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Laura Kay’s October Workouts: Barry’s, SoulCycle, F45


The first quarter of business school has been a whirlwind.  But, in theSTRETCHEDlife fashion, I have still managed to squeeze in some great workouts.  I arranged my class schedule such that I do not have any classes that start before 10:30am.  This allows me to get a workout in in the morning, even if I stayed up late the night before studying, socializing with my new b-school friends, or networking with one of the many firms recruiting on campus.

I’ve been having fun taking advantage of new student discounts and trying out the studios in my new city.  Here are a few of the highlights.

Barry’s Bootcamp

Chickpeainthecity at Barry's
@chickpeainthecity at Barry’s (because apparently I didn’t manage to take any photos myself)

Kellogg’s Run-Bike-Swim club secured an insane promotion to this infamous fitness studio.  I had seen Barry’s all over my Instagram feed, but there wasn’t one around when I was living in Atlanta.  (Of course they literally opened one the second I left).  Thus, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to go to 2 Barry’s classes every week during the month of October for only $30.

Barry’s is a little bit of a drive (or train ride) away from Evanston, but the workout is worth it, and commuting there with fellow fitness-lovers was a great way to make new friends.  For those of you haven’t tried Barry’s, it is similar to Orange Theory (or BLAST for my Atlanta readers).  It just has a different vibe – think dark retro box gym with pumping music.


Cat and Laura at SoulCycle
After my first SoulCycle class with my friend Cat!

This is another infamous studio that somehow has not yet made its way to Atlanta.  I always just assumed SoulCycle was similar to Flywheel and other cycling studios that I’d tried.  I was so wrong.  If Flywheel is a ballet class, SoulCycle is a hip hop class.  SoulCycle is all about feeling the beat and there is always new choreography that incorporates your whole body.  There are no numbers or scoreboards like there are in Flywheel and many other studios.

I am still trying to decide which style I like best.  I definitely see pros and cons to each.  Some people need the numbers to know if they are pushing at the right level, while others like to feel it out themselves.  Either way, I’ll definitely be hitting up SoulCycle more in November as the aforementioned Run-Bike-Swim club has secured yet another amazing promotion.

SoulCycle class with my sectionmates


Kellogg ladies pushing it to he max by doing wall squats after our complimentary class

So this is one studio I hadn’t heard of before, but it’s such a perfect fit for me that I have actually paid for a monthly membership (*gasp*).  F45 Training was started in Australia and offers 27 different 45-minute high-intensity, circuit training workout classes.  Every day there is a different circuit laid out and two instructors, supported by screens with timers and demos of each exercise, guide you through the workout.

I love that, if I wanted to, I could go to only F45 and cover nearly all my workout goals – cardio, strength, endurance, agility.  It also helps that it’s literally across the street from my apartment so I can roll out of bed at 5:45, throw on some shorts and have a complete workout done by 6:45am : )

F45 Gym
A glimpse of the F45 gym


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