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Fitness Review: Power Play

Details: 555 8th Ave, Rm 902, New York, NY 10018 – (212) 564-0500 – revinmo.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 4/5
Overall class: 3/5

I had no idea what to expect when I signed up for this class, and this was not it! The class was mostly stretching, balance, and abs. I was pretty sore from previous work out classes when I came in so this was exactly what I needed. Loved the use of the yoga balls and weights but the balance boards were crazy difficult. I wasn’t 100% sure I was doing everything right but when I was, I felt it.

Would I recommend to a friend? Depends what you’re looking for…

Fitness Review: Core RxN

Details: 33 W End Ave, New York, NY 10023 – (212) 561-5435 – pedalnyc.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 5/5
Overall class: 4/5

First things first… if you plan to take a class at this studio, make sure you give yourself PLENTY of time to find the place. The address is super confusing and the studio is hidden behind a bunch of stores and a huge building. It was only by miracle and walking into 2 wrong buildings that I was able to find it!

As for the class, it was a lot of fun and very intense. The studio is known for spinning but I tool a core class that seemed more total body to me. You used the TRX, sand weights, kettle bells, and more. The teacher was super fun and motivating and really gave good moderations for people who were new. I had a lot of fun and felt incredibly sore the next couple days!

Would I recommend to a friend? Yes

Fitness Review: Boxing

Details: 47 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011 – (646) 684-4912 – bodyspacefitness.com

Studio: 5/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 4/5
Overall class: 4/5

Holy crap, this studio was gorgeous. You ride up this dinky elevator only to be brought to this gorgeous studio. Body Space Fitness has everything. There were treadmills, spin bikes, rowing machines, ropes, TRX, sleds, and more. I was very impressed.

I was there for boxing and the class was very small – just me and two others. It was essentially a private lesson but he worked us hard. I mentioned that I had taking a kick boxing class once before and the teacher took that to mean I knew what I was doing… I did not. Even though he didn’t explain everything as much as I would have liked, I still worked my ass off and got an incredible workout.

You can tell that Body Space Fitness is a place for everyone. While my class was filled with beginners, another class was going on nearby called “Training for Warriors” which made CrossFit look like a walk in the park. You should definitely check this place out.

Would I recommend to a friend? Yes

Fitness Review: Muay Thai Kickboxing

Details: 500 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018 – (646) 450-8966 – fitnessfightcamp.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 5/5
Overall class: 5/5

I absolutely loved this class. Slightly hard to find (there’s an elevator, and stairs, and more stairs… I was confused) but once there it was a blast. As a newbie who has never taken a kickboxing class before I was basically given a private lesson. Laurel, the teacher, walked me through every step of the process from including how to use the equipment and how to do the moves. By the end, I was sweating and had let off a lot of steam. It was an excellent workout and it was a lot of fun!

Would I recommend to a friend? 100%

Fitness Review: Slip n Slide Workout

Details: Revolution in Motion, 555 8th Ave, Rm 902, New York, NY 10018  (212) 564-0500 revinmo.com

Studio: 3.5/5
Timeliness: 3/5
Instructor: 4.5/5
Overall ClasS: 4/5

I was really nervous for this class because I had no idea what to expect. Basically, the workout is done on this ice-like mat. There are barriers so you don’t fall off and special slips to wear over your sneakers to help you glide.

The class was small – there was no more than 7 of us. The instructor knew it was my first time and walked me through everything. I love getting individual attention to make sure my form is right. Which, even with his guidance, I wasn’t sure it was. The class was HARD. It was using muscles I wasn’t used to working. The class focused on legs and core, and when I woke up this morning I was sore from my neck down to my lower abs.

This class reminded me a bit of Pure Barre, because it’s one of those classes you will not perfect every move in the first class…or even in the first week of classes. 

Would I recommend to a friend? Sure, but I’d warn them not to get frustrated when they couldn’t do all the moves!

Originally posted on Just Donk It.

Fitness Review: Pilates

Details: 43 W 46th St, Fl 3, New York, NY 10036 – (212) 302-5651 – your-movement.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 3/5
Overall class: 3/5

This class was not meant for beginners. It was supposed to be, but it wasn’t. Part of the problem was the class was filled with regulars. It was clear from the moment I walked in that I was the odd man out. It appears that all the students come every week (and may even work at the same office?). As a new person I was hoping to get acclimated to the class, meet the teacher, get an intro, but no. 

Instead I was positioned in the back of the studio. Yes, I chose the spot but had I have known that I couldn’t see the teacher or hear anything over the music (which was right next to me) I would have probably chosen a different spot. 

The class itself wasn’t awful. It was a typical pilates class mostly done on your back. The class was only 45 minutes, which went by very fast, but the moves themselves were hard. I wasn’t sweating but my muscles were shaking.

Would I recommend to a friend? Skip this one.

Fitness Review: Core Synergy Conditioning

Details: 434 Avenue of the Americas, Fl 5, New York, NY 10011 – (888) 825-3531 – joffreyballetschool.com

Studio: 3/5
Timeliness: 3/5
Instructors: 4.5/5
Overall class: 4.5/5

This was an excellent total body workout. It started with abs and focusing on core in a very pilates-style warm up. There was some strength building in there as well with burpees and push-ups regularly sprinkled in. It even had some cardio where we were literally running around the studio. Finally, it ended with some much needed stretching at the barre.

I loved the pace of the class and the moves. Sadly, the timing messed it up a bit. We started the class late and as a result we didn’t get to do all the combinations the teacher intended. Not only that but when I looked at the clock I realized that the class had ended early. Maybe if this class started on time (and ended on time) we could have done the entire class.

Would I recommend to a friend? Yes.

Fitness Review: DMF

Details: 305 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018 – (917) 755-2383 – dmfnyc.com

Studio: 3.5/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 5/5
Overall class: 4.5/5

If you love Zumba, DMF is a class for you. The instructors were full of energy and made you want to WORK. Songs ranged from top 40, to broadway, disco and hip hop. Besides being a beast cardio workout,DMF focuses on your abs…

DMF BABY!

Fitness Review: Ishta Yoga

Details: 56 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003 – (212) 598-4800 – ishtayoga.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructor: 4/5
Overall Class: 4/5

I really enjoyed my Open Flow class at Ishta Yoga. Located right near the Union Square subway stop, I found the class to be different from the many other yoga classes I’ve tried in the past. It was a mix of poses and vinyasa, focused on opening the chest, muscles, and mind.

The room was perfectly lit and quiet. They provided all the necessary equipment including blocks, straps, and a blanket. I felt immediately comfortable as soon as I entered as the instructor asked my name and if I had any injuries. Class started exactly on time and ended a few minutes past the hour. 

Throughout the class I didn’t feel pressured to keep up or do something my body couldn’t physically do. Everyone in the class was at different levels and the instructor respected that, which I appreciated. She came around and adjusted each student as need be, without being pushy or judgmental and encouraged the class the whole way through. I especially liked when the instructor asked us to visualize shapes and colors to help focus on alignment and openness. Class ended with meditation and I left the class feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Would I recommend to a friend? Absolutely.