Five Workouts that Turn Up the Intensity

Living in NYC, there is no shortage of new workouts to try. It feels like there is a new type of work out- and gym built around it- popping up every day, and in every neighborhood. While Barry’s Boot Camp and Crossfit set the standard for high intensity interval training, and SoulCycle set the gold-standard in it’s class, Run and Rowing clubs (among others) have now entered the scene. Adding to a previous review of five varied and intense workout regimes, here I bring you five more that turn up the intensity and offer more choices for your fitness addiction.

Bodies by P
“P” is none other than Stephen Pasterino, a man who has mastered the art of the human body. With a background in Physical Therapy, Stephen has developed his own workout method that tones and lengthens women’s bodies. His approach can help women that have “bulked up” from other workouts and transform and balance their bodies. His sessions are populated with thin and shapely model-types – but how do these girls look so good? Is he a master at marketing or are his results that transforming?? Using resistance bands, slanted boards and good old fashioned steps, Stephen carefully demonstrates movements to follow. He believes that even the slightest wrong- or right- turn out in the foot makes all the difference.

I’ve attended about 10 of Stephen’s sessions so far and am hooked. I’ve dialed back my cardio/cycling routine and (at least in my mirror!) see a slimmer and better toned me.

From their website:

  • Sculpted, toned bodies for life.
  • Building a long lasting foundation, activating all muscles, and accentuating lines and definitions you never thought you had.
  • Stephen’s technique gently but effectively tightens the butt, thighs and core, while strengthening the arms and back, and lengthening the legs.  His method, so scientific and efficient, you’ll take his modifications with you throughout the day to ensure that you’re constantly toning, tightening, and working your body, without being aware that you are doing so.
  • His philosophy is a simple one, based on a simple question: What makes people look and feel their best. His answer: symmetry.

    Bodies by P

Mile High Run Club
The 45 minute “cardio +” regime has fast become the norm amongst high turbo classes. Mile High Run Club’s offering pushes its patrons through a series of challenging speed and elevation sprints on rugged treadmills to the backdrop of pulsating lights and up-tempo house music. Off the machines, instructors lead a series of strength and tone exercises using body kettle bells and body weight. Expect to be huffin’ and puffin’ at the finish line. My husband has attended several classes and says it’s pretty intense.

From their website:

  • Group Running Classes: Treadmill and Outdoor
  • Our program challenges the body differently than simply getting a few miles in. Expertly structured intervals and smart purposeful training guarantee you will reach your goals more quickly.
  • Five Classes:
    • DASH 28: This 45-minute class provides a foundation for runners of all levels with about 28 minutes of structured intervals followed by 10 minutes of running-focused strength plus power training with kettle bells.
    • HIGH 45: HIGH 45 is the bridge between our DASH 28 and DISTANCE class. Expect to cover between 2 and 5+ miles in this treadmill only interval-based 45-minute endurance class.
    • THE DISTANCE: Our advanced performance improving class incorporates 60 minutes of continuous intervals, tempo, and hills on the treadmill and is coached by elite runners.
    • PRIVATE COACHING: Round out your running program with our strength and endurance focused personal training for injury prevention and performance.
    • DIRTY 30: The 30-minute running only class is designed for maximum benefits in a shorter format. Expect to cover between 2 and 3 miles in this high-intensity interval-based run.
  • First class is on them!!
Mile High Run Club

Rumble Boxing

Rumble Boxing is one of NYC’s newest workouts, which opened a studio earlier this month in Chelsea/Flatiron border. Dave and I got booked in a class with “Founding Trainer” Joe Ferraro, which proved to be frenetic, challenging, and exhausting!  With the class consisting of 10 fast-paced “rounds”, we alternated between boxing moves with the bag (that were easily explained to the class) and floor/bench/weight work. The techno music was blasting, and Joe kept the packed class in constant motion and fully engaged.  This is a must-try addition to your workout routine. Expect to leave feeling completely spent – and sore the next day!

From their website:

  • Boxing-Inspired Group Fitness Classes.
  • 10 rounds of boxing-inspired full body strength training and conditioning. Playlists that blend hip-hop and house with timeless classics (think Biggie and Prince) into customized mash-ups and remixes that are specific for RUMBLE. Aqua Training Bags, specifically designed, tear-drop style, water-filled punching bags.
  • RUMBLE is founded by four entrepreneurs who saw an opening in the group fitness world to shake up stale norms. One that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but still delivers an incredible workout.
  • RUMBLE is here for the real people, who put in work, and want to look good and have some fun…whether you are searching for lean legs, toned abs, or to find your confidence.

    Rumble Boxing

Barry’s Boot Camp
The first time I took a Barry’s Bootcamp, I was sure I was being punished in a very cruel way. A BBC session alternates between running on a Transformers-like treadmill and floor exercises- which are both equally intense. This is no leisure jog at 5mph. It’s more of a “run as fast as you can at 10.0, then alternate to kettle bells on the floor, then burpees, then back to Heartbreak Hill on the treadmill.” Barry’s will kick your ass and ask for no apology. The expanding Barry’s outposts includes one at Park and 27th street. I’ve attended both in NY and the Hamptons; if you are a Hamptons goer you’ll find it a good entry to Barry’s as the sessions are (fractionally) less militant than in Fortress Manhattan.

From their website:

  • Our signature cardio + strength workouts can help burn 1,000 calories in just one hour in a music-filled environment where every class feels new, fun and exciting for all levels.
  • Our signature hour-long workouts include 25-30 minutes of interval cardiovascular treadmill routines and 25-30 minutes of strength training utilizing free weights, resistance bands, medicine balls and other equipment.
  • Our innovative technique works to “shock” the body in the most efficient and effective way to improve your cardiovascular system, lose weight and build muscle.
Barry’s Bootcamp

Row House
The latest entrant to the themed-cardio + mat genre, Row House is a serious total-body workout. Long the unforgotten stepchild of the gym, rowing machines are considered by many one of the best workout machines for overall fitness and moderate body strain. Now the main attraction at Row House, the rowing machine regime here is a fulfilling- and exhausting- overall workout. Like at Mile High Run Club, participants are lead through rowing intervals of varying time and intensity. Out of the seat, attendees grind through squats, pushups, and crunches to round out the class. You’ll be glad to be back on solid ground and feeling ready for Harvard Crew after your journey.

From their website:

  • Row House is home of the high energy, low impact, full-body workout for everyone.
  • Rowing is long-recognized by serious athletes as one of the most effective forms of full-body exercise. Why work different muscles on different days, when you can work them all in one workout with us?
  • Six Classes:
    • RH Full Body: Train all the major muscle groups, strengthening and conditioning your entire body from upper and lower body to core (50 min or 45 min).
    • RH HIIT: Full body, high intensity sweat session. Expect more floor-based intervals (50 min).
    • RH Restore: Looking to get back into the groove of things? Expect a gentler workout, focusing on reinvigorating your body (45 min).
    • RH Competition: Whether you are training for a race or just maximizing your fitness, join our most advanced rowers for meters and drills (45 min).
    • RH 101: Just starting out? Get a feel for the machine, your stroke and the benefits of RH in this instructional workout (45 min).
    • RH Tune-Up: By appointment only, this private skills session will provide more hands on attention so you get your stroke down (30 min).

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      Row House

Give them a try and let me know your favorite.

Enjoy your next sweat session…and always tell them FO40 sent you!

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