I love being lazy. As a stereotypical 19-year-old millennial, there’s really just not much that’s more appealing to me than laying in bed all day watching The Office and pretending responsibilities don’t exist. At the same time, I was a pretty active kid growing up. I played just about every sport in existence (and failed miserably at every single one, but that’s another story) and as I grew up, I tried to continue to challenge my body in the gym. It’s such a great way to instantly feel accomplished, energized and just overall happier.
When I got to college, I knew I wanted to continue being active. Freshmen year, I lived in the AMRs, a 2 minute walk to our gorgeous Rec Center. I went to the Rec Center fairly consistently, and loved making it part of my routine. This year, I live in the beautiful Homewood Apartments (dorm tour to come!) which does have a small cardio room, but didn’t motivate me as much as our fully-equipped Rec Center. Being a ten-minute walk away, I often found it hard to force myself to get to the Rec Center. I wasn’t working out as much as I wanted to, and my sluggish body was feeling the results.
When I heard about F45, I was instantly intrigued. The Rec Center has always offered amazing classes, some of which I tried, like their fantastic spin classes and a variety of yoga classes. But F45 was something new and exciting: a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout combined with circuit and functional training. To put that in plain English, it’s a 45-minute workout composed of unique moves involving weights or cardio, done in a circuit with bursts of work and short breaks. I knew I wanted to try it, but it took motivation from my friend to get me to finally go. Once I tried it, I was hooked.
The F45 studio at Hopkins is in the Recreation Center, and it features amazing equipment and 4 TV screens displaying the moves. An instructor leads the class, correcting your form to prevent injury and motivating you along the way. Upbeat music is blasting to make you feel like you can rule the world, and timers on the TV screens keep you at the right pace. The workouts are virtually never the same (there are over 3,000 possible moves, and the combinations are always different), so the TV screens displaying demos and keeping time are definitely necessary, and also make you feel like you’re in some cool future virtual reality? Or maybe that’s just me?
To top it all off, Hopkins even has an app for the Rec Center classes. On this app, you can check out the Group Fitness Schedule, sign up for classes, and motivate your peers via the fitFeed! This app even notifies me when classes I’ve previously attended are coming up, so I’ll never miss out on a class.
Discovering this workout at our very own Rec Center was not only the best thing I’ve done for my physical health this year, but also one of the best things I’ve done for my mental health. It leaves me in a great mood, feeling ready to take on the day with energy and enthusiasm. My friends and I love meeting up and going to this class together, getting a hard workout in, and then probably ruining it all with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s from CharMar — just to stay in stereotypical 19-year-old millennial character, of course.