L: Saratoga Edition: Hadley Mountain & Challenge By Choice

The energy of Long Island is so charged and fast-paced that sometimes you need a little escape. This weekend I went on an adventure upstate to Saratoga to visit my BFF aka Miss Amanda. Another fitness enthusiast, we had a weekend full of laughs and workouts! Here is my exercise recap, trail review, and class review all rolled into one!

Saturday
Living in a studio apartment, my home gym space is limited (free weights, medicine ball, furniture sliders). But Miss Amanda has a whole basement complete with a spin bike, squat rack, free weights, and my favorite, battle ropes! Itโ€™s basically my dream. Safe to say we got in a solid total body workout. #SweatingfortheWedding ๐Ÿ™‚ We finished our home workout with a push-up challenge- all you need is a deck of cards!IMG_3035

Push-Up Challenge with a Deck of Cards
2-10: Do the number written on the card
Face cards: 10 pushups
Aces: 15 pushups

We alternated back and forth until we completed all 52 cards! Modify by cutting the numbers in half or performing the pushups from your knees.

SundayIMG_3042
The perfect workout that canโ€™t be done on Long Island- hiking a mountain!ย Amanda and I headed a little further north to Hadley Mountain. Iโ€™ve only gone hiking maybe 3 times in my life, but I was very excited and I got to use my Camelback. The trail is steep at times and fairly rocky, but an incredible challenge! We completed our hike to the top in about an hour- it is definitely worth the view! It was a beautiful day so there were quite a few people out hiking. At the top is a fire tower which you can also climb for an even higher view.

The hike down took about half the time and my quads are feeling it today! Do you guys have any trails you love to hike upstate? Share them with us!IMG_3053

Monday
Bright and early at 6am, we headed to Amandaโ€™s local gym, Challenge By Choice. This place is really cool and very team oriented. The workouts are HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) style and the focus varies day to day. Lucky for us, Mondayโ€™s focus was on the lower half of the body, which needless to say, sure was a challenge after Sundayโ€™s hike.ย Before the group workout even started, there is an extra challenge (called the Pre-Exhaust) which consisted of 40 burpees. Forty. Gym members are all on teams and earn points for attendance and extra activities outside of the class. I did the burpees with Amanda hoping to earn her team an extra point! No luck on that, but it was good moral support ๐Ÿ™‚

Kevin led our workout this morning (with a killer playlist, might I add) which started with jogging and plyometrics around the studio. After that, we moved to our first of four stations and got to work! I was good for the first two rounds of station #1โ€ฆ we did 4 rounds. OH MY QUAD. But I loved every minute of it. Class participants have such a community atmosphere and were cheering each other on the whole time.IMG_3085

Jodi, the owner of CBC, is such a sweetheart and a great motivator! She was so welcoming to me as the newbie and encouraged everyone during our 45 minute workout. I highly recommend dropping in to try a class, or if you happen to live up there, try them out! I know on my next visit I will be coming back for more. Check them out, here!

Sweat. Rinse. Repeat.
Louise

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