When it comes to skincare, the no pain no gain mantra doesn’t fly anymore. There are so many effective treatments and products for a variety of concerns that discomfort has become a thing of the past. In fitness, it still has a loyal following though, with myself included. Spa fitness offerings are usually in the calm, comfortable category, but Trump International Hotel & Tower New York stands out with its high impact summer boot camp. I was very excited to be invited to a preview class last month. The two trainers didn’t hold back and filled every minute of the hour-long class with a heart-pumping series of circuits. It worked too, I was dripping and utterly exhausted when it was over and knew immediately I would be sore. The pain and hard work was all worth it, I definitely felt stronger and more confident. The beautiful Central Park location helped distract my mind from my burning muscles, too. I was also very happy I had time to eat a pre-workout snack and had a lovely breakfast spread in one of the park view suites to refuel afterward, because nutrition can make or break a workout. Here’s what one of the trainers, Malenna Saunders, recommends for a balanced diet and when to eat carbs.
- Breakfast: The most important meal of the day that fuels you throughout the morning and kicks in your metabolism. Have a bowl of oatmeal and fruit.
- Pre Workout: You can’t expect to exert energy to lift weights without proper nutrition Have a hearty balanced meal about 1.5 to 2 hours prior to your workout.
- Post Workout: You need carbs, especially post workout. If you lift and do not have proper every source to refuel your muscles, you risk burning muscles instead of fat.
What fitness offerings does your spa have on the menu for guests this summer?