If you read my review of Equinox’s True Barre, you’ll know that I’ve finally come around to Barre. Despite how painful the workout can be, it’s difficult to argue with the challenge it poses. Pop Physique, with its beautiful aesthetic and “J’adore barre” t-shirts, became my next stop. Their newly opened Chateau on the Upper East Side conveniently offered a free class this past week to those who signed up, and of course I jumped right on it! What I got was a full hour of a tough, full-body workout that left me exhausted (in a good way) hours later.
Solace NYC is mostly known for its intense Body classes. If you follow any fitness trainers on Instagram, they will probably have at least one photo featuring Solace’s signature oak walls and ring rows. They will probably be hanging from some crazy contraption or doing a backflip over another person or some other feat of physicality that I will never be able to do. However, in addition to these death-defying workouts, Solace has also started offering a biweekly class called the Brave Body Project. They are in-person versions of popular workout videos that can be done with little or no equipment. Although I have never done the videos, I can tell you that if they’re anything like the in-person version, you’ll definitely feel the burn.
One of my New Years resolutions for 2018 was to do more conditioning workouts, such as Barre and Pilates. While Yoga at that point had already been well-integrated to my team, I knew that I was missing the benefits of the isometric movements that Barre and Pilates offer. This was difficult for me. Up to that point, I had hated basically every Pilates and Barre workout I had done (apart from Trilogy Barre). But after a few weeks of attending Pilates Power at Equinox East 85th, I decided that I was ready for the hour-long True Barre experience.
Another week, another new fitness studio. Phorm, offering its own brand of Pilates and Yoga, opened in January near Times Square and Bryant Park. Since it’s only a five-minute walk from my new office, how could I not give it a try? Although Phorm’s space itself was far from my favorite, I got one of the best core conditioning workouts of my life.
A few years ago, I spent a summer in Berlin studying German. I took a four-hour immersion class daily, practicing German speech, reading, and writing with other non-native speakers, mostly southern Europeans. Often, by the end of the day, I was desperate for interaction in English. That’s how I found Bikram Yoga. There was a studio right next to my school, and they offered classes daily in English. My other American friend and I went together, and I began to enjoy extremely hot yoga for reasons beyond easy comprehension of the instructions.
When I came back to New York and joined ClassPass, I continued to attend Bikram Yoga NYC occasionally. Recently, Bikram Yoga NYC has rebranded to become Bode, offering heated Pilates, Vinyasa, and HIIT classes. Since my husband, as a member, has one free guest pass per month, I joined him for Hot HIIT, their class that has received the most buzz. If you didn’t find cardio core conditioning difficult enough, this class will definitely challenge you.