Total Body Run Class at CrossTown Fitness

3:00 PM

Class: Total Body Run

Instructor: Kiersten

Rating:  9/10


Location: 3600 N Halsted St. Chicago IL 60613

Class Description: Round out your CTF training with our 30-minute treadmill workout focusing on speed, incline and endurance. The class is designed for maximum benefits in a short format with a focus on increasing overall running performance.These purposefully structured intervals will help you achieve your running goals more quickly than just logging the miles. Open to all fitness levels; these classes are scalable for novice and marathoners alike.

Hold on, guys. I need to catch my breath.

CrossTown Fitness* just added a new class to their roster: Total Body Run. This class has a short 30-minute format focusing on speed, incline and endurance. Instead of tacking on miles, this class’ structured intervals aims to help participants achieve running goals faster.

You better believe I tried this out for myself.

Now I am not a huge fan of treadmills, and will generally choose an outdoor run over an indoor run because dreadmills are so boring!. No amount of music, TV, podcasts, or audiobooks have ever been able to make me enjoy my time on this contraption. But, given the short, 30-minute format of this new offering, I went in with an open mind.

Boy, am I glad I went.

Given how this class is set up, each participant can customize the workout to meet their needs and capabilities. In this particular go, our intervals involved some pretty heavy hills.  We started out doing a few “climbs” where we increased our speed and incline little by little at the instructors cue. Before I knew it I was running my normal run pace but at an incline of 6-7! (Read: MY GLUTES!) 

After a few climbs we went into speed intervals where we pushed ourselves to hold a harder effort pace for 60-90 seconds before coming back down to that easy pace and doing it all over again. I actually pushed myself here and was surprised at how fast I was running without maxing my heart rate. That’s The time passed quickly which for once I never begged "please let this end".

Try it for yourself:

Monday 9-9:30am, West Loop
Tuesday 11:15-11:45am, West Loop
Friday 1-1:30pm, West Loop
Friday 1-1:30pm, Northside

Have you ever taken a group treadmill class? I haven’t and was pleasantly surprised to find out I didn’t mind it nearly as much as I thought I would!

*I attended a free Total Body Run media preview class at CrossTown Fitness. All opinions are my own, as always.

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