It happens to even the most die-hard fitness devotees: It’s easy to commit to end-of-day workouts at the beginning of the week, but once Wednesday evening rolls around, it’s often easier to say yes to happy hour instead!
“Typically Wednesday nights at As 1 were a lighter turn out, till Kaylee started teaching them,” says GEORGE/MARK/TKTITLE OF AS1. The Minnesota native is known for her playlists, which help get you in the mood — for an ass-whooping workout! Keeping up her reputation, on a beautiful spring evening this week’s class was at max capacity.
“I love these workouts because they never get easy,” she says. “Personally, I think the beat of rap really helps get you moving. Right now I’m loving “Turn Down for What” [by DJ Snake & Lil John], but I’m always ready for country, too, which I get isn’t a typical combination!” The former college hockey player thinks music is the best instigator for a good workout, “It’s super important. I think the wrong music can kill a workout even if you’re super pumped that day.”
True to her hockey-playing roots, the shorter the circuit, the happier she is. “Those endurance things still kick my ass. Growing up training was 40 seconds and then you’re done.” No wonder her least favorite element at the gym is the Air Dyne bike. And with her training, of course she says squats are one of her favorite exercises! If she had to pick a cardio machine, “it’d be the Jacob’s Ladder, because you really do have to stay in the zone and focused.”
This week, it was alternating 4-minute cardio circuits (stepper, Air Dyne, Jacob’s Ladder) with a series of 25-second intervals of burpees, push ups, jump squats, dead lifts….and others you try to forget about while you’re in the middle of it! Repeat five times and get ready for the burn the day after!
What about workout necessities, apart from a great playlist? “Nothing beats water. Sometimes I’ll throw in a flavor packet but basic water is my go-to. But I’m careful not to drink too much during a workout because of all the sloshing around!”