When I first heard about Mile High Run Club a while back, I was super intimidated. I’ve never been much of a runner, nor have I ever really had the desire to be a runner. I grew up playing soccer (truthfully, because my parents made me), but I wouldn’t say I was the best or had the most stamina on the field. When I got older, I would try to jogging with my dad around my neighborhood, but I would get bored, tired, crampy, and just end up walking or skipping (lol sad but true) home instead.
However, as of late, I’ve grown to appreciate running – solely for the feeling of “escape” that going for a nice, peaceful jog can give you. Hectic and stressful workdays can be remedied by long, relaxing runs through Central Park. Alternatively, I’ve found a quick 2-mile run in the morning almost has the same effect on me as a cup of coffee (NOTE: almost. Not exactly the same.). But even still. While I know I can keep up in exercise classes that require HIIT, dancing, weights, etc., I was not confident how I would do in a class centered around running on treadmills. I worried I would trip and fall off, be the slowest runner in the class, or lose all motivation and stop half-way through. Regardless, I knew I had to give Mile High a try and aim to conquer my fear of an indoor running class. And so last week, my good friend Alexa came along with me to try it out.
Class Name: DASH 28
Instructor: Matt Wilper
Sweat Factor (out of 5): 4/5
Fun Factor (out of 5): 3/5
Class Overview: Alexa and I arrived fairly early to our class in the hopes of getting treadmills next to one another, as well as to scope out the space. It’s in the uber-trendy NoHo area, where you can find a workout class of any shape or size, so it only makes sense that a boutique studio like Mile High would be headquartered here. The lobby is clean and bright, slightly industrial looking but not over the top. I was immediately impressed by the guy at the front desk. He happily made a few adjustments on his computer and let Alexa and I know that he managed to put us next to each other right in the front by the mirrors. What an angel.
The studio is awesome – super futuristic looking. The front wall is mirrored so that every runner can see themselves and their form while on the treadmills. Bright, neon-colored lights gave the room a modernistic glow. The treadmills were in great condition; there were three rows of about 12 treadmills, so it was a perfect class size. Our instructor, Matt, introduced himself and explained what class would be: a quick few minutes of warm-up drills, then 4 running intervals, followed by some strength training with kettlebells and a stretch session at the conclusion of class. Matt explained briefly for the newbies (aka Alexa and I) that you should have four running “levels” – Level 1 (recovery level), Level 2 (fast jog/slow run), Level 3 (run – the level you want to get to at each interval), and Level 4 (fast run/sprint).
Drills were quick – we did some high-knees, jumping jacks, lunges, and squats to get our lower body ready for the run. Then we had two 3-minute intervals and two 6-minute intervals with recovery in between. During each interval, we would start at a high Level 2 or low Level 3, with a goal of reaching a high Level 3 or a Level 4 at the end. Various levels of incline were assigned for each interval as well. The best word to describe this class is “exhilarating.” A “spin class on treadmills,” Alexa coined it, the class is motivated by the perfect playlist; each song seems to be perfectly timed with your current run. No incline and high speed? We had some Jack Ü / Justin Bieber cranking. Pushing it up a big incline? How about some heavy R&B beats to push you along? Matt was super motivating – coming around and cheering on each runner, yelling out words of encouragement and complimenting people on their efforts. He would also give lots of time updates: “One minute until you’re halfway done!” “Thirty seconds until you’re on your last minute!” I loved this, because it helped me figure out when I could give that last burst of effort without fear of burning out too early. The kettlebell portion was surprisingly difficult. For me, at least. Maybe I was beat from the almost 3-mile run, but I had some shaky legs by the end of this segment. But the class absolutely flew by – the 45 minutes was done in the blink of an eye. A super quick but extremely effective workout, Mile High left Alexa and I feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and really, really sweaty.
- Lockers, bathrooms, and showers – all new and clean – are available for you. Also, a water bottle refill station! Yay!
- There will be a towel on each treadmill for your use (but you can also grab extra if needed)
- I think they have foam rollers for those who need them after a long run
- If you can somehow snag a first row treadmill, it’s AWESOME being right in front of the mirror. Really lets you focus on your form and posture while you run
- I know they also do a 45-minute run as well as an Outdoor “Adventure” Run for those who want straight cardio or a change of scenery
- Even if you are not a fan of running, TRY this class! You have total control over your speed and incline, so if it ever gets too intense, you can tone it down a little without tapping out entirely.
Will Visit Again?: Alexa and I are planning her birthday party at Mile High Run Club as we speak. So….yeah.