This weekend I stepped out of my comfort zone and participated in something a little different: The Austin Fit Crawl. Fitmob and Austin Fit Magazine teamed together to offer this fun event, which included workouts with four different fitness studios (with some running in between). Here’s what our schedule and route looked like:
I was not familiar with Fitmob before the event, but apparently they are a company where you pay a fee each month (I think it’s $100 here) and you can workout in any studio that is part of their organization, at any time. So you work with them to sign up and if you want to do yoga on Tuesday at 10 a.m., you can find those that have spots open. Pretty cool way to try a lot of different workouts without being tied to one gym.
So, for the Austin Fit Crawl, we had an opportunity to try out a handful of different workouts and go on a mini-tour of Austin’s gyms. It was limited to 50 participants, so it was nice to have a smaller group. Austin is a super fit city so it’s no surprise that we were able to access so many studios in just a two mile radius of each other.
Here are the workouts that we did and what I thought of each:
- Sandbag Session with Atomic Athlete: We teamed up with partners and provided support to the other person as they lifted a sandbag on their shoulder, dropped to the ground, and got back up. It was a little hard at first to figure out how to maneuver with a sandbag (the lightest was 40 pounds), but once you figured out how to gain momentum, it made it a little easier. My quads were burning during this workout!
- Spin with Spark Fitness: This is only the second time in my life that I did spin and I loved it. Our instructor was really good and made an intense workout for us to follow. It was only 15 or 20 minutes long but we were all dripping with sweat when we were done. I decided in the middle of this workout — after considering the sandbag workout we had just done — that I am a cardio junkie and could do this type of stuff all. day. long.
- Steel Mace Workout with Onnit Fitness: We went for a little run down the street to Black Swan Yoga and took over the streets for this Vikings-esque workout. Apparently these steel maces are the new thing in weights? It is a black bar with a ball on one end (basically the less weaponed version of a mace) and you can do all these lifts and exercises with them. I used a 10 lb one for our series of squats and lunges. We did this workout for 15 minutes and it was tiring — my arms were screaming. But, it was a lot of fun and just the kind of workout that this cardio junkie needs. 😉
- Blue Honey Yoga: Our last stop was yoga to calm the body and relax after the three workouts. We did some stretches and easy poses, spending some time to relax and destress. I’m terrible at yoga because I can’t slow my mind down and honestly, I’m not sure I want to? So, it was fine, but the jury is still out if yoga is something that I would ever do on a regular basis.
Afterwards, we ran back to Spark Fitness to grab our goodie bags, drink some recovery drinks (some fun ones thanks to Deep Eddy Vodka!) and nosh on some food (from Snap Kitchen – I didn’t try any).
Overall, I thought it was a really great event! It was only $20 per person and that included the workouts + snacks afterwards, a goodie bag and a really awesome t-shirt (that’s actually made of some great material). I do hope that they do this again (rumor is that they will be hosting these on a quarterly basis) because I feel like it’s a good idea to open your eyes to other exercises and check out area gyms without having to commit to the price tag.
Have you ever participated in something like this? Are you a cardio junkie?
Do you love yoga? What do you like about it?
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