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Last Day to Enter Giveaway

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This is the LAST day to enter my free giveaway for a chance to win free classes to City Surf Fitness (Dallas location only) and a workout tank! Don’t be fooled, it’s not just for women. You can find yoga-inspired classes or circuit training/bootcamp style classes with the surfboards. It’s easy to enter. Just like my Facebook page and enter here.

** If you also follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you can earn more entries to win. Good luck and I can’t wait to announce the winner.

City Surf Fitness Giveaway!

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Hey Readers! There was such a great response to my City Surf Fitness post, that I’m hosting this awesome giveaway for you guys. It’s super easy. All you have to do is like Deep Fried Fit’s Facebook page. If you’re already a fan, then your job is pretty much done. Click the link below to enter and find out how you can improve your chances of winning. Thanks so much for being such great supporters.

This is valid only at the City Surf Fitness Dallas location only. So if you live in Russia, obviously you wouldn’t be able to apply. Good luck! xoxo

Click the giveaway link to enter!

-Mai Lyn

Fitness Review: City Surf Fitness Circuit Class

Recently, I’ve been trying to mix up my workouts and add in different classes to keep things interesting. Life as a gym rat eventually becomes tedious, so after getting a taste of what City Surf Fitness was like at the Katy Trail 5K, I asked a friend of mine to join me for a class. We decided to go for the circuit class since it sounded like something we were both looking for: strength, stability, cardio and of course a surf board.

After luckily finding a parking spot in Uptown during rush hour, I was  accosted by the delicious smell of iFratelli pizza as I walked toward the studio. I definitely had to summon some will power to not ditch the workout right then and there. How does anyone get anything done with the smell of pizzas following you everywhere!?


Sneak peak into the circuit class. Everyone is doing something different at each station.

Anyway, before walking in, I peered through the window and saw a class mid session and was slightly confused about what to do. I didn’t realize the space was so small there wasn’t really a front desk nor much of a waiting area. As more people arrived, it turns out it’s absolutely normal to wait outside a few minutes before the next class. I suppose when Uptown rent is so high, you gotta make due.

City Surf Fitness is large enough to hold maybe 15 people, at least for this class. The majority of surfers were women. Out of the lot there was only one guy. Despite that, the dude looked like he was getting one heck of a workout. There were about 10 boards laying out ready for my class to begin and with classes back to back, the set up feels a little rushed. Either way, my friend and I were greeted by our instructor Mitch who was extremely nice and got us signed up.

The first session is free and the introductory package is $25 for two weeks of unlimited classes. Definitely sounds like a fantastic introductory offer.

Since the space is small, it was a little humid in the room, thanks to the previous class working their butts off. Our class requires us to be barefoot so we stuffed our belongings in some lockers and chose a board – anxiously anticipating for whatever comes next. Wasn’t a fan of putting my feet on the floor, but hey…whatcha gonna do, right? (I did make a mental note to scrub the bottom of my feet extra hard when I got home).

Mitch explained that we would be rotating to each station/board and doing a different workout for 30 seconds each. In between each station, we would do 30 second pulsing squats, walking planks, or alternating lunges. There were 15 stations in total, 10 of which were on boards that balance on top of 3 bosu balls each (hence where the balancing comes in) and we would go through the whole circuit twice.

The class was much more intense than I expected and I loved it. It’s a class I wouldn’t particularly recommend to someone who is just starting to work out. I would say someone at a more intermediate level or at least has been working out for a while would like it . You’re working out your entire body. From arms, shoulders, butt, legs, and core, you are doing everything. There’s only one break in between the two full circuit, so you’ll definitely be sweating like crazy. I thought it was great for strength, cardio and working on balance and stability.

At first, after Mitch rattled off 15 different movements we were suppose to do, I was a little scared. How the hell was I suppose to remember all of that? But it worked out. I would either watch the person after me out of the corner of my eye or Mitch could catch the  “wtf am I supposed to do next” look on my face and guide me. He had a great radar for that “wtf look” and was fantastic, fun, and encouraging. I thought he did a great job checking on everyone and making sure they were comfortable.


One of my favorite moves on the board!

The 30 second spurts also made things go by super fast. Almost a little too fast. This 50 minute session went by so quickly. By the time we were done with our session, the next class was already encroaching and I felt rushed to get out of there and out of the way. I ended up putting my shoes on outside on a bench while trying to recoup. I think it would’ve been nice if there was a little more time between classes. I totally get that the circuit is fast-paced, but a few extra minutes explaining the class, showing some modifications on the board for a more challenging exercise, maybe some stretching, or a chance to talk to the instructor would’ve made it feel less rushed. The problem with the rush, in my opinion is making sure everyone’s form is correct to prevent injury. You kind of have to know what you’re doing in order to really take advantage, but it isn’t hard to catch on. Regardless, it was a great first experience and something I am interested in trying again.

While the introductory offer is pretty sweet, the pricing for membership is steep. A 3 month membership is $300, so this isn’t the place for to supplementally mix in with your current gym membership. This is the kind of membership where you would spend the majority of your week at, attending 4-5 classes. I also think it’s a temporary membership. You could pause your gym membership while you get your buddha boarding on for a few months and then switch back. You also have the option to drop in for $20 a class if a membership is not the route you want to go, but still want to mix it up. City Surf offers about 10 different classes according to their schedule.

Another helpful tip I would say to the interested, email surfsup@citysurffitness.com with a day and time you want to take your free class and they will hook you up. For future classes, sign up online for the class you want. Don’t bother calling. There doesn’t seem to be a receptionist. The instructors can sign you up, but no one is manning the phones when they are teaching. There are few spots and they get taken up quickly. My friend and I were lucky enough when we just showed up to have a spot in the class. I’m a fan of the workouts and intend on buying the intro pass, so stay tuned for future reviews, photos, and even video. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

 

City Surf Fitness at KT 5K

Had so much fun trying out some workouts on these surfboards with City Surf Fitness. I imagine these are great for balance and core workouts. Started with some squats, then raised our knees toward our arms, then push ups with mountain climbers. I can’t wait to try a free class. Sorry the videos are a little dark. Hope you can see everything and maybe try them out too!

Brittany doing her thang.

Had a blast at the 2014 Katy Trail 5K

This was my first time attending the Michelob Ultra Katy Trail 5K and it was a blast. Not for the run, but for the post-run festivities. Most people know, it’s pretty difficult to run competitively just because it’s so crowded and the path is narrow which means a really slow start for anyone not in the very front. Most attendees did it for fun and to support the Katy Trail organization. I signed up because I really wanted to pig out at the picnic. I love love love Katy Trail so I was more than happy to support them.

So my run wasn’t quite a run… It was hot and humid and my heart was set on the picnic so after the first mile, I took a shortcut so I could make it to the picnic before the lines got too ridiculous. Don’t judge me. I was hungry.  Plus, seeing all these youngsters pass me with ease only made me more upset that all these people were beating me to the picnic. Unacceptable.

The picnic was located at Reverchon Park, my favorite park because of the stone tables and walkways. So many restaurants and organizations gave away tons of free food and stuff. I didn’t bother with the mini bites and went straight for the grilled burgers that smelled so amazing.

My other favorite part was getting to do some teaser workouts with City Surf. I was really hesitant at first, but at the end, I was really proud I could do deep squats, push ups and mountain climbers without falling on my face. I call that a win. Great day, tons of pics, lots of friends… it was absolutely fantastic and tons of fun. Can’t wait to come back next year.