Wine may not be the first drink you consider post-work out. However, that may change with Uplift’s Raise The Bar class every Wednesday night at 6:30 PM in New York’s Flatiron District. For $40 a pop, you’ll get sweaty during the 45 minute class filled with Zumba-like dance moves to songs like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Pink’s “Raise Your Glass.” But take heed, those who are more introverted might find that shaking your butt while it hovers only a few inches above the ground in a squat-like position and freestyle dance intervals a little intimidating.
Now if you think the class seems costly, here’s where the price factors in. Immediately after the last stretch sequence, everyone is led to the nearby bar counter and offered a lavish spread of healthy eats like quinoa with roasted veggies and lentil walnut pate dip to complement your choice of red or white wine. The “open bar” portion of the evening lasts for an hour and each pour approximates to half a cup of wine at a restaurant.
If the class seems like a bad idea, don’t fret. Nutritionist Jared Koch says that although it’s best not to consume alcohol right after a workout, one glass of wine after a sweaty session doesn’t hurt. “You’ll serve your body best if you focus on hydrating with water first and eating quality protein and high fiber vegetables, whether or not you choose to drink,” he says. And while I felt like I consumed more calories than I actually burned during the class, I did leave feeling euphoric with a few more dance tricks up my sleeve.
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