Five Workout Classes I've Left Halfway In

Monday, March 20, 2017


In honor of the first day of spring, let's do a workout post.

How To Get Swimsuit Season Ready- I believe it was my friend Claire who famously gave this tip in response: "you put on a swimsuit, there you are ready."

I'm probably paraphrasing just slightly, but you get the idea. I'm not here to tell you how to get "swimsuit ready" because a. what does that even mean and b. it's obviously different for everyone. For example for me, in 2017 I'm trying to figure out how to wear a high waist bikini and/or one piece and feel comfortable/not constantly pull at it. What's going on with those? I'm yet to try one on where I don't feel the need to wear a sarong around my waist because there's just a little too much going on on the backside, or perhaps I mean a little too less?

I know it's a me-thing, but just a little more fabric would be nice. So if you've found some good one-pieces (or cute high-waisters), do share below!

That being said, I made Chris take pics of me next to a brick wall before pilates so damn it a "workout-ish" post is going to happen. Sidenote: we had exactly 35 seconds for this photo shoot. How did we do?

Number one: Me side-eyeing our creepy neighbor like, please stop watching this you, creepy SOB.

Number two: Me flexing super hard while I pretend to fix my hair in hopes Chris will take it before I stop flexing.

Number three. The point where I was saying, "screw it, let's go inside."

I've already mentioned my love for pilates here, it's literally the only class I've stuck with in my life. You get to lay on a board for 55 minutes and come out feeling stronger and happier, what's not to love?

Instead, let's talk about classes I don't love. Thus I present to you "Five Classes I've Left Halfway In." Call me a class-quitter, a giver-upper, I don't care, life's too short to stay in a workout class you hate, watching the clock slowly tick backward.

1. Spin class.
I just can't do it, it hurts my butt too much. And not like a muscle-hurt, but like a "why did someone punch me in the butt" kind of hurt. Also, I can never get the soccer cleat bike shoes to stick into the pedals and once I finally do, I panic I'll never get them out and will tip my bike over and I'll be the person stuck in my bike, lying on the floor. Tell me someone else has had this nightmare?

This is what happened when I tried a Soul Cycle class once, I'll never forget it.

2. Any type of Flirty Girl fitness thing.
Maybe it's because I'm not in fact a "flirty girl," but I just couldn't handle this place. A studio opened by my house and I was sent a free week, I'm not one to turn down free stuff so I went. I walked inside and was given a pink boa, a name tag that read "I'm a flirty girl named _______ " and a pink sweatband, and I walked right back out.

3. Zumba.

4. Bootcamp. 
Again, I only went to this because it was a free try and it was happening at a park near my house. The "leader" was quite rude and I didn't appreciate his tone (what was with all the yelling?!) When I walked away ten minutes in the guy screamed after me, "you just gonna quit on me?" And I responded, "Yup, see ya!" and walked to Juice Stop. It was actually a pretty good morning now that I think about it.

5. Stroller Class.
This was just an all around mistake on my part. Harlow wouldn't stay in the stroller, he kept trying to eat the other babies' cheerios, and all the Lincoln Park moms were just getting super pissed at me. Really didn't go over well.

What's the worst workout class you've ever taken? Also, yay spring! It's 40 and rainy here today, summer is coming!

*I buy almost all of my Lulu pants (like the ones seen above) from their discount site found here. Next on my wish list are these crops and these running shorts

*I also love all Zella jackets  and tank tops for cute workout gear.


  1. I made it through the whole class but Zumba was miserable for me. And when I say I made it through...I stayed until the end but was totally off beat and looked like a giant idiot the entire time. You know what I like?! Aqua aerobics. With older gals. It's fun and also sort of makes me feel like I'm really athletic.

  2. Fun fact: I broke my arm the first time I used clipped pedals/shoes on my mountain bike. It sounds really bad but honestly I was just going up and down the driveway. After I got the hang of using them, I don't ride without them now. But I don't really see the point of wearing them for indoor cycling??

  3. One time I took a Zumba class that consisted of all middle aged men..... I felt uncomfortable.

  4. This is so timely as I just signed up for class pass and I'm super nervous! I really prefer to stay in my comfort zone but I'm pushing myself. Lulu discount site is awesome...already spent money there. Thanks!

  5. I used to do spin, but you have to be in the mood to get all sweaty and that's just not my M.O. most days. Pilates is def my workout of choice!

  6. I don't love spin either for that exact reason. And the shoes. My friend got her shoes stuck... Totally took them off and walked out barefoot. Best part of that class.

    I enjoy pilates, but the first pilates class I took was a mat pilates class with this super weird woman who spent a lot of time touching people in the pelvic area. I laid on the floor and breathed for an hour.

    Come to think of it... She also taught one of the worst spin classes I've ever taken. I see a pattern...

  7. Good high waisted bathing suits and one pieces are so hard to find - I feel you on that one! Try Aerie; I know, I know, throwback. But they have style variety and staple colors. Not to mention, they're a great price!

    Also SO glad to know I'm not the only one that walked out of a Zumba class!

  8. Spin definitely takes some time to get used to! I like it, but only if a good playlist is involved. And Zumba.. oh god. SO awkward!

  9. Kortni Jeane has amazing high waisted suits!

  10. I once tried a 'harness suspension' class - it was as horrific as it sounds. I'm clumsy enough on my feet never mind tangled up in suspension wires.

  11. I have a really hard time finding swim suits that work for me. I'm obnoxiously tall, so one pieces either don't come up high enough in the chest region or look like a thong from me trying to pull it up to cover my boobs. I thought a tankini would be a good answer, but my long torso makes the tankini top a little too cropped. So, my solution, two babies later, was to get a Miracle Suit high waisted bottom and then I found a cute tankini top from Target. It looks like a one piece but everything is covered and it's not tooooo much of a mom suit. ;) but, if I had your stomach I would just wear the tiniest binkin I could find!!

    Also, thanks for the discount Lulu site!!

  12. I'm sorry, I can't get past the flirty girl. Also, why do I need a name tag? I don't want anyone to speak to me in these situations.

  13. I love spinning, but I am with you on every single other one!

  14. I love spin too but it definitely takes getting used to. This elderly woman in my spin class (I mean more power to her for being there) said she felt like a new bride after her first class lol. Your lady bits get used to it after about 3 classes. Also, the shoes do help! It helps with the push and pull and uses less energy to spin the bike so you can up your resistance yada yada. It is definitely a 50/50 love hate kind of workout though!

  15. This is hysterical! I love Pilates but mainly do bootcamp and spinning - I get that they aren't for everyone though!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  16. Spin gives me crotchache, and I cannot stand Zumba. Have you ever tried Pure Barre? It's my fave!

  17. Gah I HATE any kind of spin class! I've almost fainted both times I tried. Nope. I danced for 18 years so I like Body Jam, Pilates, barre and yoga because they work muscles I haven't used since my ballet days. I'll also do a boot camp-like class, step, and pump (weight lifting to music). I like to mix up my workouts so I don't get bored and hit a plateau.

  18. (internal thoughts while reading your post)

    Uh-huh, yup, have body and put on bikini, good to go.

    Finally someone who admits spin class sounds terrible.

    Oh, I would totally workout with a pink boa.



    That last part was not in my head.

    Belle Brita

  19. I rarely go to workout classes, but I enjoyed Zumba when I've gone, and yoga has also been good. However, I am certainly not the most graceful in either of those.

    I did "spin" in the sense of biking on a trainer in the summer of 2011, which was a little boring but I've never walked out on a class.