Megan Roup’s The Sculpt Society just launched at Equinox this August, but it’s actually been around for a few months. The first class to be produced wide-scale out of Project by Equinox, it provides a mix of dance cardio and Jane Fonda-esque sculpting (including the ankle weights!) for a full body burn. Seriously, though — I felt this one everywhere.
Equinox’s signature classes tend to have a few features in common. They always offer a solid workout that offers a similar but distinct difference to boutique studios. For example, The Muse is kind of a play on a dance class, but with weights and routines that even klutzes like me can follow. And the sessions tend to include some type of mobility training in addition to strength and cardio. True Athlete is no exception. Released in May 2018, the class uses RMT® clubs (essentially giant maracas) and bosu balls to challenge students’ stability and flexibility while breaking out a sweat.
As a teenager, I hated to run. Although I spent a lot of time on the treadmill trying to walk the pounds away, I never went faster than 4.5 miles per hour. If, for some reason, I was forced to move faster, I became convinced that I had a heart problem as I got out of breath. Never did I consider that I might just be out of shape. So deciding to try Precision Running over a year ago was challenging for me. Yes, I had made a lot of progress with weight training. And I could do 200 burpees in a row. But would I be able to run a mile without stopping? The answer was yes — and, for a while, I was hooked on Precision Running.
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.
Project by Equinox has had a lot of buzz since it opened last year. Known as a “think tank for fitness,” Project has instructors audition for a teaching spot and demonstrate that they have the entrepreneurial and training chops to execute their ideas. The current roster offers a variety of dance-based, cardio, strength, and yoga classes. Adam Sanford’s The Climb falls into the HIIT/strength category and left me wishing I could make it one of my regulars.