One of my favorite things is trying new workout classes.
One of my least favorite things is paying a boat load of money for said workout classes. Let’s be real, those things aren’t cheap.
Enter: ClassPass. I should mention, I’m not affiliated with or sponsored by ClassPass (that would be cool), I’ve just had a really good experience it with it in NYC. For $99 a month I have access to all affiliated studios in the city and can take three classes at each studio per month.
What I love most is the variety of classes. Spinning, yoga, barre, running, strength training, Pilates, kickboxing, etc. The sign-up is super easy and you can search and register for classes online or through the app. You’ll get an email confirmation telling you when and where to arrive as well as a list of the studio amenities (water, towel service, juice bar, etc.).
I’ve heard that the ClassPass options are not as extensive in other cities, but I can’t speak on that. However, I can see how it may not be the most sensible option if you have one favorite studio or prefer to workout only in a particular area. It’s good for me this summer because I’m here short-term and my goal is to explore.
Here’s where I’ve been so far…
Drill Fitness (TriBeCa) “New York’s indoor cycling studio and boot camp training center.”
I went to the “30:30” class which was about 30 minutes of spinning followed by about 30 minutes of HIIT (it ended up being about 25 minutes of each). The best way to describe this is Orange Theory with spin bikes instead of treadmills. You wear a heart rate monitor and work to reach a certain zone. The “goal” zone is ironically orange-colored. It wasn’t the hardest workout I’ve ever done but that doesn’t discount it.
Moving Strength (UWS) “Moving Strength combines the most effective techniques offered by Pilates, yoga, weight training, Physio-balls, tubing and other modalities to provide the ideal workout for your body.”
I took a 1 hour “power” yoga class, although I’d argue that it was a more basic/vinyasa class. Still, I enjoyed it and the instructor gave great assists, which I always appreciate. I was able to use their mat as I didn’t bring one up north with me. The studio was so small and cozy.
TrampoLEAN (Garment District) “Based on a premium ﬁtness trampoline, trampoLEAN blends cardio endurance, muscular toning and high intensity training.”
I didn’t expect much from this class other than a good time (which it was), but I ended up breaking a little sweat. I went to a 50 minute “Total Body” class. Every person has their own trampoline with resistance bands tied around the bottom. We used the bands for donkey kicks, upright rows and seated overhead presses. While jumping you are supposed to focus on pushing down on the trampoline rather than jumping super high. You want to press down with force and drive your knees up (it makes sense and feels harder when doing it). During the class we did a variety of jumps with added kicks, arm movements and twists. It was actually fun, and I’m not just saying that. It brought me back to my gymnastics days.
Pushlab Fitness (UES) “Brief high intensity workouts that target muscle, build strength, cardiovascular endurance and make you lean & defined.”
I went to the 45 minute Upper Body & Core class. After the warm-up we did 3 different circuits (3 moves in each, 2 times through each circuit). We used TRX, kettlebells, medicine balls and body weight. As seems typical in the city, this studio was super small and packed to the brim with equipment. My favorite love-to-hate move was a TRX plank with knee tucks. I liked that it was 45 minutes…shorter but effective.
EVF Performance (Columbus Circle) “High-intensity classes that combine the most effective aspects of cardio and strength training at this beloved studio.”
This was the hardest class I’ve done since I’ve been here. I haven’t done consistent strength training in a while (or ever) and this did me in. There were so many things I loved about this studio: the vibe, the instructor, the workout and the facility. We started the class by going around and introducing ourselves and answering the “question of the day” which was “what was the last goal you accomplished.” Then we warmed up and started the workout: 5 circuits, 6 minutes each with a 2 min break in between. As many rounds as possible during those 6 min. (I remember most of the circuits and will share in my recap Sunday). The 6 minutes of burpees and stair climbs was the hardest. I plan to bring my mom to a class when she visits, you know, so she can join in the torture :)
I will probably cancel my membership for July because I won’t have as much free time as I’ve had in June, especially since I had the whole first week of June to wander the city. I will keep you posted because I’m sure you’re dying to know what I decide.