I love working out. There have been times in my life where I’ve been at the gym six days per week. Right now, it’s more like three days, if I’m lucky.
But I’m not very coordinated, and I don’t typically take group classes. (Although Core Fusion at Exhale Spa has won my heart.) Yet when the sneaker behemoth invited me to test out their new Nike Training Club iPhone app in a session led by Nike Master Trainer Marie Purvis and US soccer goalie Hope Solo, I was game. Mostly because I’m getting married in three months and want to look my best. Also because I had a feeling we’d be outfitted in some pretty nice kit, and I was right.
As we entered Nike’s space at Chelsea Piers, each session participant was given an iPod Touch, which we used to scan bar codes on the gallery-like walls. The bar codes transformed into short videos on the screen of the iPod, promoting the Nike 360 concept. Of course, the woman in the film looked incredible–amazing body, beautiful hair and skin–but it was her clothes and shoes that I couldn’t help but coveting.
After a Q&A with Marie and Hope, we scurried off to the locker room, where our names were placated on cabinet doors. In all my years of lacrosse and basketball, I never received that honor. Ha. But more importantly, I was thrilled to find a whole new gym wardrobe. The lightweight tank and leggings were comfortable and flattering, and the trainers–Nike Free 3.0 v2 Women’s Running Shoe–are definitely good looking enough to wear on the street.
If I can somehow pull off wearing these in public, I will. They’re so sleek, with that new-fangled “barefoot technology,” which means they’re supposed to protect your foot without all the thickness and pressure regular sneakers create.
Finally, it was time to hit the gym. The group class followed Nike’s free Training Club iPhone app, which was projected onto the walls of the space. Marie led the session, and gave us tips on how to use the app at home. (Essentially, you can tailor it to help you achieve what you need specifically need to achieve. There are Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced settings, as well as options for those who want to slim down, build lean muscle, or gain strength.)
We did intermediate for those who want to build lean muscle, and I’ll simply say this: Usually, after an intense class, my legs are sore the next day. This time around my legs were sore when I left last night.
But no matter: I had an amazing workout. And found my new favorite pair of kicks. Acne wedges, be damned! It’s time to embrace running shoes as chic.