A few friends of mine raved about how much they love the Equinox facility and the classes. Ever since my hips have been in recovery mode from Boston Marathon 2012, I’ve been a fitness class addict and I decided I needed to see what Equinox was all about! I have until Thursday to try out the gym. Unfortunately I missed out on my first day for $1 oysters at Barlow’s but I knew I couldn’t miss another day. I also have been dying to take some classes with Ali Baldassare so this was my opportunity to take her Tuesday night “Breathless: The Ride” class. Ali is pretty much an all around amazing lady. I love that didn’t hesitate to say yes when I asked if she could help out with my Pan-Mass Challenge spin-a-thon. I know she has so much on her plate already so I really appreciated it. She is an ambassador for Lululemon, Energy Bits, teaches spin, Pilates, Piloxing (which I really need to try!), Barre Burn, Zumba, and more. I wonder how she has all the energy for all of this, but then I see her passion and it’s clear that’s how. I got to the gym early to secure a spot in the class. Equinox members can sign up online for spin classes or sign up on the list at the gym which is posted half an hour before class. Since I’m not a member, I was hovering waiting for the list to be released. It’s kind of nice that you can reserve what seat you want. If you are like me, you tend to like to be in the same spot in your fave classes and this guarantees it! Before class started, Ali came over to say hi. She made sure I was all set on the bike and showed me how the display worked (you can see your RPM and time). I liked how Ali was aware of her students-helping out another newbie to the class with her bike and making sure even veterans were okay too. She also mentioned that people should feel comfortable to raise their hand at any time if they had questions or any injuries. This was nice because not all people want to publicize their problems. During class, I felt like Ali was almost like a performer amping up the crowd. She pushed you but also recognized that you have to listen to your body. It was my first time back to spin in a long time and as I looked around I could just feel the energy of the room. The music Ali played had a great beat to spin to and made you feel like you really were tackling that mountain like a badass. Ali warned me before class that it was going to be tough and there were a lot of sprints-she wasn’t kidding! Towards the end of class, I shut my eyes to really power through the last sprint. My legs were dying in the warmup, so I don’t even know how they made it to the finish-but they did! At the end of class, Ali made and announcement about her teaching at my team’s spin-a-thon. I was a little nervous no one would take the flyers, but thankfully some did and I hope they join in on the fun! One thing that was kind of exciting was that the guy next to me in class has participated in the PMC for multiple years now. He said his team does some rides out in NH and he would send me some of the maps. I love meeting new fitness friends and I definitely need some good riding routes. Thanks Ali for kicking my butt and introducing me to some of your great students! I am hoping to make it to Ali’s Thursday morning “Hard Core Cuts” class AND Barre Burn class. Crossing my fingers I can do the back to backs! If anyone else out there is interested in working out with Ali, check out her schedule on her website and see when you can visit her too! Even better…you can spin with her on May 18th at Healthworks for my team’s spin-a-thon! You get FOUR raffle tickets to put in for any prizes you wish to and you can buy additional tickets for $5 each! More information here and you can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite.