Fully Loaded is the perfect class for a Sunday, when you kind of want to stay in bed and then maybe go to brunch. First, there’s absolutely no jumping. Instead, students lunge and bend in various directions with vipers, pushing them up and around, to develop full body strength and mobility. Second, the stretch you feel after this class rivals that of any good yoga class. Even though the moves are painful and feel impossible at time, the way that your body moves at the end of class will keep you coming back.
Fully Loaded Grades
My grading system is from 1-10, with 1 being either the worst and 10 being either the best. For difficulty level, my assessment is subjective. For class size, small is less than 10 students, medium is 10-25, and large is more than 25.
QUALITY OF fully loaded WORKOUT: 9
In my non-expert opinion, Fully Loaded is one of Equinox’s most intelligently designed classes. 45 minutes long, it goes through a series of flows with the viper and occasional sandbags and light weights that build upon each other. The movements are typically based on lunges and twists. However, you’ll go in every direction, including sideways. Although you certainly sweat, this class is basically one giant stretch.
According to the viper is designed to function like a log. You move it with your full body in a number of different directions. The class serves as a complement to running, spinning, and other machine workouts by focusing on lengthening the muscles and improving mobility. While I don’t quite buy the claim that the class actually reverses aging, it does set the tone for a solid week of workouts.
SIZE OF CLASS: large
Fully Loaded doesn’t typically overcrowd. Although it doesn’t require pre-booking, the 10:15 am time slot on a Sunday likely dissuades potential attendees. I would say that the typical size is approximately 25-30 students — enough to fill the room, but sufficiently small so that everyone has space to move.
QUALITY OF INSTRUCTOR (carolann valentino): 8
As mentioned above, I don’t quite buy the anti-aging claims of this class. However, Carolann is a great, motivational instructor. She notices who’s new in the class and provides consistent encouragement and help with form. She understands the importance of performing the exercises correctly and really pays attention to everyone in the class.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: easy
This class isn’t actually easy, but the barrier to entry is relatively low. The heaviest weights we’ve used in class have been five pounds, and the vipers are also pretty manageable (once you get used to them). This class will really show you where you’re weak though — even seasoned athletes will hit some walls here.
STUDIO QUALITY: 10
Check out my review of Equinox E. 92nd here.
- If you’re a beginner, start with the purple viper.