So for me, the week before 4th of July is always crunch time. I am guaranteed to be in a bikini, whether on the West or East coast. This year (like last), I'll be headed out to Montauk, and so I've been eating insanely strict (think alcohol once a week, eating within 8hrs every day, super low carb) and working out like a mad-woman. Lucky for me, I have some killer studios in NYC.
About six months ago, I rejoined ClassPass and rediscovered my love for high intensity training. Since then, I've checked out dozens of classes, some met with an eye roll, others with obsession that's led me to purchase packages outside my monthly CP fee. Just like NYC has spoiled me into the realization that restaurants are not just about the food, I now no longer think gyms are just about the workout.
Here are my top three favorite ass-kicking classes (on ClassPass!) with major spa feels:
The workout: Solace Body is my most recent discovery (thanks to a couple girls from church). This is another high intensity cross-fit-y class, but with more focus on endurance than lifting heavy weights. Probably the easiest of the three, but still a gnarly workout. I have also taken Solace Flow here, their version of power yoga, which was AMAZING; a lot of core and a great mix-up from the high-intensity workouts I'm prone to take.
The locker room: Takes the cake. Tons of lockers, beautiful wood floors, showers, and back splash... And hydrangeas. In the locker room. One downfall is Solace only provides large bath towels, which they do not allow you to take with you outside of the locker room, so if you sweat, bring your own.
Instructor: Heather for Body and Tiana for Flow.
2. ICE NYC
The workout: This cool (lol) cross-fit gym in Tribeca features a class called "HAIL," for high intensity strength training lovers like me. The warm-up is the hardest part-- 20 straight minutes of gnarly cardio/body weight movements.
The locker room: Gorgeous. Dark blue and white tiled floors, gold details, and plenty of counter space.
Instructor: Check out Ace's class! He's like a giant, intense teddy bear.
The workout: My first love. This "Higher Intensity Interval Training" always leaves me feeling confident, strong, and sexy, with sweat pouring down my face. Side note, Kore (located in Meatpacking) is celebrating their 1 year anniversary with $200 unlimited monthly memberships! (aka they'll be seeing a lot more of me).
The locker room: On the smaller side, but modern and chic. Great products and as long as you can snag a shower, youll be just fine. Plus! Kore provides tea tree oil towels for a post-sweat refresher.
Instructor: Definitely try Erin and Elssa's classes!
Have any must-try classes/beautiful studios? I'd love to check them out!