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.
Solace CrossFit has been on my radar for a while. A CrossFit box with additional offerings in yoga, sculpting, and conditioning, the studio also has a prolific following on Instagram, with over 14,000 followers. Its social media constantly features happy groups of fitness trainers (or people who look like them) looking incredible while lifting absurdly heavy weights or happily take group photos. For me, this type of content is downright aspirational (and inspirational). So when I had the chance to try out a free class, of course, I jumped on it. Given a number of choices, I went for Body, which looked like it would be a balanced combination of strength and conditioning.