Noah's a character. Great energy and sweet attitude. Kept us pumped up the whole class.
- Flat-brimmed hat, slightly cocked to the side
- Loved the football references. Doing jump switch lunges: “don’t you feel like
you’re back in preseason?” At the end: “this is the fourth quarter, give it your
- Some girl from the front desk brought him a Starbucks iced green tea 15
minutes into class. “THANK GOD. What would I do without you?!” He said to
her. Hahhahahaha. I love these nutty fitness types.
On the format:
2 treadmill sequences, 2 floor sequences. Didn’t ask about injuries – at this point I’m pretty sure Barry’s just assumes that you’ll tell them if you have issues. I don’t really agree with this strategy.
On the strength section:
- Biceps: had us do a lot of standard curls, but with different rotations, so we
were circling up our arms instead of going straight up and down. Major ouch.
Loved how he encouraged us during this part – “YOU ARE HITTING EVERY
PART OF THIS MUSCLE”. Very motivational, great use of visual cuing.
- Abs: per usual, abs at Barry’s were great. We did this V-up motion that Noah
called the “American Psycho” which made me chuckle. Burn.
- Thai boxing: one thing that distinguished Noah’s class was that he integrated
Muay Thai moves into the legs section, which was cool. We did some
punching holding weights (reminded me of Michael Olajide at Aerospace).
- Slappy Jacks? HILARIOUS. We did these goofy ass jumping jacks where we
did a side crunch on each side of the jack. We all looked like major clowns. I
enjoyed looking around.
On the cardio section:
On the treadmill, we actually did some backwards jogging on an incline. I always feel like these sections are an aerobic break, but they’ve got to be great for balance.
At the end of the 2nd tread section, as we were panting like dogs, he walked us through “the best way to get oxygen to our lungs”. He had us inhale while lifting our hands high to the ceiling, and exhale as we brought our palms behind our heads. At this point of exhaustion, this “baby steps” method of talking me through a simple breathing exercise was EXACTLY what the doctor ordered. You know when you’re so tired that you’re just like “you tell me what to do because I don’t want to think about it wahhhhhh”? Nail on the head.
One oddity and a suggestion:
- We were doing some exercise with the booty band and mine broke (I can't
help it that my booty is pure steel). Anyway, he was standing right near the
booty band box and he saw it happen, so I was hoping he would just toss me
a new one, but he didn’t, even when I sort of made a motion asking for one.
Maybe just a major communication fail.
- One thing about this class that stood out to me was that many of the exercises
involved the flailing of all 4 limbs and were therefore difficult to navigate with
our neighbors. I might recommend that he either stagger us or find other ways
to minimize the awkward touching/smacking.
On our way out, Noah literally stood in the hall making everyone give him high-fives on the way out. “I’m bringing the high five back!!” Adorable. Left a great taste in my mouth.
AWESOME! Loved the dude, loved the class.