Crash Course: Jaime Andrews Fitness is a boutique studio that offers personal training, workshops, wellness coaching, corporate wellness initiatives, and a signature boot camp class. Boot camp is offered at various times on Monday, Wednesday, Friday (earliest is 5:45 a.m.) and on Saturday mornings. Class sizes are small, are held inside or outside depending on the weather, and the price is extremely competitive. Click here for the full schedule.[line] [left]where: 1440 N Street NW, Logan Circle
bring: water bottle, towel
perks: small class size, outdoor option
sweat score: 8 out of 10 [/left][right]wear: gym clothes
cost: drop in rate is $10[/right] [line]
I love working out outside. I love trying vicious new exercise combos. And I love a good value. So it’s no surprise that I loved the Saturday morning Jaime Andrews Fitness boot camp I crashed last weekend. I met up with the group at Jaime’s studio in Logan Circle – remember this adorable space where I took a yoga class with Vigor Fit and Well? Same space. It’s located in an apartment building on N street NW. Remember it’s a one way street, and look for the blue awning if you have trouble finding it.
Because the weather was a balmy 55 degrees, we opted to take the class outside. No complaints here! There were six of us total and all of us decided it would be more fun to workout al fresco in January while we can. We walked from the studio to the National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle. Jaime wasted no time, and because the temperature was wavering between almost cold and kind of cold, we were thankful to get right into the warm up. Think burpees, stairs, sit ups, and lunges…and keep that rotation going until we all had warmed up our muscles and worked up a sweat. At this point, most of us were thinking, “what cold?”
After a short run around the block, we completed a partner exercise circuit involving squats and a push up pyramid. One partner did air squats while the other did pushups, and so on. The pyramid started with two pushups and went all the way to ten and back down again. And don’t let those air squats fool you. By the time my partner and I were coming back down the pyramid, my arms were shaking and my legs were saying “mercy!” Thanks to Jaime for snapping a shot of the group as we sweated it out. This was tough!
Next up: mountain climber sets followed by more stairs. We were all starting to get really tuckered out at this point, and my legs and glutes were seriously not happy with me. But that’s what I love about a boot camp class: you get to rediscover all of those little (or big) muscle groups you have been neglecting. To help us push through our fatigue, Jaime was a constant source of encouragement and positive energy. She remained upbeat throughout the entire class and was yelling out “great job!” to everyone in the class by name. That’s one of the positive aspects of being in such a small group, you really get personalized attention…whether you want it or not!
Just a short shout-out to Studio S in Cincinnati for giving me the free bike tee I had on. It’s a basic American Apparel shirt, size small, and is shrunken enough to be surprisingly comfortable during a workout. I don’t normally wear cotton tshirts, but this one is soft and really did the trick. Now, if only it could make my legs go faster while running down those stairs. Mush!
We ended boot camp with tabata rounds of twisting side planks. Tabata the name of a four minute circuit of 20 seconds at max effort, followed by 10 seconds of rest. The fun thing about it is that you can use almost any exercise you can think of, as long as you push to your maximum effort during those 20 seconds. Click here for more information and examples of how you can try it at home. The twisting side planks sounded like they’d be easy, but after the push-up pyramid, my arms were a wobbly mess trying to keep my body in the air.
I didn’t even bother to take photos at this point because my arms were too busy being schooled in the art of pain tolerance. Thanks again to Jaime for helping a blogger out and capturing this pensive moment of pain and intense focus (or, rather, an intense desire for those four minutes to be over).
I’d like to send a big “thank you” to Jaime and her boot camp crew for reintroducing me to all sorts of forgotten muscles and helping me find an entirely new level of soreness. I had a great time sweating it out with them and loved the supportive, encouraging, positive atmosphere. Considering the price, small and personalized environment, and tush-kicking workout…this class is definitely a hidden gem I look forward to crashing again soon.
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