A friend inviting me to go to the Nike store for Nike Training Club gave me the extra push to get my butt there for the first time. I had heard about it through social media, and was pretty excited because a) it’s a boot camp type class, which I love b) it’s outdoors and on a ROOF and c) it’s completely free!
I got to the Nike store and the front was set up with a bag check and you could even opt to take the class in a pair of Nike’s to try them out! Which I did, of course.
As it got closer to the time class was supposed to start, they took us up in the elevator to the roof.
Then, the waiting began. 6:30 came and went and it didn’t seem like things were about to start anytime soon. Punctuality and schedules are kind of important in my book, so this didn’t sit well with me.
Eventually, the instructor, arrived, looking like a perfect, Nike model. We spread out to warm up and I started to realize just how crowded this rooftop had gotten. 75 people? We pretty much did not have sufficient space for the jumping jacks we were supposed to be doing.
After the warm up, she split us into groups. Which took forever. She then tried explaining all the stations to 75 people. Which took forever. And was highly unsuccessful. I probably knew what she said to do at only about half the stations. After a lot of standing around and being confused, it was time to start.
I took the class awhile ago, so I’m going to do my best to remember the stations. We stayed doing each one for about a minute or two before rotating.
- There was a little ramp on the side of the roof, which we lunged up and side stepped down. Good in theory, but it was super cramped with people going up and down at the same time.
- Jump squats. Ouch. Got my heart rate up, got my legs burning, got lots of reps in = successful station.
- Step ups on a bench. Our group decided to do a little leg lift action at the top of the step up for an extra challenge. Thumbs up crew.
- Incline pushups against the bench. Again, felt the burn!
- Partner chest press weird things that I was highly incapable of doing but I’m pretty sure were the reason I was super sore the next day, so I guess they were alright?
- Speed skater jumps – I’m a fan
- Russian twists – also a fan.
Then we took a break and by a break I mean it was time for a challenge- first partners to 20 burpees – pushup, high five each other, pushup, high five each other, jump up. Killer. We kept high fiving the wrong hands. We settled on regular burpees because we’re cheaters.
Then we went through the stations again with some modifications- backward lunges, decline pushups, sit ups, etc. The final challenge was 100 mountain climbers and then we took a sweaty group picture and were done!
Had NTC not been so crowded and a slightly better organized, I would certainly be there every week. It’s a great way to meet like-minded fitness fanatics and it’s a well-designed circuit workout, if you’re able to do it continuously without having to stop all the time to listen for directions or wait for 75 people to get themselves situated.