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.
Sometimes it seems like a new fitness studio opens in New York every week — or at least every month. In February, Balance.Yoga.Barre, a hot yoga and barre studio hailing from Oklahoma, made its New York City debut. Offering a free first class, this yoga studio has also been spreading the word by providing deals on Groupon and Gilt City. Since I never say no to a free class, I decided to give them a try. While a nice change from my normal Equinox routine, I feel that Balance.Yoga.Barre may still have a few kinks to work out.
Which positions come to mind when you think of vinyasa yoga? Probably a downward dog or a child’s pose, right? Or there’s always my favorite, savasana.
We worked on all of the above positions in my Hot Athletic Yoga class. But this class differentiates itself by introducing exactly the moves you don’t think of when you’re asked about your yoga practice – namely, burpees, push-ups, and mountain climbers. Hot Athletic Yoga is a hybrid conditioning-yoga class; and while you’ll feel the stretch, you’ll also feel the burn.
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!
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!