A Week of Functional Training at Equinox

Voted by many blogs as one of the top fitness trends of 2016 and 2017, functional training has been increasing in popularity for a number of years. But what is it, actually? The basic idea is to build overall strength that makes everyday movements easier. These exercises help you learn how to move your body in the day to day in order to minimize pain and injury over time.

As an Equinox member, I have access to many different types of functional training classes, as well as its “cousins” bodyweight training and HIIT. After a few months with my all-access membership in New York City, I was able to develop an effective routine that’s both fun and has helped me get into shape. Since joining Equinox, I’ve lost about 13 pounds and went from 31% to 27% body fat — and I’m still making progress!

Left was taken in July 2015, the right was taken yesterday at my aerial yoga bachelorette party! There’s about a 35 lb. difference between these two pictures, as well as a 10% reduction in body fat.

The diversity of classes that Equinox offers allows for a truly balanced routine. I wanted to lay out what I do in a week and highlight some of my favorite classes. This schedule has worked well for me, allowing an adequate amount of rest time and never getting boring!

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Equinox | Atletica Class Review

At 5:30am, my alarm rang for Atletica. While most classes at Equinox’s midtown locations begin at 7:15, this one starts at 7. Although the subway ride is only an estimate 25 minutes from my apartment to Rockafeller Center, I like to allow extra time when it’s my first time attending a class. I’m happy that I did – it took me ten minutes to find the gym once I arrived at Rockafeller Center.

My own unfortunate sense of direction aside, I was almost dreading Atletica this morning. While the class sounded up my alley, it was also so early in the morning (for me). The options in Midtown also happen to be great, with Whipped at Bryant Park and Tabata at Equinox E. 53rd as highlights. But I was already up — and, in hindsight, I’m very happy that I had set that alarm.

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