Keeping your New Year’s fitness resolution

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Ah it’s that time of the year again. Within the first couple of weeks in the semester, the Nelson is already drenched with teen spirit. Everybody wants to stick to what they resolved to do come midnight New Years Eve. And yet, so many will fail and revert back to old habits. Don’t be that person. Rise and flourish with Blog’s three-step guide on how to stick to your New Year’s fitness resolution.

1. Goals.

Let’s keep things real here. Without a goal, you’ll be walking around in circles and contemplating the meaning of life (and your resolution). The less abstract your goal, the better. Decide exactly what you want out of your New Years workout resolution. Are you looking to improve the pace on your morning jog? Trying to double your bench press, squat, and deadlift? A crucial component of setting goals is knowing where you are currently. Once your know where you currently stand, you can set a realistic goal so you won’t be frustrated a year from now.

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PSA: Nelson transitioning to summer hours

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On Saturday, I headed to the Nelson around 6 o’clock to discover that, much to my relief dismay, it was already closed. At first, I thought it was a fluke (is ADOCH still happening??!?). Yet, I soon learned that the Nelson is currently transitioning to summer hours, meaning it will be closing early for the rest of the year.

For the next week (4/27 – 4/30), the Nelson will be open from 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Starting May 1st, it will be open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Some may shriek at the news, while others jump for joy at the thought of the gym being closed for more hours of the day. Regardless, the transition to these hours can only mean one thing: summer is (almost) here!

TL;DR:

4/27 – 4/30:

Mon – Thurs: 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Starting 5/1:

Mon – Fri: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sat – Sun: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Project Dance’s first class

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Project Dance is a student group that wants to “empower individuals through original and energetic dance fitness” classes. They meet on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Classes run for 50 minutes and are open to people of all levels and ages. Project Dance’s first class is on Tuesday, October 8th at 5 p.m. (note that this is different from its usual class times) and if you “like” Project Dance on Facebook, you get to go to the first class for free!

Project Dance allows you to focus on your fitness all while you’re actively making a difference! Project Dance has two components: dancing, of course; and making the world a better place through its unique charity component. The five-dollar per-class fee will go to the following three charities: Campaign for Female Education, American Jewish World Service’s Gender Campaign, or Women’s Center of Rhode Island. And the coolest part? Each participant chooses to which of the three organizations his or her fee is donated. Now you can dance for 50 minutes, improve your fitness, and donate to charity!  

Classes take place at Brown RISD Hillel (80 Brown Street), and you can find the Facebook event for the first class here.

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I survived a 305 Fitness class, and so can you.

Last Thursday night, two bloggers faced their greatest fears. We suited up in our workout garb, filled our water bottles, and small-talked nervously as we walked to Hillel. We walked into a huge, empty room and saw a small but peppy big-haired girl in a pink sports bra. We had arrived. And we were terrified.

305 Fitness, formerly known as BodyRox, was started last year by Sadie Kurzban ’12 and Brielle Friedman ’12, a pair of fitness-loving besties set on creating a workout that was both fun and effective. The result: a zumba-like dance rager that literally kicks your ass. I had seen the trailer online and was intrigued by the concept. The music and the dancing seemed fun! Everyone was so into it! Maybe I could be one of those sexy dancers werkin’ off CFF! But I couldn’t do this alone. So I enlisted another blogger to accompany me on this glute-crushing, life-changing journey.

And bringing a friend was the smartest thing I could have done. Throughout the workout, we exchanged a couple of knowing, affirming glances to help us get through. That, or she was actually thinking, “I hate you! Why would you ever subject me to this!” It also made me feel safer walking home, knowing that if I collapsed on the Main Green, there would be someone to call EMS.

I hope I’m not scaring you too much. Let me backtrack and start again: 305 Fitness is actually really fun, albeit terrifying. Signing a waiver at the beginning of a class was not the most reassuring thing in the world, but being handed the pen and paper by a smiling and encouraging instructor eased the initial pain.  Continue Reading