Fit 5: Classes For When You Want to Set a PR in Your Next Race

Let’s get crackin’ on letting those minutes or seconds peel off. Stacking your fitness routine with the following types of classes and frequency will have you surpassing your previous accomplishments by race day.


Class Type: Sports Conditioning
Frequency: 2-3 times a week
Why: If it works for professional athletes, it will work for you! Agility drills coupled with strength training allows for quick gains in cardiovascular and muscular strength, allowing you to breeze past your upcoming race PR.

Studio Recommendations:  

Reflex Fitness (Baltimore)
D1 Sports Training (Tampa)
Edge Performance Training (Charlotte)
Fortis & Yogalux – Carlsbad (San Diego Metro)


Class Type: Cycling
Frequency: 1-2 times a week
Why: Building a strong steady state base is key when it comes to race training. Keep your heart rate up for an entire class with a spin class that will have you finding that second wind and learning how to keep it!

Studio Recommendations: 

Revocycle (Portland)
nonameFit (Houston)
SYNCStudio – Downtown Durham (Raleigh Metro)
PureRyde – Bethesda (Washington DC Metro)
Full Psycle (Los Angeles)


Class Type: Strength Training
Frequency: 1-2 times a week
Why: Focusing one to two times a week on moderate to heavy lifting will allow for you to build a solid base in order to have the muscular strength to power through a longer race. Challenge your weight training by taking a class that will focus on your form and pushing you to your PR in strength as well as race time.

Studio Recommendations:  

Cycology Fitness Encinitas (San Diego Metro)
Athletic Lab – Cary (Raleigh Metro)


Class Type: HIIT
Frequency 2-3 times a week
Why: Interval training is a huge part of getting faster. Spiking your heart rate followed by active rest at a lower heart rate builds endurance QUICK.

Studio Recommendations: 
The Bounce Club – Powell (Columbus Metro)
Barry’s Bootcamp (Boston)


Class Type: Reformer Pilates
Frequency: Once a week
Why: Pilates builds muscular strength and focuses on form. This the key to staying injury free and also building the foundation for the strong muscles you need to hit that personal best.

Studio Recommendations: 

Portland Pilates Collective (Portland)
Swell Studio (Nashville)
DFX Pilates (Sacramento)
BodyFi – FiDi (San Francisco)
One Pilates Studio (Denver)

Mandy Gragg is a New York City-based certified personal trainer and an active fashion and beauty blogger. She shares her fitness, fashion, and skincare tips on her blog Haute Unofficial. Follow her sporty adventure on Instagram for more fitness, beauty, and active fashion inspo.