One of my New Year’s resolutions was to literally get my butt back in gear, and thanks to local fitness studio Tread BR, I was able to get myself back on the workout track in January. Then, full disclosure here, Mardi Gras happened. Now that today is the start of Lent, I am not only getting back to the studio, but I am also helping one of you get back on track with me!
I have one month of unlimited classes to give away to Tread BR for one lucky reader (keep reading to see how to enter). Lent is like a whole new New Year for me (if that makes any sense to you), and I think this is the perfect time to reassess your workout plan of action and get up and go!
WHAT IS TREAD BR?
Tread BR is a local fitness boutique here in Baton Rouge that offers a variety of workout classes. The team at Tread strives to offer an experience rather than just a standard workout class. Tread BR’s founder, Nicole Williamson, focuses on three main components – fitness, personal experience and activewear.
Nicole and her team also pair up with other local organizations and businesses in town hosting pop-up shops and other events. Tread is about building a community through the people you workout with, who you meet at the studio, the Tread BR team and others in Baton Rouge. Everyone from the fitness instructors to the regulars made me as a newbie feel right at home. Going to a brand-new class by yourself can be intimidating, but the atmosphere at Tread was welcoming and easy to have fun.
One of the ways I challenged myself to get fit at the beginning of the year was to join a class. Tread offered me an unlimited month and I was able to try multiple classes to figure out what I liked best. I enjoy yoga so the strength and stretch class was a perfect mixture of some things that I already knew and new techniques. It is a combination of pilates and yoga and also incorporates using different types of objects for the perfect stretch. I feel like yoga is very important for a runner, and I always feel my best when I practice as part of my training routine. It also helps with my patience, which is another one of my New Year’s resolutions.
I became so obsessed with the Tread class to the point where I looked forward to the end of my workday so I could get there. It is a one hour interval based training class that includes treadmill based cardio, strength training and Pilates core based exercises. The website describes it as a full body workout, and it is hands down the best full body workout I have ever done. For the hour you switch between five-minute running intervals on the treadmill and five minutes doing strength exercises on the ground. You never stop. Outside of running races, it is one of the most rewarding exercise experiences I have had. I talk more about it below, but this is the main reason why I feel the monetary investment in these classes is worth it.
If you are a first timer to Tread, you can purchase one class for $15 or two classes for $25. I think the $25 option is perfect to try out two different classes and see what you like about each one.
You can find a full class list with descriptions –> here. It is nice how one spot offers classes you are familiar with, like spin and yoga, but also something like Tread that is unique and completely different than a classes you can take elsewhere. Tread motivated me to try new things when it comes to my workout routine.
Not only can you exercise, but you can also shop. Another one of my five ways to get motivated to get fit includes buying a new outfit. It really does help. Well, you can get your sweat on while also shopping right at TreadBR! It gives a new meaning to the saying ‘shopping is my cardio’.
Each month, Tread BR showcases a collection of athletic wear that they handpick for their customers. I loved this Blanc Noir moto jacket to wear to and from workouts. Kind of like changing up my workouts, the apparel section introduced me to some new brands that I definitely want to incorporate into my workout wear. They have a great selection at the store including gear branded specifically for Tread.
Let me be honest here. I had been wanting to try Tread BR ever since they opened the studio in 2012, but I was apprehensive because of the class price. $25 seemed a little to steep for one class, until I tried it. Now that I have been to multiple classes, I will have no problem investing $25 per class. I think the unlimited package is a good option if you know your schedule well. A lot of the regulars I talked to go 3-5 times per week. When you sit back and think about it, we invest in so many different things in our life (like shopping, coffee breaks, eating lunch out), so why don’t we invest more in our personal health? The bottom line is if you are interested in trying out Tread BR, I highly recommend it. Tread gave me a month of unlimited classes to try out for myself, and I will now be joining on my own dime.
I always feel like it can be somewhat of a waste for me to spend money on classes, because we have a world-class facility at our fingertips right here at LSU. I couldn’t be more wrong. While I still won’t invest in a gym because of this feeling, I now see how important switching up my routine is for my training schedule. I always leave strength training to the wayside in favor of cardio for every workout, but this way I can get both at once.
Let’s face it, sometimes you need somebody else to help you get your butt in gear. When I was in Rivers’ Tread class or Stacy’s strength and stretch class, I had people encouraging me to keep going and finish strong. When you are in the gym by yourself and it is hard to feel your arms and legs, you can just stop. In a class setting with upbeat motivators, you keep going.
Now that you are more familiar with Tread BR, I have something for you! Head to my Instagram page (@emilyvdixon) to enter to win a month of unlimited classes – just like they gave me. This is a $250 value, and is so worth it.
If you have any other questions about Tread BR, please feel free to reach out to me!
Thanks to Tread BR for partnering with me to sponsor this post. All opinions are my own.