Class Review: Physique 57 SoHo
I’m a sucker for punishment, so when a business colleague told me about the “unbelievable burn” at Physique 57, I knew I had to try. Physique 57 is a barre method workout that concentrates on strength training, cardio, and flexibility using a ballet bar. It’s also the preferred workout of sports reporter Erin Andrews and supermodel Chrissy Tiegen. I’m no prima donna ballerina type, but I left feeling long and lean in just one session.
Upon walking into the studio, I knew I was going to enjoy the class. Kate and Erin at the front desk were warm and welcoming – so necessary after coming from the snow storm outside. The studio is clean, bright, has a minimalistic approach in design, and <em>smells amazing unlike many other studios and gyms. (I asked about the scent and the smell is exclusively branded for Physique 57. Dear Physique 57 – you must sell this as a candle or diffuser!) It’s clear that Physique 57 cares about providing the best environment to maximize your workout. No distracting odors, mess, or old equipment here!
I signed up for a beginner’s class with Shanna, who is adorably petite with a big smile, fluttering long eyelashes, and chiseled arms. Must. Have. Her. Arms. I have to admit that while I was ready for a burn, I wasn’t ready for the intensity of said burn. Besides, how hard could a beginner’s class be? I’ve run marathons, completed mud runs, mastered archery – this should be easy! I was seriously mistaken. Squeeze, squat, lift, and hold is the new cardio. I was shocked to see how much I was sweating from a low-impact activity. We runners often think that cardio is the only way to work up a sweat.
Physique 57 claims to change your body in as little as eight sessions. After my first class, I believe them. Did I mention the burn? The burn!!! Oh, the burn!!! I left the studio on fire…and felt like I was on fire the rest of the day. Even when you’re working your arms or legs, you core is always engaged. Imagine taking an hour long ab class – this is what Physique 57 is all about! I don’t know if I was hallucinating or not, but I actually saw my six pack coming. I could actually feel my body tightening and my fat burning.
Physique 57 is not just a studio, it’s a movement, a culture, a lifestyle. I hope you’ll try it. I planning on taking the eight class challenge and seeing how my body changes. Can’t wait!
For more info on Physique 57 and to find a studio near you, visit their website.
All first time students get special deal. Buy one class for $36 and get the second one free. You’re 25% of the way there to a new body!