TBF Nerd Returns With a New Format

TBF Nerd is back with a month long series of trivia inspired workouts – this time with a revamped format! It starts Monday, October 2 and will run every Monday for 4 weeks. Here are the details...

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  • Each week will consist of a different theme of throwback pop culture knowledge – TV, Music, Movies, and Grab Bag
  • Workouts will be held during Recess on all Monday classes; sign up for a class titled 'TBF Nerd'
  • Events will be partner-based and you may choose anyone in your class, male or female, regardless of whether or not they are participating in the contest. You can have different partners each week
  • After each week, you will be ranked by amongst all participants
  • No sign-up or entry fees required; anyone signed up for a class on the schedule called 'TBF Nerd' will be included

We'll have one grand prize winner that will be awarded a $50 Amazon gift card and a $50 credit to be used for Throwback classes. Second place will receive a pocket protector and all other participants will get an atomic wedgie. 

FAQ
Q: Is this still a workout?
A: Of course!

Q: I don't consider myself a nerd. Is this contest for me?
A: Yes.

Q: What if I cannot make one or two of the workouts?
A: We'll be running TBF Nerd workouts on Mondays initially, so hopefully you can find a time that works for you.  But if not, TBF Nerd lasts several weeks so there is still a good chance you can place well even if you cannot attend every class.  If there’s enough interest, we may decide to include a make-up day.

Q: Can I attend multiple TBF Nerd classes and take my best performance for the day?
A: No.

Major League Recess 2017

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It's that time of year again for our spring contest, Major League Recess, which starts next week!

Major League Recess (MLR) will feature a month long series of weekly physical and mental challenges. Think Nickelodeon's Guts meets MTV's The Challenge. It starts Thursday May 25 and runs through June 15. Here are the details: 

  • MLR challenges will not be revealed in advance and will include some Recess games you haven't seen before
  • Challenges will be both physical AND mental
  • MLR will run during Recess on all Thursday classes; sign up for a class titled 'Major League Recess'
  • Events will be individual or partner-based; for partner events, you can partner with anyone in your class regardless of whether or not they are participating in the contest
  • After every Thursday, you will be ranked according to where you place among ALL MLR participants that day
  • The overall winner will be the individual with the highest average rank over the 4 weeks
  • No advanced registration required; anyone signed up for a class labeled 'Major League Recess' on the schedule will be included

We'll have one grand prize winner that will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card and a $50 credit to be applied to Throwback classes. Second place gets a Gatorade bath and a one-week supply of Big League Chew.

FAQ
Q: Is this like TBF All-Star or Sweet 16 where strong rowers have an advantage?
A: No, Major League Recess will include minimal rowing.  More importantly, thoughtful contestants will have an advantage.

Q: I'm not that smart. Is Major League Recess for me?
A: You can probably find something more your speed.  Maybe go buy a fidget spinner instead.

Q: What if I cannot make one or two of the workouts?
A: We'll be running Major League Recess workouts on Thursdays initially, so hopefully you can find a time that works for you.  But if not, MLR lasts several weeks so there is still a good chance you can rack up enough points to win.  If we need to expand, we may include a Wednesday or Friday MLR workout.

Q: Can I attend multiple MLR classes and take my best performance for the day?
A: No.

Q: Why advanced MLR contest registration?
A: This is to ensure any potential contestants don't act like jabronis and refuse to sign up because they're worried they'll miss a workout or two.  As long as you make it to class, you'll be ranked in the competition.

April TBFer of the Month: Lucas DeForest

Meet Lucas, our TBFer of the Month for April. He splashed onto the scene with a second place finish in our TBF Sweet 16 tournament, but not as a total surprise. He’s been dominating coach workouts for the past two months, not to mention our last few Throwback parties with his slick dance moves. When he hacks the music, it WILL be all Spice Girls and Lady Gaga. You’ve been warned. 

Say hello and congrats to Lucas when you see him around the studio! 

Lucas
  • Name: Lucas DeForest
  • Hometown: North Attleboro, MA
  • University: University of Pennsylvania
  • Favorite Exercise: Box Jumps
  • Favorite Throwback Recess Game: TBF Corn Hole
  • Favorite Movie from Childhood: The only three movies my brother and I would rent from Blockbuster - Spaceballs, Airplane, and Bluestreak (honorable mention: Spiceworld)
  • Favorite Throwback Jam: 'Wannabe' - Spice Girls (what else??)

1. What inspired you to want to make a change in your exercise habits?

I was doing Classpass and nothing was really drawing me in - until I came to Throwback and ran out of my allotted three classes the first week of every month. I love the balance of competition and camaraderie that I get every time I come - plus I get to make up for how terrible I was at all the Recess games when I was younger (except for Dodgeball which I'm still terrible at). 

2. What changes (in your body and fitness level) have you noticed most since starting Throwback / your new exercise routine?

My rowing ability has definitely been the biggest change, along with the endurance that comes with it. When I started at Throwback I was more of a runner/spinning person and didn't know which end of an erg was up. Now I'm doing the rower in my spare time!

3. If you could share one diet tip, what would it be?

Everything in moderation - including moderation. Set realistic limits and don't be hard on yourself if you're not perfect - it's ok to go for cake on your birthday (or a celebrity's birthday, or to celebrate the anniversary of a release of a Spice Girls song). 

4. You can't be perfect with the diet all the time... What is your favorite cheat food? 

I have an intense sweet tooth, so anything that will give me a mouth full of cavities. Preferably a pint of Ben and Jerry's. 

5. What do you enjoy most about Throwback?

It's hard to pick one thing, but probably the Recess game every time. It feels like a reward for getting through Phys Ed even though I'm still actually working out. Especially if it's a game I like and we win!

6. Any workout ideas, contests or events you'd like to see incorporated? (serious or humorous)?

Well trivia is my jam, so the more types of that the better (I'm still waiting for Mean Girls trivia). Beyond that, maybe TBF Jenga - but the pieces have exercises on them, and if the tower topples you do double!