Brick

Workout: Brick is a CrossFit gym located in Chelsea and Grand Central. DO NOT let the "Cross Fit" title discourage you from going here!! When I first heard of this place and saw the words cross fit, I was like no thank you not for me! Eventually, I worked up the courage to go to a B|X class and I am so glad I did. Brick is now one of my favorite gyms in NYC and a part of my weekly workout routine. It offers a really great strength and cardio challenge that I welcome.  Brick offers two classes-B|X  and Bfit, where B|X is a HIIT class BFit is more of a CrossFit class. I prefer B|X, but we all have our personal preferences! B|X classes always include 3 different cardio machines (the True form treadmill, rower, and air bike), as well as various CrossFit moves such as kettlebell swings, dumbbell presses and medicine ball burpees. The set-up is different every week-which i LOVE because I get bored really easily. It's typically EMOM style (every minute on the minute) or 45 seconds on 15 seconds off with 3 different moves at each station- typically a total of 4 stations. 


Instructors: Not only is this a great workout but the instructors and the space are amazing! Katie is one of my favorite instructors at the Chelsea location. She is super sweet and walks you through every single move. She's also great at correcting you if you are in bad form. 


Space:  The space at the Chelsea location is almost comically large for Manhattan. With 2 levels and 3 different studios, a juice bar area and a couch area to lounge, it's safe to say this place has plenty of space. There are also 3 showers so great for a pre-work workout.


Intensity: Hard 

Equinox Bond St

First and foremost let me talk about my gym of choice. Equinox Bondst, which is like a second home to me  (and I pay the rent to prove it) If I don't check in at least 4 times a week, i'm either on vacation or deathly ill. Not only is this Equinox located only 2 doors down from my favorite sushi spot- Bond St but it is also only 3 doors down for the infamous Hadid/Baldwin residency where a cackle of paparazzi can be found at any time of day. Oh and not to mention, every single guy there is at least a 7/10 although the likelihood they are all there for a Grindr meet up is 10/10. I have also gotten many great recommendations from other women in the locker room here. I mean I guess if we are all crazy enough to pay the monthly equinox fee we must all have something in common. Crowd aside- the facility is actually pretty nice and not too overcrowded if you avoid going weeknights 6-9pm and Saturday day, so basically be unemployed or a job where you can "make your own hours" and go around 10:30am or 4pm- when everyone else is at their respective jobs. I'll do a full breakdown of classes/ instructors below.

Intensity: Up to you

Box + Flow

Workout: This hour long class mixes boxing and yoga and I couldn't love the combo more. It's not something you would typically think of together but I'm all for it. The "Highs & Lows" as founder- Olivia Young- refers to it compliment each other in a great way. This class is great if you have a lot of pent up anger/ energy or whatever other shit you have going on in your life and want to whale on a bag for 45 minutes. After your done letting it all out, you move to the yoga portion of the class (the last 15 minutes) and it's pretty relaxing. While it's not traditional boxing as in sparing a partner, you are still hitting a bag for the majority of the class. I honestly haven't sweat that much in a while. The studio itself is small, but they provide gloves and mat and has all the essential stuff. Love this concept, definitely will be going back.


Instructors:  Liv probably has to be my favorite trainer here. She has SOO much energy and her intensity is infectious.I haven't sweat that much in a while. Rich is also amazing, he is super sweet yet knows how to push you. 


Space: The space is small and dark, but has this griddy feel that I love. There is no waiting area, so be sure you don't get there too early. There are also no showers, so make this an after work thing when you can go home to shower! 


Intensity: Hard 

Rumble

If you live in NYC and are a female who has gone to a fitness class before, or follows any VS model, you have probably seen/heard of Rumble. This place has REALLY capitalized on the whole fitness Instagram movement. The founders of this place literally ripped of Barry’s boot camp and replaced the treadmill with punching bags and paid a bunch of models and influencers to pretend like they go here often- fair play. I was soo resilient to try this place, because it has been splashed all over my Insta feed for the past few months, but I finally caved and bought a class. Now I absolutely love boxing, I think it’s a great workout and good way to let go of some of your anger. Before I proceed with this, I will say that I thought this was a boxing class rather it’s a boxing INSPIRED class (great marketing ploy here). So I was a little disappointed to find out I wouldn’t actually be sparing with someone, but I digress…Step into the dark class room that resembles a Barry’s studio room, DJ booth front and center with bags to the left and “floor” to the right the space. This feels more like a Brooklyn warehouse party than a workout class, but hey I’m here for it. You can choose to start on the bags or floor and switch between the 2 twice making for 4 rounds. I opted to start on the bags, the instructor yells at you what to do while the mirror monitors conveniently tell you what to do in case you get lost. Overall I think this was a fun class, but I’ve definitely had harder workouts and I would by no means consider this actual boxing. Also don't suggest going hungover the lights may send you into a downward spiral.

Intensity: Medium

Physique 57

I love barre in general and consider it my go to workout when i'm super hungover. It's a great workout but you're not doing movements that would make you vom up all the tequila from the night prior. Most barre studios are very similar to me, however, Physique 57 is the only one that is different. I am obsessed with this place, it's way way harder than most and has more cardio and “dancing” involved. As someone who trains a lot and does a lot of HIIT and strength, I was skeptical of barre in general at first and thought Physique would be a walk in the park for me, but boy was I wrong. This works muscles you didn’t even think you had. The thigh portions of this class might actually be considered torture, I've been here too many times to count at this point and I can hardly make it through the full thighs and butt portion. If you want to feel like a match has been set off on your legs definitely come here. This place is fun and it’s a really hard workout. Whenever I feel like my butt is getting saggy I come straight here.

Intensity: Hard