Crash Course: The Nike store in Georgetown is offering a live version of their popular fitness app - Nike Training Club - every Monday evening at 8 p.m. What does this mean for you? The chance to sweat it out with some of the area’s top trainers in an incredibly high-energy environment. And the best part? It’s free.
Maybe it’s the remorse over losing my beloved Barnes and Noble bookstore, but I had not been back to this Georgetown location since it became a Nike store in October 2012. Shame on me. Nike did an incredible job with renovating the three-story building and it is truly an impressive space. I’m partial to the subtle homages to Georgetown basketball scattered throughout the store (like the court-themed floor speckled with blue and grey), but as an alum, can you blame me?
I walked into the store and signed in at the Nike Training Club (NTC) desk. The music was blaring and there was a lot of commotion going on all over the place. Immediately, I knew this was going to be the perfect cure for a case of the Mondays. One of the employees asked if I wanted to test drive a pair of Nike trainers, and I happily obliged. I have been meaning to purchase a pair of trainers to use at the gym so I can reserve my running shoes for miles on the pavement, so this was a convenient coincidence.
I am used to wearing running shoes, and walking around in a minimal shoe without a lot of padding or support took some getting used to. That said, I didn’t even think twice about them during the workout – they were light, had lots of ventilation, and totally did the trick.
After putting my belongings in a bag check area, I stopped by the FuelBand counter to snap on my loaner for the evening. Everyone in the class got to try one. These gadgets created quite a lot of buzz when they came on the market last year, and I was really excited for the chance to see how it worked in person. Because most of the features require plugging the band into a computer, we were only able to watch our “fuel” numbers go up as we progressed through the workout – but that was fun and I have no complaints.
Enough of the gadgets – it’s time to workout! We took our places in the middle of the store and waited for marching orders from the trainers. There were two rules. One: no matter what, don’t stop moving. Two: no matter what, have fun. The DJ turned up the music and before we knew it, we were off and running.
I mean that literally. See? There’s no need for a track when you can do your sprint workout while running in place.
I was dripping in sweat within the first 5 minutes. This workout was intense from start to finish and the energy-level in the room was sky high the entire time. The trainers would come by and cheer people on, and spontaneous shouts of “you got this!” or “keep it up!” competed with the DJ during some of the most frantic sets. Here we are again…running in place. It is so much harder than it sounds. I’m the yellow blur in the corner, trying desperately to keep up.
I took a quick break from the ab portion to snap a photo. You know, for the sake of the blog (ha!). You can see Deanna and Chris working the room, making sure we were all reaching for our toes and using the right technique.
We partnered up for the middle portion of the workout and I was paired with the tallest guy in the room. We made for a hilariously haphazard duo, particularly when one of the exercises called for knee raises to your partner’s waist height. Let’s just say I ended up doing a routine worthy of a Rockette audition. In the end, we worked as a team, laughed about it, and made it work.
After a rocking, non-stop 45 minutes, it was time to cool down and take one final look at our FuelBands. We were all challenged to make it over 1000 points – and I did! I am not entirely sure what the points-to-calorie conversion is, but I have a sneaking suspicion the workout delivered a huge burn. I was winded, sweaty, and oh so happy.
There were a few items to grab for post-workout refueling: Somersaults seed and grain crackers, Nuun electrolyte drink tablets, and bottled water. The crackers were just the salty fix I craved after sweating up a storm, and I grabbed a lemon-lime Nuun to keep in my gym bag for later. Have you tried either of these?
Bottom line: this is a killer, not-to-be missed workout. Is it a huge marketing push for Nike? Absolutely. But any opportunity for Washingtonians to have access to top trainers in such a fun environment for zero cost is okay by me. I will definitely be back…once the soreness wears off.
I downloaded the Nike Training Club app on my iPhone and am excited to start using it. I love finding new exercise combos and having the freedom of being able to do top-notch workouts anywhere, any time. Ah, the joys of technology.