 Freeway, you can certainly fit in this workout.
2. START TIME, SCHMART TIME - You don't have to speed through the streets almost running over that old man walking his dog to make your 6:00 pm class because a new circuit starts every three minutes. This means you can start whenever you get there and no one's going to give you a side eye because you just interrupted their Warrior Pose.
3. 9 ROUNDS OF FUN - Just like the name states, you'll be going from one fitness station to another (nine total, hence the clever name) and the workout itself is kickboxing themed. Before I tried it, I doubted I'd get both cardio and resistance workouts in 30 minutes, but my drenched-in-sweat self after class proved I did.
4. YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN... - If you're into group fitness classes, then this might not be your jam. If you like autonomy during workouts, though, then this is totally your jelly. Each participant in the circuit take turns and are alone in their respective stations, so you're not distracted by other folks.
5. ...BUT YOU'RE NOT - One caveat - even though you are alone in your station you'll still get some guidance from the trainers, so that's helpful, especially for beginners. They're not all up in your kook-aid, though, as I've experienced. If you need more help, you can ask and they'll assist. But if they see that you're rocking the stations on your own, they leave you to get your solo workout groove on.
I'm really thankful my friend invited me to try this out with her. Those 30 minutes flew after my first session and I was glistening (read: sweating) like morning dew drops on flowers, or after they've been hosed down.