That face is the face of a woman who got her butt kicked. (Okay, that’s obviously a dramatic overreaction, but you get the idea.) I have taken the Luscious Legs and Arm Candy, Kettlebell Chicks, and Kettlebell 101 Swing Series classes taught by the phenomenal Anabell Browne. I have sweated my face off, I have nearly barfed (due to ingesting an insane amount of sparkling water leading up to a HIIT workout), and I have learned the proper way to do Russian swings with the kettlebell. Long story short: I came to class, I saw Ana work her magic, and I got conquered by all matter of fitness equipment. Let me back up and start from the beginning.
If you’ve been following along here and on social media, you have seen me take a few different types of classes at Fitness Snob Studio in DC lately. In fact, I love the classes I’ve taken so much, I actually co-hosted an event there with my friend Vida (Healthy Curves Rock) last month so that we could highlight the studio and introduce our #DMVFitnessFam to some of our favorite classes. (Plus, of course, I worked out with Michelle Obama’s trainer at Fitness Snob too!)
There are two types of classes I’ve taken from one instructor that have simultaneously totally kicked my butt and made me want to come back for more: Kettlebell Chicks and Luscious Legs/Arm Candy with Anabells Fitness. The two workouts were pretty different from one another but the end result was the same in that I felt like I got a full day’s worth of exercise in under an hour, was sore for a couple of days, and felt stronger and champion-like. (I know that sounds a bit extra, but you know how I do.)
I want to share with you about my experiences with the classes, why I think Ana is the bee’s knees, and why I think you should try out one of her classes the next time you’re in DC.
Ana knows her stuff. First of all, look how fit she is! She’s one strong woman! I love that she prefers working with women, and that she focuses so much attention on proper form. When I took her Kettlebell 101 Swing Series class, she really broke down every little part of each movement, including how to breathe, where you should be looking, and correct body positioning. It’s rare for me to find an instructor who does that for any given class. Take note the next time you take a group exercise class. Did they go over body positioning with you? Did they tell you how to breathe? Ana wants to make sure that everyone is being safe in her classes, which also means that you’re getting the most effective workout possible!
So, they were totally right. Luscious Legs and Arm Candy was harder than the Kettlebell Chicks class, but it was very different. (Granted, I “completed” the Kettlebell Chicks class…) Both classes were really accessible for varying fitness levels, but I would argue that the Luscious Legs class was even more geared towards all fitness levels than Kettlebell Chicks because there were more opportunities for modifications. Luscious Legs isn’t exactly a HIIT class, but it does have a lot of HIIT elements. I’d describe it more as a full-body conditioning class, with a stronger emphasis on the core, posterior chain, and arms/shoulders.
This is such a fun class because of all of the energy in the room, plus Ana is doing the workout with you (natch). You are definitely working up a sweat and feeling the burn in dat booty, but it is so worth it! You will be sore, but you’ll feel incredible after you get that great sweat in! (To my fellow Office fanatics out there I say “BTB – bring that booty” to Luscious Legs!)
I bought a 4-class pass for Luscious Legs (which I definitely recommend), so I got to try it out a couple of times before my 4th pass expired and I couldn’t use it (whomp whomp). Side note: I’m just going to blame my sister because we kept trying to go, but couldn’t get our schedules to line up. I realize that’s a cheap way out, but as you can see, that’s the theme of this story.
When I saw that Ana was hosting a Kettlebell series where you can learn proper techniques over a 2-hour period, I was sold! I finally found a class that lined up with my schedule and got to try it out this past Sunday.
|All smiles after the Kettlebell Swing Series seminar and workout!