Happy Friday! In case you missed my numerous social media posts this week, I was lucky enough to be treated by my mom to a fabulous few days at Canyon Ranch in The Berkshires. We arrived for our stay right as storm Stella was about to hit. Hey if you have to be snowed in somewhere this is the place to be. My mom, my daughter and I arrived on Sunday evening for our second annual visit.
Canyon Ranch is healthy lifestyle resort with an emphasis on fitness and nutrition. They offer tons of classes each day for all fitness levels along with delicious healthy meals. In addition to regular fitness classes you might find at your gym (cycling, yoga), Canyon Ranch has lots of unique blends of fitness classes. I wanted to try as many new to me activities that I could pack into a few days. Here are 5 of my favorite classes from this week.
An interval based class using the VIPR for a total body strength and cardio workout. The VIPR is a hollow weighted bar that you can grab in various spots and use for movement and load combinations. This was a tough and very fun workout. I may need to get one of these to use at home. My daughter and I did this class together and had the chance to do a little sparring at the end.
This was one of my most favorite activities! I had the chance to try it twice and by the second day I was feeling much more confident that I would not fall on my head. Once I was able to relax, it was so peaceful. I would love to find somewhere at home to to do it again soon.
Rip N Row
This class was a high intensity workout combining the Indo Row and TRX Rip trainer. I loved the rowing intervals and my heart rate was through the roof (in a good way). We alternated sets on the rower with sets on the TRX Rip Trainer which is a bar attached to a bungee cord. I do not ever use the rowing machine at home and loved the intensity of the intervals.
This was so much more fun than I expected! It was great that all 3 of us could take this class together. Cardio moves combined with drumming on the stability balls provided a great full body workout that was a blast.
I was really on the fence about trying this but so glad that I did! (Ha see what I did there? LOL). I was surprised by how much glute work was involved in the basic moves. I don’t know when else I would ever try this out but it was really great fun. It’s a little disorienting with the mask at first and there is kind of a goofy outfit.
We did 5 or 6 classes a day and probably the most sore I’ve ever been after a vacation. Best place to be snowed in!
As promised, I have another great giveaway today to celebrate my 3 years of blogging. Balega socks have been my go to favorite socks for years now. Love the fit, the quality and all of the great colors. Balega has generously offered to raffle off a 3 pack of their amazing socks. I have not been compensated in any way for this just sharing the love.
Tell me-Do you like an active vacation or prefer to veg out and relax?
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