Mid-January tends to be the moment when all our well-intentioned resolutions to get active can use an extra nudge. The temperature plummets, the days are shorter, and the thought of exercising outdoors can seem extra challenging for some of us. Luckily, Jackson has a wealth of fabulous indoor exercise classes, and I find it easier to motivate when I have a delicious, healthy meal planned for afterwards.
Tone: ShockWave at Revolution Indoor Cycling
Revolution, located in the Movieworks Plaza, offers more than 10 varieties of indoor cycling and indoor rowing classes, some combining cardio with mat-based toning and stretching exercises. The indoor cycling classes are reminiscent of those at big city studios, like SoulCycle or FlyWheel, with fun music and charismatic instructors calling out positive affirmations to keep you going. Don’t miss the cross-training rowing class, ShockWave, which is even more unique and challenging. Bursts of rowing are paired with strength stations that target the legs, core, and arms. I particularly love the classes that include a “roll” at the end (clients use a foam roller and massage balls to release tight muscles).
Taste: Avocado Toast and a Matcha Latte at Picnic
After your morning class, head over to Picnic for the best breakfast in town. I love their avocado toast, which includes roasted tomatoes, feta cheese and watermelon radishes. A matcha latte is the perfect warm beverage for after a hard workout. The “ceremonial grade” green tea powder gives you a nice hit of caffeine without the typical coffee crash. I like mine with almond milk.
Tone: Megaformer at Pursue Movement Studio
Pursue is a gorgeous workout studio and retail store in the heart of town and home to five incredible Megaformer machines. The high-intensity, low-impact workout aims to fuse the more restorative approach of Pilates with the rigorous approach of weight training. The Megaformer looks like a souped up version of a traditional Pilates machine, with heavier springs, multiple handles, and platforms at both ends. In a typical class, you can expect core, upper body, and lower body exercises with wacky names such as catfish, donkey, spoon and sexy back. With six to nine classes per day, from 6:10 a.m. to 6:10 p.m., there’s a class that works for every schedule.
Hummus is one of my favorite post-workout snacks; it’s such a great source of vegetarian protein. After your Megaformer class, stroll right across the street to Pearl Street Bagels for their chunky, scallion-y hummus. I love it on a seven grain bagel with cucumbers and lots of mixed greens. The hummus from Pearl Street Market (not the same place as Pearl Street Bagels!) is another favorite. The roasted red pepper gives it such great flavor. Recipe included here, so you can make at home!
Tone: MELT™ workshop at Core Pilates
Less workout, more self-care practice, MELT™ Method was created to fight chronic pain and compliment an active lifestyle. MELT™ focuses on the body’s fascia, or connective tissues, and the role they play in pain, stress management, and overall health. Core Pilates is offering a series in MELT™ Hand and Foot every Wednesday in February from 4:30-5:45 p.m. The workshop will use small medicine balls to activate pressure points in the hands and feet that correspond to different regions of the body. After so much time exhausting my hands texting and typing, and cramming my feet into ski boots, it feels amazing to pay special attention to my hands and feet. I was amazed at the connection I felt between my hands and feet and the rest of my body. For example, rolling the ball on the bottom of my foot, below my big toe knuckle, I immediately felt a release in neck tension.
Taste: Mint Chip Smoothie at Healthy Being Cafe & Juicery
A cooling smoothie or nut milk is the perfect snack after MELT… you’ll feel so light and relaxed. Healthy Being has delicious bottled nut milks and freshly made smoothies. I love the mint chip smoothie, which combines house-made almond milk, avocado, raw cacao nibs, mint, spinach, and almond butter. For something to grab and go, I love the cashew chai nut milk, which is a blend of cashews with cacao, clove, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and dates. Don’t forget to bring back your glass bottle next time for $2 back in cash.