Ruckers and Lightning – Plus The Weekly Recap

Rucking is so last month, but it was such a popular series that we’ve decided to make it a permanent addition to The Rise’s evening repertoire. And last Tuesday we held our first Rise-style rucking workout! We took our weighted backpacks and used them to add an extra dimension to our squats and flutterkicks, and unlocked a new exercise for The Rise – bicep curls! (sorry we didn’t capture any curls on camera).

There were thunderbolts and lightning (very very frightening me), but we were spared the heavy rain and got through our workout unscathed!

Afterwards we headed to Loreley Beer Garden for some drinks and good eats.

I know, I’m getting ahead of myself…I’m already jumping into the weekly recap! You can find all of last week’s photos here. Below is a summary of all the morning workouts we did, Monday through Friday!

(P.S., last month’s challenge was rucking, but this month’s challenge is flutterkicks – 50 a day, Monday through Friday. Get on it!)

Monday – HIIT

A few weeks back we did a “low to high” workout – where the exercises start low to the ground and eventually bring us to our feet. This time we made it high to low! This set us up for a flutterkick finale for our challenge this month (read about it here!)

It was a HUMID morning. There’s nothing more satisfying than being completely drenched in sweat by 7 AM!

Tuesday – Brooklyn Body Circuit

This morning’s workout was hot and humid – as usual – but we love pointing that out every chance we get!

Vince gave us all the ingredients to sweat out everything we got in just 30 minutes: a ladder of exercises, 2 minutes at a time; benchwork with a partner; and a final sprint segment – also with a partner! Oh, and we started off with a warmup lap around the fountain (anyone remember the “Jog With Jo” from BK Body Circuit’s early days?)

We’re out here every Tuesday at Grand Army Plaza – 6:30 AM!

Tuesday – Queens Warriors

Tuesday’s workout was a combination of cardio, strength training, fun, high fives, two Birthdays (Jessica and Lori), lots of whipped cream, happy faces and big smiles!

All that packed into 30 minutes?? Yes.

Join us next time! We’re out here every Tuesday.

Wednesday – Core Body Boot Camp

It was a sweaty one this week! For international cat day we channeled our cat like reflexes by getting down to the floor and jumping up to the sky during exercises.

We added in some deck of cards work and finished off with the daily flutter-kick challenge.

Faces new and old are always popping up on Wednesdays. We want to see yours. Join us next time!

Thursday – Kings of Queens

Is it rain or is it sweat?! Thursday morning was fueled by high fives and high volume push-ups, because who doesn’t love a great arm pump at 6:30AM!!

Thank you to everyone who came out to sweat with us, and to our newest Riser, Eric, who came out for the first time!

Go Eric!

Friday – Hills

The bridge crew posted some tough obstacles on the Willy B (obstacles of the mind, of course – they were written on post-it notes)

Cheers to new Friday Risers, Elliott and UK Rob. Safe travels, Rob! (he’ll be back though – he can’t get enough of our rucks!)

One last thing

A little checklist before you move on with your day:

  • All our workouts are listed here.
  • Make sure to like The Rise’s Facebook page, and join the NYC Facebook group where all the social activities happen!
  • Follow us on Instagram and Twitter.
  • Subscribe to our mailing list here.
  • Bring a friend. Heck, bring ten friends! We love social media, but nothing gets the job done like classic word of mouth.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!


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