I've Been Trying Workouts I Never Thought I'd Get Excited About

Monday, August 6, 2018

Since starting Harness Cycle in April, I've found myself much more open to trying other forms of exercise, too. I think it's because I was so terrified to start riding (to be terrible at, to be embarrassed about it, to be surrounded by fit "'workout people") that I feel like I have the courage to face the same fears elsewhere. After all, this one turned out OK!

Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly no athlete or one of those people who loves working out, & I don't imagine I ever will be. But I'm grateful to my Harness experience for helping me feel more comfortable, overall, in exploring my fitness options.

Recently, I've signed up for not one, not two, but three new-to-me forms of exercise, & I'm surprised by how much I (mostly) don't hate them.

Running the Bridges with Harness Cycle

Yes, Harness Cycle is a cycling-only studio, but every Wednesday for the last five years, they've been hosting a free just-for-fun run from their studio in Hingetown across two of the bridges into/out of downtown Cleveland. I would never have done this on my own, but I'm participating in their #HarnesstheSummer challenge, & one of the activities I needed to complete was a bridge run - so I did.

Most folks do a 3.5 mile loop, but I took the lesser option, choosing the one-mile run down the Detroit-Superior Bridge. I hated every minute of it, & I was sore for days - after running one damn mile - but it was worth it for the punch & the pride.

Yoga with Bottoms Up Yoga & Brew

Sometimes being a blogger means getting to check out cool sneak peeks! A million thank-yous to Bottoms Up for inviting me & other Internet folks to the first class hosted by this brand-new business, which hosts roving yoga classes at local breweries. Classes are $15, & the all-levels classes end with a beer from the host brewery.

This particular class was held at Sibling Revelry Brewery in Westlake, & though it was way beyond my abilities (super uncoordinated girl with scoliosis over here!), it was surprisingly fun to try - & the Space Force saison I sipped afterward with friends didn't hurt, either.

Aerial Yoga with Barre Fly 

I follow a girl on Instagram who always seems to be hanging from the ceiling in some kind of incredible yoga pose... & it turns out it's because she's an aerial yoga instructor! Savannah sent me a DM to let me know that she'd be teaching a (free!) upcoming beginner session at Barre Fly's downtown location. Unfortunately, I ended up not being able to go that day due to some work conflicts, but I'd really like to try again in the future. The intro class is free, & drop-in classes are only $8!

Overall, I kind of can't believe that in just a few short months, I've become a person who wants to try new workouts - but I figure that if I could power through my fear of Harness & end up loving it as much as I do, surely there's something else out there that I'll enjoy just as much. I might as well go find it!

What workouts do you love? If you're local to the CLE, is there anything you can recommend that I should try? And do you wanna do it with me? Showing up alone is scary! 

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