A little late to posting this one, but hey, life happens! Two weeks ago I spent the weekend in Charlotte – check out some of the highlights from my trip below.
9 Round is a leading fitness franchise with over 600 locations across 13 countries that offers a complete full-body workout that is both fast and effective. 9 Round combines cardio and resistance training in a 30 minute format. No class times, just show up and jump in (how easy is that!). There are 9 rounds and a new circuit starts every 3 minutes. Each circuit has it’s own WOD (Workout of the Day) displayed on a whiteboard (don’t worry .. you don’t have to remember it all). Circuits vary from the basics of kickboxing (think punching and kicking) and cardio to resistance training and core work. Overall, I liked the format of this class. The one thing missing I think is the studio vibe. 9 Round looks (and smells) just like you would expect. So don’t go there expecting something trendy like Barry’s Bootcamp.
After 9 Round, I headed to Vibe5 to meet my college friend, Alyssa. She has class pass and this is one of the studios they partner with, which is how we ended up there.
Vibe5 (pronounced “vibes”) is a yoga and fitness studio in Charlotte. They offer a range of classes (like 50+ a week) from yoga (both heated and non-heated) to strength and cardio. We took one of their strength classes – Strong Vibe5. This cross-training class fuses power yoga, weights and strength training for a kick-asana workout. All you need is a yoga mat and they provide the rest. Shoes are optional and a drop in class costs $20 (if you’re a new client you can take advantage of 1 month unlimited for only $35).
We started class with a fast paced yoga sequence and then moved into different muscle groups utilizing various equipment – a light and heavy set of weights, gliding disks, and resistance bands.
After my morning double, we headed to get some post sweat fuel at Living Kitchen.
This organic restaurant is 100% plant-based and has locations in Charlotte, Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Plus the master chefs name is Juliana (bonus points). You can get anything from Acai Bowls (if it’s before 11 – we learned the hard way), cold pressed juices, smoothies, shots & elixers to avocado toast (a classic these days honestly), salads, sandwiches and bowls. They offer gluten-free bread or you can opt for the collard leaf wrap.
I got the Avocado Basil Sandwich (sans bread + collard leaf wrap). Avocado, tomato, red onion, basics, sunflower seed hummus, cashew sour cream, and sprouts. Highly recommend. I also got the Zinger cold pressed juice – beet, apple, orange, lemon and ginger. That was delicious too – don’t be surprised if I recreate it using my juicer soon (hint, hint).
There are still SO many studios, hikes, restaurants, etc. that I can’t wait to try in the Charlotte area. If you have any recommendations let me know because I already have a couple of more trips booked back down South this summer!