I had the amazing opportunity to spend a long weekend at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass. My mom generously invited me to spend a few days alone with her so there was no passing up that. Canyon Ranch has long been considered a state of the art fitness and wellness resort offering fitness classes, lectures, spa services and wellness treatments.
Canyon Ranch is literally a fitness enthusiast’s dream come true! There are classes, cooking demos and wellness lectures from 6 in the morning to 8 in the evening. My first challenge was planning my schedule so I could streamline my day and make sure I could try as many classes as possible. My mission was to try different workouts than I normally do. Here are some of my favorites. They really discourage cell phone use so I sort of had to sneak my photos in.
One of the first classes I took was called VIPR Athletic which uses the VIPR for loaded movement workouts. This was particularly challenging because of the unstable weight of the VIPR and the changing load. We did lots of lateral moves transferring the weight to each side and finished off with some one on one boxing style drills. I loved this class and would love to get my hands on one of the VIPRs.
I followed that by a cycle class and then my Aerial Hammock Yoga Clinic. I had been waiting to do this class for weeks and challenge some of my fears of letting go and trusting the hammock. We obviously only had time to hit the basics of aerial yoga but I was surprised that it wasn’t as hard as I expected but it was amazingly fun. We got the basics and quickly progressed to a few hangs. In case you missed my numerous IG posts here’s a snapshot.
I took a Boxing & TRX combo class that was a killer workout. They had us running up and down sets of stairs alternating with boxing drills and TRX lunges and squats. Quite the sweatfest!
Another great workout and one that was new to me was the IndoRow rowing machine. This Shockwave class uses the IndoRow machine for short cardio bursts followed by strength training circuits. I absolutely loved it! I enjoyed trying to challenge myself to improve my rowing times each set that we did. I’d love to find a way to incorporate some rowing into my workouts at home.
My other favorite experience was the Kanga jumps boots. I almost chickened out and did not try them out because I thought I would hurt myself. After the first few minutes of finding my balance, I enjoyed running in them around the track and doing jumping jacks all without any impact at all. So glad I tried them out!
I also had the chance to take a cycle class, a foam rolling class and a fun African Hand Drum class with my mom. I promised her I wouldn’t post that picture.
As you can see, it was a pretty amazing weekend and the best part was having a chance to spend some alone time with my mom. Thanks to my mom for an amazing weekend!
Have you tried out any of these kinds of classes before? Which one looks most fun to you?
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