Best spin class – SoulCycle
SoulCycle takes the cake hands-down, no-questions-asked for best spin class in the City. I’ve tried Flywheel, Equinox, and Peloton Cycle and there’s just no comparison. From insanely well-choreographed moves to the team, or as some people call it, cult mentality, SoulCycle always leaves me with a rush of euphoria at the end of a class. It honestly feels like I’m clubbing on a bike when I get really into the beat of the music and rhythm of the ride.
Best High Intensity Interval Training class(es) – Equinox
I really enjoy all of Equinox’s HIIT classes but my favorites have to be:
Elimin8tor: It’s a game where no one’s the winner. You start with 8 exercises, each aptly written on a circle and stuck to the mirror. After the first round, whoever finishes first is allowed to take down one of the circles. Then you do the 7 remaining moves and another is taken down and so on.
Stacked: Conducted in a suicide style manner, you do 2 “stacks” of 6 targeted exercises. For example, you’ll start with a round of pushup tricep dip combos, then repeat that and add a round of bicep curl lunge combos, then do those two exercises again and add a round of sandbell toe touches, and so forth. Do I sound like I’m speaking a foreign language because that’s what it feels like.
Tabata: Alternating 20 seconds of all-out effort with 10 seconds of rest, the class usually goes through 8 different exercises. And trust me, 20 seconds is an eternity when it’s a one-legged weighted squat that jumps straight into a burpee. Who even knew that could be done?!?
Yoga studio – Yoga to the People
There’s a ton of fancy-schmancy yoga studios in the City but I actually prefer the donation-based Yoga to the People classes, with 5 locations in Manhattan and another in Brooklyn. I love that the flow-based class is all about how you feel. Whether it’s stress-relieving chants of “H-A” which means sun, this new wave yoga class is all about feeding your soul.
Boxing & Martial Arts – B Warrior Martial Arts Academy
Once upon a time, I signed up for a Muay Thai class on Classpass after watching a few too many Rhonda Rhousey YouTube videos. I had no idea this was going to be one of the most brutal workouts of my life. There was one point where I thought I was going to pass out after doing 20 sets of roundhouse suicide kicks. That’s 110 kicks! I couldn’t walk for about a week afterwards but that just reassured me that this is one of the best classes to get sculpted and burn calories so I went back for more. I’ve been going regularly ever since.
Running Trails – Hudson River and East River
Central Park is a runner’s classic but I like to journey off-the-beaten path and head towards the water. When I lived on Upper West, I fell in love with the serenity and fresh smells of running along the Hudson River on the West Side Highway/Riverside Dr (pictured). Now that I’m living on the East Side, I’ll do weekend runs along the East River and crossover the bridge to Ward’s Island which feels so far away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.
With love from NYC,