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!

Fully Loaded viper

Equinox | Fully Loaded

class reviews

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.