These days, when it comes to fitness, there’s nothing that you can’t do in NYC. Spin class in a pool? There’s a studio for that. Jumping on trampolines for the sake of a better bod? That’s a thing. I’m not saying I roll my eyes at these extreme studios, but there’s something about a straightforward sculpting or conditioning class that never gets old. It’s a guaranteed challenge and will target all of your muscles in a concentrated way.
For me, it’s sadly been a long time since I’ve received a property training — I’ve been on my spin and reformer game as of late. When PROJECT By Equinox approached me to give their studio a shot, I must admit, I was a little scared but I knew my body was both in desperate need of it and was in for a good ass-kicking. As my editor, Raven, has broken it down in this post, PROJECT by Equinox is the place to get a quality trainer experience without the trainer prices. Enter a class of about 20 max, get your ass kicked, go home, be sore for days. This is what happened to me, but in the best way possible.
The space itself is chic and modern… exactly what you’d expect from the Equinox brand. It’s also tech-savvy and playful with multi-colored lights and an advanced video station. With hardwood floors, full-body mirrors, and a closet full of equipment, your body will thank you (and curse you) for working out in this space. As for the class, well, let’s just say I’ve felt pain in places I didn’t know existed.
Patrick’s McGrath’s Sculpt and Strength was an intense personal training session in a group setting. We worked all elements of the body, from arms to core to legs. I was the least advanced — it was not a place for beginners, and since I haven’t done weight training in a while, I struggled. If you’re new, I’d definitely go light on the weights and slow on the sequences. I was sore days later — particularly my biceps. Make sure you do significant stretching before and after — more than they do in class. But did I feel like Wonder Woman after the class? You bet your sweet ass I did.
If you’re interested in signing up for a class at Project by Equinox’s space (duh, who are we kidding, of course, you are), then make sure to sign up for a class here. With 10 trainers and dozens of classes to choose from, we bet you’ll have no problem finding the right fit for your body and fitness style.
Written by Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton
Feature image via Jason Rappaport for Project by Equinox
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