Event Recap: SHAPE Body Shop

img_4190This past Saturday, B&B headed to NYC to take part is Shape’s Body Shop pop-up event. The event was a fundraiser to raise money for the Movemeant Foundation. The Movemeant Foundation “helps young women feel confident about their bodies by empowering them with the tools to be active.” Each class was $10 and they had a variety of classes from HIIT to hip hop to meditation. We signed up ahead of time for a triathlon of fitness; 3 classes with 3 instructors. Upon arrival, there was a party already going at 9am. They had a DJ, a photo booth, a display of Reebok apparel, a lounge area, and a bar that was serving Michelob, water, and snacks! We mingled a little, snapped a few photos in the photo booth, and took a shot of beer. Then it was time for the first of 3 back to back classes.

We started off with Power Training with Jen Widerstrom. First off, she is badass with a strong body and a personality to match. She spent the entire time mingling with the group and dropping motivational lines to keep up going. Her class was based on 30 seconds of a pre-fatiguing exercise, 30 seconds of a high intensity exercise, and then a 30 second rest. After we did 3 rounds, we then jogged around the room for a couple of minutes. It was a fantastic class that left us feeling strong and sweaty.

Immediately after was a LIFTED class with Holly Rilinger. Holly launched this class in NYC and describes it as a way to “lift your mind, body and spirit through a combined sequence of meditation and HIIT.” This class was a great combination of moments of mediation mixed in with strength training, shadow boxing, and plyometrics. All of the strength training was done to the beat of the music so we all moved in unison and then the moment we would go all out with a sprint in place or tuck jumps. Pam: We ended the class with a meditation and I grabbed Louise’s hand. I am so grateful to have her on my journey and we serve as each other’s cheerleaders.

After class we met up with our friends, spun the Reebok wheel for a gift card, and then headed upstairs for Jenny Gaither’s Notoriously F.I.T. Jenny debuted this workout at the Shape event in LA and I have been wanting to try it. Notoriously FIT was a hip hop based dance class in which she encouraged us to lose all inhibitions and let loose! It wasn’t about being a good hip hop dancer, but all about having fun. Before the class even started, we mingled and made friends with some awesome ladies who work for SHAPE magazine. We learned choreography that included a little booty shaking, strut the catwalk and struck a pose, then finished with a dance circle where we all had a turn to hop in and dance. This class worked up a serious sweat! We were moving and grooving the whole time.

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After all our workouts, we enjoyed some snacks and refreshments. SHAPE hooked us up with our swag bags which were packed with goodies and discounts. Since we won Reebok gift cards, we also had to go there so I could buy Jen’s fabulous disco pants 😛 We followed our morning of workouts with brunch in the city because duhh! A huge thank you to SHAPE Magazine and the Movemeant Foundation- what a great way to work out and give to charity all in a Saturday morning.

Did any of you attend the event? What classes did you take?

Xo, Louise & Pam

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