Mystryde Boston: A Review

Hey friends, I’m back!

I mentioned before that I’ve been incorporating some new routines into my training for Baystate this time around, and one of those changes has been the Mystryde treadmill classes I’ve been attending. I figure some of you are probably a little curious about how a treadmill class works, so I figured I would share a review and some of the details of why I think these classes are so great.

Mystryde is Boston’s first treadmill studio and is located in the North End of Boston, about a 5 minute walk from the Haymarket station on the Orange line. For where I live and work, this makes it very convenient to get to, plus I love having an excuse now to walk through the North End because it’s probably the cutest part of Boston with all its Italian cafes and restaurants. The trick is to avoid the temptation to grab a cannoli or some gelato after one of the classes!

The studio itself is pretty small, and you could almost miss it, if not for the funny/motivational sandwich board they keep out in front.

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Inside, there’s a waiting area where they sell some pretty cute merchandise with the Mystryde running man logo so you can represent your favorite treadmill studio on all your runs.

Ok, onto the best part now – the classes! There are 3 different ones which range from 45 minutes to an hour: Endurance, Stryde, and Power Stryde. Endurance focuses on building strength over longer intervals, and usually includes some pretty tough hill segments (I’m talking about 12% incline tough… Yikes!). According to one of the instructors I asked, Endurance most closely resembles a tempo run, while Stryde is a little bit more like a track workout, with more short, fast intervals. Power Stryde is basically boot camp meets running intervals. It is TOUGH! I am definitely one of those runners who tends to neglect strength work, so I love that Mystryde offers classes that combine the two. In the Power Stryde class I attended, everyone was partnered up so that while one person was running their intervals on the treadmill, the other was doing exercises on the floor. These included squats, push-ups, plank get-ups, crunches, and a bunch of other exhausting moves. I was a quivering puddle of sweat after this class, but I didn’t hate it. 🙂 The setting also helps keep you going – they crank up the tunes and turn the lights down, so it feels like a party, albeit a sweaty, exhausting one!

Mystryde Boston | 2 Generations RunningDuring the classes, the instructors tell you what level incline and speed to take your treadmill up to for each interval. Every treadmill comes with a pace card that explains what speed setting you should use if you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced. This makes it really easy for everyone to get in an awesome workout, according to their own specific experience level – without anyone being left in the dust, which can happen easily during a workout done on a track. So far, I’ve been using the intermediate paces, but hopefully I’ll graduate to advanced some day! 😉

The instructors here are also totally friendly. I feel like some professionals in the fitness studio world can be a little full of themselves and not very approachable, but I’ve never felt that way at Mystryde. They’re always going to push you to give a workout your best, but they do it in a way that’s not intimidating. Just this past week, they also started offering group runs on Wednesday evenings at 6:30. I went, and we did a gorgeous 4-mile loop that came with just about the prettiest sunset I’ve ever seen.

Boston Mystryde Review

Mystryde Boston ReviewCan you even believe that? I’m so glad I went for the run with these ladies because that was one pretty epic view!

In terms of cost, the classes are a little expensive, but not any more so than what you’d typically expect to pay for studio fitness classes in a city. They offer a bunch of different packages to suit everyone’s individual goals and budget. They also tend to do a decent number of promotions – like donate a pair of used sneakers and get 15% off.

Overall, I really love these classes, and I know I’m going to be an even bigger fan come the winter and that first snowfall. If you’re a runner in the Boston area, I highly recommend checking them out! We’ll see what happens on October 16th, but I have a strong feeling attending these classes on a weekly basis is going to be a BIG help with my marathon goals.

Treadmills – yay or nay? Are you a fan of fitness studio classes? What running goals are you currently working towards?


Things I’m Loving Lately [Running Edition]

Happy Weekend guys!

I know I don’t normally post on the weekends, but lately my schedule has just been nutzo and I’m just trying to fit blogging in whenever I can, so I thought I would pop in and share a post this weekend, before I hit the road again next week (I’m off to South Carolina this time!).

I’ve been a fan of blogs for a few years now and one type of post that seems to pop up again and again is the “Things I’m Loving Lately” type post. It’s interesting to read about products or just random things that people enjoy. Lately, there have been a bunch of running-related products/media that I feel have really rejuvenated my love for running and I figured I’d share some of these items with you all today in a special running-themed “Things I’m Loving Lately” post.

My new pink Trekz Titanium Aftershokz wireless headphones.

Trekz Titanium Aftershokz Headphones | 2 Generations RunningI received a pair of these as part of my ambassadorship with Bibrave (learn more about becoming a Bibrave Pro here) I’ll be posting a full review of these beauties in the next week, but as a preview – I LOVE THEM. I have always used headphones with wires and never really thought they bothered me, but running with NO cords (the headphones connect to the music on my phone through Bluetooth) has been amazing. Another interesting feature of these headphones is that they actually don’t go into your ears – they rest on the bones right next to your ears and you hear the music through the vibrations created. This allows you to pick up on the ambient noise of your surroundings, which is a huge safety benefit (especially with all the scary stories that have popped up lately about female runners). Stay tuned for my full review later this week!

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Shoe Dog Review, Phil KnightI picked up Shoe Dog while on vacation in Utah because I knew I was going to need something to keep me entertained for the long flight home. It’s a memoir written by the creator of Nike, and it is SO GOOD. It’s easy to think of Nike as this huge symbol of athletics and a billion-dollar brand and to kind of assume they’ve always been that way. It’s been so fascinating to read about all the struggles the business went through when it was just starting out, and it’s really given me a new respect for the brand. It’s so crazy to think about how far they’ve come, especially watching the Olympics and seeing so many of the world’s best athletes sporting Nike gear. I highly recommend this book, and think runners and non-runners alike would enjoy it!

Mystryde Classes

Mystryde Boston | 2 Generations RunningNow that I’m officially signed up for another marathon (eek), I want to make sure I’m putting in the work to have a good result come October 16th. The Mystryde treadmill classes are killer workouts and just what I need. I went to one this past week and got in 6.5 miles of hills, sprints, and hard running. The instructors are fantastic and very knowledgeable about running. I think incorporating these classes into my training plan once a week will be very helpful getting me ready for Baystate.

The new Bibrave Podcast

Bibrave PodcastI love running podcasts, but I tend to listen to them faster than they can be produced. 🙂 That’s why I was so excited to see Bibrave coming out with their own podcast! It’s a great, informal discussion of what’s going on in the running world and despite being only 5 episodes in, it’s quickly become one of my favorite podcasts to listen to.

Hope you all have a good weekend! I’ve got a 15-miler on the agenda for tomorrow so wish me luck! 🙂