I have been to my fair share of fitness studios, but nothing quite like the community and mobility-focused Redemption Fitness in the North End. After my initial workout with the Redemption team, I have been back multiple times to break a sweat and to borrow some mobility moves to use on my own.
Redemption is the first strength studio where I have been given the option to train with or without shoes. I will always try something once so before my first workout I slipped out of my shoes and onto their padded floor in my socks (they happened to match, that is a rare occasion for me). Before class I looked around at the kettlebells, sandbags, and medicine balls. I knew then that I was probably going to enjoy this class!
Strength training is not the norm for group fitness, but I love the fact that the small class size at Redemption makes it possible to have a full-strength workout with a knowledgeable instructor while sharing the experience with others. The mobility in class invloves bodyweight movements, we focus on alot of PAILs and RAILs, they increase range of motion by combining strength and stretching! For each move you focus on applying pressure through a certatin motion and then reversing that motion, at first I had a hard time understanding but after it was explained and demonstrated a couple of times I could feel the difference I felt after minutes.
When entering the studio, you may catch a glimpse of Chris, the owner, leading a private or semi-private session. The group classes take place on the lower level, but the main floor is full of equipment to help clients meet their personal goals. There are four class types offered: “strength,” “sweat,” “strength x sweat,” and “move(ment).”
My first class was a “sweat” class with Meg C. It involved a lengthy series of movements that the class was instructed to complete in a given timeframe. Sweat is hiit-focused, and the goal is to get the heart rate up while maintaining proper form. The music was blasting and Meg walked around making sure we were all moving! She continuously encouraged everyone to keep moving and provided alternative movements. For my second class, I completed “strength” with Meg H, where I pushed my limits while I was asked over and over again if I wanted a heavier weight. During class we utilized sandbags and kettlebells. Meg H is relentless in pushing everyone in the class to keep going or to try something new. I loved the variations of exercises that were given depending on fitness level and the fact that she was checking on form the entire class. “Strength x sweat” is a combination of the two classes, but every class has a bit of mobility worked into the 45-minute class, and I appreciate any additional love I can provide to my muscles. I have yet to attend a “move(ment)” class with Chris, but I am always in need of some extra mobility work since I have such a hard time completing it on my own. Move(ment) is an hour-long class to increase range of motion and strengthen joints and connective tissue… as I gracefully age, I am realizing how important recovery is to the body!
The newest addition to Redemption is a weekly run club that takes place on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. The run is led by Alicia and Meg H and each week, the group will run different routes ranging three to five miles. I ran my first half marathon in September and have had such a hard time running since. Running with the group motivated me to get outside on a 40-degree night and get some miles in. In true Redemption fashion, we worked on hip mobility before the run, and I will be looking forward to getting outside with a group weekly. The community that works out at Redemption is friendly, upbeat, and will make you feel included regardless of fitness level!
The bitches say: 5 sweat drops!
Redemption Fitness in the North End is creating a community around strength training, while incorporating mobility work to ensure optimal function & efficiency.