Working Out at BlogHer12

by - Monday, August 06, 2012

I'm back from another great weekend at the BlogHer conference in NYC.

One of the things I love about this conference (besides all the great blog stuff I learn) is that the conference organizers and sponsors have started providing a million different opportunities for attendees to try fun new workouts before and after the sessions each day.

This weekend, I got to try three different workouts.

First up was a bootcamp taught by two Army drill sergeants. They ran into the room blowing their whistles and sounding off Army style  before leading us through a series of exercises used in basic training.

BlogHer BootcampRoni and I waiting for class to start

BlogHer BootcampOur trainers for the class

The Army uses a four-count for almost all of their moves. So if for example you're doing a basic crunch, curling up would be the one-count, laying down would be two, curling up again is three and down again is four. That is one rep.

In our class we did about five reps of each move.

BlogHer BootcampSwimming it out with Roni

I have to say some of the moves were a little bit tricky because the count goes so fast, and there were definitely times I was struggling to maintain good form.

BlogHer BootcampA lovely picture of my butt courtesy of the Army photogs

I wasn't the only one though, our group didn't do the best job staying on the count. I'm sure it's quite impressive to watch an Army platoon all do the workout in sync. Also, I imagine the drill sergeants probably aren't quite as nice to the troops as they were to us. Just a hunch.

(All pictures courtesy of Go Army's Flickr account!)

The second workout I got to try was courtesy of BowFlex, another one of the conference sponsors.

We worked out with trainer Jen Galardi on the CoreBody Reformer.

The CoreBody Reformer is a cylinder that's a few inches wide, with resistance cords attached to the end. It forces you to engage your core at all times to balance while doing the individual exercises.

Up bright and early for a work out with @askcorebody.

I'll admit I was a little skeptical that it was possible to get a decent workout with it. It seemed just a bit gimmicky, but Jen proved me wrong. After an hour of the class, my heart was pounding and I could definitely feel my muscles working.

And last, but most certainly, not least, was my favorite workout of the whole conference. Ashley organized a small private class for a group of fitness bloggers at Physique 57 led by co-founder Tanya Becker.

Physique 57 is a barre class that will completely and totally kick your butt.


It was my first time ever doing a class like that and I'm pretty sure I worked out muscles I didn't even know I had.

Hands down I think this was the hardest workout I've ever done in my life. At times, it required a lot of coordination, which apparently I'm not great at, and the sets were long and intense and at the end my arms and legs felt like jello.


Also, apparently I failed at dressing myself for this class. Definitely put on my capris backwards. See that little UA logo on the back of my left leg? It should definitely be on the front of my right leg, like in the pictures from Army bootcamp. ::Hangs head in shame::

Thanks a million times over to Ashley, Physique 57 and Well+Good NYC for putting the event together.

DSCN1775Our group

We celebrated our workout success with some delicious Chobani yogurt concoctions from their new yogurt bar in NYC.


Dear Chobani, please open one of these in DC!

(Photos courtesy of Physique 57 and Well+Good NYC!)

Have you ever tried a barre-style workout class? What did you think of it?

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