Ropes and Rowers was one of the first classes that I regularly took at Equinox. Like many Equinox studio classes, it’s a circuit training workout with four separate stations that can house a maximum of six people each.
My grading system is from 1-10, with 1 being either the worst or the least of whatever category is being judged and 10 being either the best or the most.
quality of workout: 7
Ropes & Rowers was one of the first classes that I regularly took at Equinox. Like many Equinox studio classes, it’s a circuit training workout with four separate stations that can house a maximum of six people each.
This class uses a lot of different equipment, but what each session has in common is that station #2 features the ropes and station #4 features the rowing machine (hence, Ropes & Rowers). Station #1 is typically a series of mobility/strength movements. Station #3 is typically a series of 10 reps of 3 different strength movements for as many rounds as possible.
The class is split into two parts (after the warm-up). With a partner, in the first section, you go through each station for four minutes each, while the second is three minutes each.
- Four different movements, alternating between strength and mobility, each for one minute. Today, the workout used resistance bands. We did jumping jacks with the band around our ankles, rainbows with the band around our wrists, squat thrusts with the band around our ankles, and rows with the band around our wrists.
- The ropes are held by two 45 lb. plates. One teammate slams the ropes 10 times in whatever way he/she wants, while the other teammate stands on the plates. After the rope slams, the slammer pulls the sled towards him/her and then pushes it back. They then switch places.
- This station consists of three moves, ten reps of each, as many rounds as possible. Today, we did a sandbell slam and curtsy lunge, push-ups with a sandbell flip, and an ab exercises where you sat in tabletop with the sandbell balanced on your legs and basically did crunches.
- Rowing for 4 min. straight. The best man and best woman are congratulated after class.
After a two minute break, the second round is shorter, with each station only being three minutes. The first station cuts out the fourth exercise, the second and third stay the same, and the fourth becomes a relay. One teammate rows 150m while the other waits, and then they switch.
I generally get a good workout during this class, but I do wish it were longer. The 45 min never feels like quite enough, especially since there’s a substantial amount of dead time spent explaining each station.
size of class: medium
This class is capped at 24 students and usually gets around 16-20. It’s a good size — everyone is typically able to partner up, and there’s enough spirit in the room to make it fun.
quality of instructor (marcus jackson): 9
Marcus is an extremely caring and capable instructor. He pays close attention to form and helps students individually as he sees fit. He is always careful to explain each workout thoroughly to newcomers in particular.
Difficulty Level: medium
If you push yourself, you’ll get a good workout in this class. However, it’s one of those classes where you can choose how hard you’ll take it. There’s also a fair amount of downtime, so you likely won’t get overly breathless unless you intentionally try.
studio quality: 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.
- This workout doesn’t involve a lot of jumping, so it’s great if you’re looking for something low-impact that will make you sweat.
- Make friends! You’ll need a partner for the entire class.
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