I died last week, not literally but fitness wise, I died. My friend has me trying out different workouts and is on a mission to try to see how long she can have my sore muscles stay sore, what are friends for aye? So back to last week, we did three 45 minute long workouts courtesy of GuavaPass at the Lulumon showroom at Sanlitun Taikooli North. The workouts were Barre by ECOHAS studio, Curves by Living Bigg, and Zumba by B Active.
This journey of three workout sessions kicked off with barre that focused on cardio and abs. The cardio workout had us sweating it out within minutes due to the high intensity and forgetting the winter cold outside. The exercises are designed for professional ballet dancers, therefore we did a lot of fluid dance movements on our toes. After the final stretch, the lads from Living Bigg designed the curves workout to focus on the toning the thighs, abs, and arms. This was an easy way to start off but got harder as you went along due the added repetitions as you moved from section to section. The last workout was Zumba and that felt like a cool down after the curves workout at Living Bigg. During Zumba we danced to tunes from Cuba, which added a nice touch to the end of our workout. We still did sweat and try to remember the steps as the instructor showed us but the main point was to always keep moving. Learning the Zumba steps will take time and each instructor will have their own personal preference for music. This three-session exercise sampler was a great introduction to GuavaPass.
GuavaPass was launched this past September in Beijing but has been in other cities in China, Asia, and the Middle East. The company partners with gyms around the city so that you can choose available class options without committing to a single gym. You sign up for the options they have and pay that rate. The other good thing is that if you can use the pass in the other cities even suspend your account then resume when you are ready or back from traveling. In Beijing, GuavaPass partners with B Active, Glo Kitchen + Crossfit, Living Bigg, Fight Fusion, and others.
The one drawback is that you can’t see the entire list of gyms available unless you register for an account and pay for a subscription of over RMB 1,000. This did make me a little jittery and if you are like me and want to see the list before committing then get in touch with them via their official WeChat account: GuavaPass or email firstname.lastname@example.org.