This is where I’ll summarize my class experiences for my 2017 New Year’s Resolution to try every class at my gym, The Equinox.
January 13th, Firestarter: This cardio intense class used a step to do different exercise sequences in pyramid intervals. A lot of jumping, definitely a lot of sweating, definitely an elevated heart-rate throughout the half hour. My Full Review
January 16th, True Barre: I left class feeling like I had worked a lot of different muscle groups in isolation. Felt closer to pilates than ballet, almost no resemblance to a traditional ballet barre routine. Focused more on strength training than flexibility or cardio. Good diversity of age in class participants. My Full Review
January 18th, Best Butt Ever: We used weights, a resistance band around the thighs, a step and gliders. I seriously enjoyed this class. The diversity of exercises was fun, and the instructor played great techno music perfectly matched to the sequences we were doing. Class was more strength than cardio, but there’s still jumping jacks and some fast cardio sequences. Go because it’s fun, not because you want to look a certain way. My Full Review
January 24th, The Pursuit: Indoor cycling class with a twist. What makes The Pursuit different from other indoor cycling classes is that they display your individual or team stats on the wall for different games while you’re riding. Your individual stats will be displayed by bike number for some of the games, and there’s a leader board at the end of each segment. After the class, the full leaderboard is available online with your username and photo if you supplied one. A motivating and fun experience that gets you to push hard for some longer intervals (most of the games were 9-10 minutes long.) My Full Review
February 3rd, Pilates Fusion: A great all-in-one fitness class that combines light strength work with a little cardio and numerous flexibility and range of movement exercises. A wonderful anti-aging class; gentle and effective. The first part of the class was some cardio and then a weight routine using light weights. Similar feel to an aerobics class. Second part of the class was more traditional pilates mat work. My Full Review
February 17th, Pure Strength: 100% strength workout. There were four stations in the room and each station had a mat for floor work and some sort of weight exercise. We partnered up and rotated through stations together. One partner would do the weight exercise while the other one did mat work, and then we would switch after 2-8 reps of the weights. My Full Review.
February 18th, Studio Cycling: Classic studio cycling. Some intervals, a few longer efforts, good music. Like any indoor cycling class I’ve taken, a lot depends on the instructor. Finding an instructor you enjoy who plays music you like is key! My Full Review