Check out part 1 here!
I was hesitant to renew my ClassPass membership for the month of July because I knew I wouldn’t have as much free time as I did in June. I H.A.T.E. wasting money (especially when it’s my own) so I decided if I renewed my membership I would use it as much as possible. So far, so good. Along with going back to my some of favorite studios, I’ve been to a few new ones since my first recap.
Flywheel (7 locations in Manhattan)
“Flywheel is equipped with technology that sets a new standard for indoor cycling.”
This beat SoulCycle for me. In many ways the studios are identical (price, free towels, water) but I liked the workout at Flywheel better. There was a monitor on every bike that showed your torq (resistance), RPM (revolutions per minute), current power and cumulative power. These bikes didn’t show distance but maybe some studios have those?
At the beginning of class you have the option to appear on the “TorqBoard” and have your stats listed on the screen above the instructor. I didn’t make an account in time so my info wasn’t listed, but neither was everyone’s in the class. The screen is not on the entire class so there’s some competitive aspect but it’s not as “in your face” as Orange Theory.
For every song the instructor will call out a range (usually 5 points) for where your stats should be. It keeps you accountable but still provides some leeway for different levels. Similar to SoulCycle we used light weights for one song, but they didn’t do much for me other than provide some distraction from my legs working. I will say that I liked SoulCycle’s music better. I ended with a 269 overall power for my first Fly 45 class.
24-Hour Fitness (3 locations in Manhattan)
I went specifically for BODYPUMP! I haven’t been to BODYPUMP in almost a year and was so excited to fit this one in. This gym was pretty standard. No real amenities other than a bunch of classes and equipment. It ended up being BODYPUMP Express and CX Works (the core-focused class) but it was still great.
FIT RxN (Columbus Circle + Hoboken)
“Offering both spin and strength classes, this studio will keep you motivated and engaged. Classes increase endurance, build essential core strength and improve flexibility.”
I took the TRX Cardio Mash Up class which, like the name states, was 45 minutes of cardio and TRX moves. I always seem to have a good workout with TRX straps so I was happy this class incorporated them. I actually wish we used them more! After a warm-up of jumping jacks, outdoor sprints and burpees (seriously burpees are haunting me this summer) we started circuit work.
1 minute TRX rows
1 minute TRX plank (holding arm band, feet on ground)
30 seconds TRX lunge (R)
30 seconds TRX lunge (L)
30 seconds squat with a sandbag throw to ground
1 minute TRX mountain climbers (feet in straps)
1 minute on rowing machine
1 minute alternating lunges w/ 20 lb kettlebell
The downside of this studio: no air conditioning. It was a small, stuffy room. Luckily there were only three of us taking the class. Other than that it was a great workout and my butt worked hard ;)
SLT NYC (4 locations in Manhattan)
**This is NOT on ClassPass**
“Fifty minutes of heart-pumping, muscle quivering and total body strengthening, lengthening and toning in an inspiring, small-group setting (no more than 12 people per class). SLT offers a total-body program that ties together cardio, strength training and pilates.”
I paid out-of-pocket ($20) for a first time drop-in session. I read about SLT, which stands for Strengthen, Lengthen and Tone, in Well + Good so I wanted to try it for myself. Oh and I saw that Chrissy Teigen liked this class so I obviously had to go. FYI: After the first class, drop-in sessions are $40. There’s a 99% chance I won’t be going back.
I went to a few Megaformer classes in Tampa earlier this year and the workout at SLT is almost identical. The Megaformer is deceivingly hard and I had to take breaks during the class, particularly on the oblique movements. The class is full of small, concentrated moves that burn like crazy and have weird names (scrambled eggs, bear, plank teaser, mermaid twist). It hurt to walk the next day…not kidding. If it wasn’t for the price I would go back, but I’ll stick with ClassPass for the rest of my time here. I said this about the Megaformer after taking the class last March, but I still don’t consider it a cardio workout as I barely got my heart rate up. But I do hurt for a few days after. The good hurt.
If you made it to the end of this long-wordy post, congrats! Because I only have two weeks left in NYC (crazy) and I’m going away for one weekend this will probably be my last ClassPass post. I know you’ll miss them.
Enjoy your Friday and your weekend!