I will admit, now that I added CrossFit to my weekly routine, I walk around feeling pretty badass. So when T&J No Limit Fitness invited me to their NL-Burn class, I thought it would be a breeze.
Spoiler alert - I was wrong.
I remember meeting Theo (the T of T&J) at the Sweat Local Columbus expo in July. His intensity was infectious and he got everyone moving and sweating in no time during his class. It was not an act just for the event---he carries that same personality in his classes in the gym.
Before class started, Jerry (the J of T&J) gave me a quick tour of the facility, which is a totally open room that is surprisingly clean. I say surprisingly because there is a ton of equipment and stuff in the building, but it doesn't feel cluttered. The area is split up into 3 main areas-- a TRX/boxing bag area, group fitness floor, and weight/machines area. Jerry explained that while group fitness is the core of their membership, all their members have access to the gym during open hours to use the other equipment that is in there. That's an awesome perk of membership!
I was instructed to grab all the items I'd need for class, which were listed out on the wall by the weights, making it a lot easier to figure out what you needed. For this class, I needed a mat, step, barbell with medium weight, and about 3 sets of hand weights. The class started off with a "warm-up," which is hilarious because by the end of the warmup I was sweating. The class began and was split up into 3 different 12-minute time blocks. Each block had 3-4 exercises in each and you would do them for a minute and then switch. We mixed it up with lunges, squats, bent over rows, overhead press, TRX low rows, situps, and more that I'm sure I'm forgetting. This class is advertised as a full-body burn, and Theo definitely delivered.
One thing I like about group classes is that because you are in a group setting, you can sometimes slack a little if you feel like you're about to fall down because your legs are so wobbly--but in this class, it's like Theo has eyes in the back of his head. If you start to slack, he notices, and comes over to make sure you are encouraged and still working hard. I mean, I get it. You're only there for 60 minutes, might as well make the most of it (I tell my spinning classes this all the time while I'm teaching, but it's different when you're not leading the class!).
By the end of class I was exhausted, but felt the rush of endorphins which is always appreciated. The next day my legs were definitely reminding me of all the squats and lunges.
T&J hasn't been open very long, but they have already been very successful. It's evident that their energy and their workouts are what keep people coming back. The class I went to was at 9:30am on a weekday and the class was pretty full--which is impressive because that time is usually a downtime for gyms.
If you live in Powell or nearby, be sure to check out T&J. They are currently offering a Groupon at an awesome price, and you can always try your first class for free!
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus