So, when the Groupon for Synergy came through my inbox, I jumped right on it as fast as I could- even dragging my coworker, Allison, into it with me.
My experience from the get-go was great. After I bought it I had a few questions. When I called the number on their website I spoke with the owner- Tim. Dude, he was so freaking nice & helpful. He genuinely seemed excited that I was going to be going to their boot camp even though I wasn't paying full price.
So, Allison & I get to our first boot camp at the Parmer location. We get off work at 6, so the 6:30 time slot was perfect for our schedule. We get in & our trainer, Kristina greeted us & was way nicer than people that pretty really need to be. Like, I could not quit looking at her muscles. What's that muscle on your back leg below your butt? Well, whatever that is- hers are crazy awesome. I was kind of nervous she was going to notice me checking her out! (Glutes. The internet says those are your glutes. Glutes for days, she had)
Allison noted, "Check out the Michelle Obamas* on that one!". I hadn't even noticed her Michelle Obamas* yet. We were in the hands of someone who clearly knew what she was doing
*Side story: when I'm going to have an upper body/ arm day at the gym I always say that I'm going to "work on my Michelle Obamas" because, daaaamn, Gina. Have you noticed Michelle Obama's guns? Bicep role model!
They. Were. Awesome.
I love a work out that pushes me to the limit, but at some points also makes you feel like your kind of a fuckin' badass too. This is exactly the kind of workout these 60 minute circuits are.
Typically, there are 4 stations, each with 2 different work outs that you do for 30 second intervals 4 times. Then the whole class will all do burpees or something & then you move to the next station. We used the TRX ropes(I still don't know what those are. I'm gonna call them ropes until someone corrects me) for all different core & upper body workouts, we used those huge ass floor ropes that you have to use your whole body to maneuver, we used dumbbells & kettle-bells, jump ropes, other equipment that I have no idea what to call them & all kinds of planks & burpees. Seriously, one time I counted & I'm sure we did more than 100 burpees in that class. No joke. Absolutely no joke.
She was the trainer that I went to the most & I really, really enjoyed her classes every time. Under Kristina I learned the real meaning of leg day. (getting in & out of my low to the ground Nissan Friday- Sunday following her Thursday classes were pretty much the hardest thing anyone in the first world has ever been faced with)
I did, in the 6 weeks of training with Synergy, get to go to one other trainer's class.
One weekday afternoon, I got to go to Ty's class out at Zilker park. I think it was Tuesday at noon. Am I allowed to take pictures of the trainers off their sites & post it on here? I want to but is that... is that weird?
Ok, so I don't know if that's allowed but just go here & look at Ty. He.is.Adorable.(he reminded me of Edward Norton, kind of) & nice. Oh my god, he was so nice. He noticed that I wasn't a regular to that class & came over & talked to me & asked how I was enjoying my Groupon, etc..
Now, I was just recovering from a hellish sinus infection (ok, it's the only sinus infection I've ever had in my life so I really don't have a frame of reference) & was feeling a little sluggish & gross. So throughout the entire hour he kept making sure I was feeling Ok.
The only awkwardness was with like only 15 minutes left I was starting to feel nauseous due to my antibiotics. Ty came by & when I told him I couldn't do the jump squats anymore, he gave me the modification of doing a weighted squat. On the next circuit when I got to the squats I did like 2/15 & then just had to take a break. So, I was slumped over in a sweaty/queezy mess when Ty- behind me not realizing that I was not in perfect form- say to the class "remember, if the jump squats are getting too much, you can modify them like Katy is" . I don't think I've ever popped back into action so fast in my life.
Money, Money, Money. *Sigh*
I would love, love to continue with Synergy, but my budget currently isn't letting me. I know! It would totally be worth the price, but it's just not in the monies right now. Here are some of their plans:
- If you want to give it a try & don't mind getting out of bed early on Saturdays, they have a class that is free with a donation of a canned good (how awesome is that for your body & your conscience?)
- If you are considering giving it a try, they do have a 10 day trial pass for $19-- which is a goddamn steal.
- If you have the funds to spare, their 6 month package is $450/ which is only $75 a month (but I just can't see myself parting with that kind of cash right now. Even though it's a deal.)
- I do think next time I have a decent bonus check at work I'm going to buy their 20 class package for $199 & just knock myself the fuck out!
- Also, I believe it's only $15 for a drop in class- which I have a feeling I will be doing at some point.
I am a fan & I would suggest Synergy to anyone looking for an awesome work out. (I am nervous about doing a drop in class in the summer outside, but I guess I'll save that for another blog.)