Barry’s Bootcamp’s Newest Rockstar: Matt Nolan & Getting Pushed Out Of My Comfort Zone

Last week, I ended up in three random conversations about Barry’s Bootcamp. This isn’t so unusual but what was curious is that in each one, Matt Nolan’s name came up as one of their favorites.  So, when Ryan Makely, Flywheel rockstar and one of my all time favorite fitness friends, threw out a possible fitness date at Barry’s that Matt would be leading, I was all over it. I signed up immediately.

Matt Nolan Barry's Bootcamp

I settled onto my reserved treadmill and steeled myself for what was about to happen. Matt told us that if we were on the treadmill, we needed to be moving while we were waiting for class to start – so that we could warm up for what was to come…and that we were going to do 3 rounds. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Barry’s class where we were told the breakdown at the start of class and I loved knowing! As class kicked off, Matt yelled “In this class, you will not walk. YOU JOG when you rest.” My heart sunk. I’m so a run/walker and not even a solid one at that. But I cranked the treadmill up to a jog and shook off my trepidation about the class ahead. As we launched into the run, Matt’s ranges were higher than I could do, so I spent the class about a good point below whatever he called out. I would do whatever the incline request was and launch into a (my version of a) sprint when asked. Matt never once made me feel bad about it – which was appreciated. I was trying hard.

On the floor sections, Matt would demo the next moves ahead and then if anyone seemed confused, he would go around and make awesome, concise, verbal corrections. Barry’s isn’t ever the place for hands on adjustments but Matt did an amazing job of spotting and fixing people verbally.  His form corrections were on point and helpful. It was during the floor section that Matt’s good nature and love for what he was doing shone through.

treads Weirdly, even though I was slower than everyone else through the next two incline run sections, I managed to never walk. I just followed his calm, detailed instructions and just keep going. When we finally hit the last sprint on an incline, I hit a solid 7.2 at 6% incline and was just damn impressed with myself. Matt got me out of my head and out of my comfort zone.

After another ab and arm focused floor section, I was spent. Matt had us finish with a long stretch (for Barry’s) that I was eternally grateful for… I was happy and totally wiped but that stretch meant that I wasn’t as broken as I thought I would be at the end!  It’s no wonder Matt is a rising star at Barry’s – he’s form focused, skilled and charming. I will totally be back!

After Class w Nolan and Makely

 

Photos of Matt and treadmills from Barry’s Bootcamp’s website.

Mile High Run Club: Training Every Runner To Aim Higher

It should be mentioned upfront, that I am NOT a runner.  The fact that I recently fell during a run and actually injured myself had upped my “not really a fan of running” to an almost shocking level of active avoidance. I really needed to get over it, so when I was invited to check out Mile High Run Club, the new runner’s boutique studio, I knew I had and needed to go.

MHRC logo

Mile High Run club is a boutique fitness studio geared at both advanced runners and those just looking to improve. The studio opened in the newly happening NoHo fitness hub – just around the corner from Soul Cycle and Barry’s Bootcamp. It is a beautiful, clean, modern studio, with a bank of small lockers in front. Thankfully, in the gorgeous changing room, there were a handful of larger lockers and I managed to snag one, since my huge backpack was just comically too big for the small ones in the communal space. I stashed my stuff, left my ego at the door and made my way into the studio.

MHRC TreadmillsDecked out with awesome Woodway Treadmills, which more closely mimic the road and just feel better under your feet, MHRC classes are split in two different versions “Dash 28” and “The Distance.”  The class that I took was “Dash 28” with Debora Warner, the founder and program director of Mile High Run Club. For the last several years, Debora has coached hundreds of runners independently through her private training business.  Debora’s goal with MHRC classes? “You’re not alone on the treadmill anymore. My class will educate you and inspire you to aim higher.” I love the idea of getting true run coaching while in a group class setting because really, I need all the coaching I can get!

Dash 28 is a 45-minute class for runners of all levels.  The name comes from the fact that it consists of about 28 minutes of structured intervals followed by 10 minutes of strength training on the floor. Our class did a short warm-up jog on the treadmill while Debora checked in on injuries and levels of experience. Then it was on to the floor for some squats, lunges and some plyometric moves to get our bodies ready for the next 28 minutes. On all of the treadmills, there was a small laminated guide for what ranges you should be within if you are a beginner or if you are advanced – I obviously knew I would fall in the beginner category. I followed along and struggled with every bit. I was distinctly the slowest in the room but was never, ever made to feel bad about it. I did what my hill run was. I did what my sprint was. The goal of MHRC isn’t to just teach to the highest level in the room, or call out crazy numbers to hit on the treadmill, but to give everyone in the room the tools to be their best – whatever that is. At the end of the 28 minutes, we hopped off the treadmills for some kettle bell and core work.

MHRC kettlebellsAt the end of Dash 28, I was spent, but with a new desire to get my running, at the very least, back to a respectable level. Mile High Run Club is a safe, supportive studio where you can just work on getting better – in a group setting. Watching the good runners of the room that night, I wanted to be them. I can’t wait to go back and work on getting better. The best part though about my first session at MHRC, was that it was the first time in months that I actually wanted to run again and that is just an amazing thing….

dreams dont work unless you do

 

Photos & logo courtesy of Mile High Run Club. End quote just a little bit of internet goodness.