From jogging around the track or breaking a sweat at dance team practice in middle and high school to present-day workout classes galore, I’ve always been a fairly active person. And with parents highly involved in the fitness world (dad is an exercise-science professor, mom is a personal trainer), living a balanced, healthy lifestyle has been something instilled in me since birth.
I’m decently athletic, but that’s not to say I’m fearless when it comes to physical activities. Though I’ve always wanted to try it, surfing terrifies me (I still want nothing more than to be the real-life incarnation of Kate Bosworth’s character in Blue Crush); I hate lifting weights, and I am more than a little averse to the idea of participating in a public boot camp class in which park-goers and passersby can silently judge how red my face gets while doing burpees.
When I moved to LA from the Midwest, I was excited to explore some of the more boutique fitness offerings I didn’t have in Indiana. (At that point, going to a yoga class with my sorority sisters felt progressive.) Thanks to Classpass, I recently started deviating from my normal routine—a casual run after work, followed by an amalgamation of “stretches” I convinced myself were somehow working my abs. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot. Here, my highly scientific (not) breakdown of a few of today’s most talked-about workouts.