SELF Workout in the Park

What a great spring day!  We had good weather, good work-outs, good eats.  I woke up around 7:30 and even though I wasn’t hungry yet I knew I wanted to eat before I left for the park.  I used this nonfat plain Greek Gods Greek Yogurt as my base.

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Then I added 1/4C Kashi Blueberry and 1/2C fresh blackberries.

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Mmmm.  The berries were a little sour so I added a small drizzle of maple syrup over the top.

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Then I headed up to Central Park for SELF Workout in the Park.  The event started at 11 but registration opened at 9 so I aimed to get there a little before 10.  Standing in line was pretty brutal, there was no registration, you signed up for classes when the event opened.  I did, however, meet another girl who was there alone so we decided to spend the day together – we had a really great time and it was fun to meet a new friend.  I also worked out with Amelia and Melissa during the event!

They had the area split into three parts – the quiet zone, the rebounding zone, and the main stage.

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You had to sign up for rebound and quiet classes (limit 1per person) but could wander to the main stage as you wished.  I ended up taking 4 20minute classes.

  1. Rock Bottom – I have always heard friends who went to other colleges rave about this class so I was really looking forward to it.  I did not, however, realize it was not a mat class – at least I gave the people behind me a good laugh!  My legs were on fire, there is no way I could have done a full 60minutes of this!
  2. Ballet Pilates – I loved this.  Pilates is my favorite workout and this was basically a regular class with more toe raises and squats mixed in.
  3. Beach Body – this was another cardio class but I managed to make it all the way through!  Lots and lots of squats.  The instructor had us do the motions of tricep/bicep reps without weights and by the end I was dying!
  4. Urban Rebounding – this class took place on mini trampolines!  The instructor had great energy which made it even more fun.  I appreciated that this was easy on my joints, however, the boobies and the bladder?  Not so much.  I felt like I was going to pee my pants halfway through, I should Not have chugged my water before this class.

All in all I had a really great time in all of the classes.  Even though I am super out of shape, I got in a great work out.  Seeing little snippets of things exposed me to some classes that I wouldn’t have thought I would be interested in.  I realized that I’m missing out on something not attending group cardio classes.

Throughout the day in between classes my new friend and I hit up the sample tables.  We hit them hard!  During the event I ate 1mini EAS sample,

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and two of these truevia dipped strawberries.

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In addition to hitting up the tables during the event, as we were walking around at closing people were giving us handfuls of products!  Check out my final haul –

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I am pretty psyched about all of this!

At 3 when the event ended I walked 10blocks to meet A who had come up to the city to hang out.  Due to some train issues we took a long time to get home – we ended up having to walk from Atlantic Center!  By the time we got home I was pretty beat.  I was replenished in a hurry by this bad boy though.

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I bought this young Thai coconut at Whole Foods and I’ve been excited about it all week.  I drank the water with a crazy straw,

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and scraped out most of the flesh with a spoon.

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Yum!

I spent the late afternoon organizing somethings around the house and hanging out with A.  It was getting later and later and before it was time to shower I realized I had to have a snack.  I adore jalapeno poppers but you can never find them without cheddar cheese so when I spotted this the other day I knew I had to buy it.

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I ate 4 poppers as my snack.

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By the time I got out of the shower A said we had to order dinner, he was too hungry to wait for me to cook.  I took the opportunity to try out Dao Palate, a new all-vegan spot in Park Slope.  I ordered the General Tso’s Soy Protein.

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I know this wasn’t the healthiest of choices but I didn’t get much to eat today so it’s ok.  The meal came with miso soup,

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and brown rice.

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I ate all of the broccoli, 3/4 of the “meat,” and just a few bites of the soup and the rice.

Tomorrow is a busy day, next week is an actual full week of school!  I’m hoping to get up early, but we’ll see.  Sleep tight!

Do you enjoy group cardio classes?

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10 Responses to SELF Workout in the Park

  1. Sarah says:

    oooh, emily, this was my kind of day!! i wish it had been next weekend. you scored incredible loot, and i am so impressed. i will have to keep my eye out for those new classes. i do enjoy group cardio classes, but i don’t think i’ve taken one in at least 6 months. i tend to go in waves.

    (and omg train issues — it took an hour for the f to go from jay to 7th ave yesterday! i was about to get out and push the effing thing)

  2. Allison says:

    WOW!!! you got tons of loot, im totally jealous!

  3. Mom says:

    I’ll take that Eucerin lotion, please. I’ve always wanted to try it. You can have my yellow purse!

  4. Sharon says:

    Oh wow, what an awesome lot of things!!! Totally so much fun!!!

  5. Melissa says:

    Great pics from the event! I am glad we ran into each other! Way to snag a haul. The almonds are great!

  6. Alison says:

    I wish I could have gone to something like that. One of the really cool things about living in NYC!
    I enjoy group fitness classes but can’t usually fit them into my schedule. And other times I just prefer working out on my own – I love listening to my own music.

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  8. […] Work-out in the Park is coming soon, Saturday, May 8th.  I had a great time last year and I’m super sad to not be able to go again.  If you are interested tickets are $20 in […]

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