Sunday, November 16, 2014

Amsterdam gym + new routine?

The last time I wrote a workout post was in September, so it was about time that changed. I have some bits and bobs to share with you, including a gym recommendation in Amsterdam, a new routine I'm trying and some new work-out songs. 

First I want to talk to you about the gym I went to in Amsterdam. I chose Sport City (Weteringsdwarsstraat location) because it was literally two streets away from me. The closer the gym, the more you go is my "theory". There's three Sport City gyms in Amsterdam and some more in the rest of the Netherlands.

This Sport City is the smallest gym I've ever been to, but it has four floors. Ground floor weight section/reception/small seating area, first floor cardio machines/changing rooms/sauna/steam room, second floor group class room and third floor tanning beds. I liked the size of the gym because it feels familiar and accessible, and you know all the staff that works there. The only downside is that it gets very busy during peek hours, but I always went later in the evening. Sometimes the gym was close to being empty!

My membership cost €60 per month, and this included everything: access to gym (+ 1 free training session), all classes (yoga, bodypump, kickboxing, spinning etc.), sauna, steam room and tanning beds. For a one year memberships it's only €45 per month and they always have a special deal going on. In my opinion this is a really good deal for a gym of this high standard. I really had everything I needed at Sport City and I was kind of sad to be leaving Amsterdam and my little gym haha! I can recommend this gym 100% to anyone living in Amsterdam.

Now to break up my ramble, here's my four favourite work-out songs of the last few weeks:
Dawn - Basenji 
Can't Stop Playing - Dr. Kucho & Gregor Salto
Gecko (Original Mix) - Oliver Heldens
Boneless - Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo

At Sportcity I also tried kickboxing a few times, which I enjoyed much more than I expected. I wasn't planning on trying it since I don't like group classes that much, but then there was a free spot one evening so I decided to try it. It's very technical and you really have to understand and master the technique before you get any good at it. But it's fun and tiring to throw those kicks and punches, and it's a full-body workout. I hope I can also do this in the next gym I join. If you get the chance to try kickboxing, give it a go!

Now that I left Amsterdam along with my routine of going to the gym, I have found something new to keep me busy at home: Kayla Itsines' Bikini Body Guide!
Here's a little sneak peek of part of a workout. The exercises are really straightforward and you don't need much equipment!
Some of you may have seen this on Instagram already. Kayla Istines is a 23-year-old personal trainer from Australia who has developed a "Bikini Body Guide" which consists of a nutrition guide and most importantly a 12-week training guide. Let me start off by saying that this isn't easy and it's not for beginners. I've done two work-outs so far and I was super sweaty and tired both times! I'll tell you more about this guide once I've done it for a few more weeks. For now, this will be my exercise routine, I'm looking forward to it :)

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