In May, neuropathologist turned trainer Jonathan Cruz opened BURN Fitness Studios, a boutique fitness center offering a range of high-intensity interval training classes, from rowing to cycling and beyond. His first client shows up at 6 am—and his day only heats up from there.
4:45 am: Eat breakfast (Cheerios and black coffee), work on business emails and create workouts and playlists for today’s classes and personal training clients.
5:45 am: Open the studio and prepare for my first personal training client. BURN is only four blocks from my home in the South End, so it’s a quick commute.
7 am: Teach Power BURN, a boot camp class that incorporates pyramid interval sets that individually focus on your lower body, core and upper body. During this type of class, I perform the exercises but spend the majority of my time coaching. I BURNed 321 calories in 45 minutes.
8 am: Walk my two dogs and then eat my morning snack (egg whites on whole wheat toast and a banana) while updating our website and social media.
11:45 am: Return to BURN for a V-Flow yoga class taught by one of our coaches. If it isn’t full, I often use this class for my own practice. (On Saturdays, I teach Broga, a yoga class designed specifically for men, but open to all, that combines core-strengthening, muscle-toning, cardio-working, stress-reducing, clarity-enhancing postures with functional fitness exercises.)
1:30 pm: Treat myself to a lunch at Cafe Madeleine: croque monsieur, cafe latte and double chocolate cookie. I love supporting other South End small businesses.
2:30 pm: Train my last clients of the day and prepare the studio for evening classes. In between, I find some time for my own strength-conditioning workout using kettle-bells and bodyweight exercises.
6:15 pm: Teach two more classes. During Bike BURN, I’m able to get a good cardio workout. For Tabata BURN, which utilizes high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to increase athletic performance and boost VO2max and endurance, I spend the majority of my time coaching the class. I BURNed 1138 calories in 90 minutes.
8 pm: Eat dinner (grilled chicken breast with a Sriracha butter sauce, brown rice and string beans, plus fruit parfait for dessert). Then I relax on the couch while watching TV with my husband and two dogs before going to bed, usually around 11 pm.