The Cut is one of Equinox’s signature classes and an absolute favorite of mine. It combines several different styles, including dance cardio and kickboxing, into one 45 minute workout that’s bound to leave you in a sweat.
Grades (1-10, 1 being the worst and 10 being the best)
Quality of workout: 9
The Cut is one of Equinox’s signature classes and an absolute favorite of mine. It combines several different styles, including dance cardio and kickboxing, into one 45 minute workout that’s bound to leave you in a sweat. This is a full body workout. Yes, you will be punching a lot with the weights. But you’ll also be doing plenty of kicks and some core exercises on the mat. It helps to have a sense of rhythm in this class, since the movements are on the beat and fast-paced. I like to go to this class when I’m tired, because the playlist is extremely energizing (I think it’s standardized?) and the moves will definitely pump you up.
Size of class: 7
Because this class is at 9:30 am on a Thursday, well after the weekday morning rush, the class isn’t packed to the brim. It’s definitely full though, so make sure to watch your punches!
Quality of instructor (Eddie Carrington): 8
My first time ever taking The Cut was with Eddie back in January. That time, the class was small (maybe 10 students at most), and I was totally lost. At that time, I definitely felt like I could have used more individual attention. However, that’s the only complaint I have about him. Eddie is really effective at pushing students to the limit while remaining motivational — you might feel like a sad sack for a few seconds for pausing on some crazy version of a weighted dead bug, but you’ll probably be pretty encouraged to get back into it. He was effective at demonstrating form and gave good key pointers that I haven’t necessarily heard from other instructors for the same class, such as keeping your weights near your face. You can tell that he has real boxing experience and is advising from that perspective as well as a fitness one.
Difficulty level: 6
This class is a great full-body workout. Even though you use light weights, you do a lot of punches, and your arms will definitely appreciate the effort. There are a fair amount of modifications available for each move, and the weights are optional if you’re really not up for it.
Studio quality (Equinox East 92nd St.): 10
Equinox East 92nd St. is one of the best locations in Manhattan. The studio is always clean and rarely gets packed like some of the Midtown ones. The class schedule consistently has a good selection, offering a wide range of classes with some of the best instructors in the city.
- Unless you are extremely confident in your upper body strength, don’t use weights heavier than three pounds. Just trust me.
I didn’t even touch those five pounders.
Like Dance Cardio? Check out my 305 Fitness (Can you handle the beat)? review.