We like to keep ahead of the game at Frame and we make it our business to check out the competition (we’re not shy to steal the odd idea if it’s a good’un!… But we’ll always put a Frame spin it). A recent reccy to The Big Apple threw up these gems of studio gyms and we thought we’d share them with our globe trotting Framers who might want to workout stateside.
They Say: NYC’s first extreme athletics-based group fitness studio – release your inner athlete.
We Say: Not for the faint hearted. A super motivated team of instructors with equally toned physiques. Sixty-minute intense sports conditioning work out focused on functional training and sports agility – super hot and sweaty.
Best For: Sweat and burn lovers
They Say: A proven barre-based workout designed to improve flexibility and endurance, while strengthening and sculpting muscles. The signature Physique 57 class incorporates cardio, strength training, stretching and recovery (all with a ballet barre) for a 57-minute workout.
We Say: The original in barre studios. It’s been around for ten years. The best instructors, innovative moves and three locations so you can catch them wherever you are around town.
Best For: Pilates/barre lovers and those who left their trainers in the UK
MILE HIGH RUN CLUB
They Say: The first dedicated studio for running with daily group treadmill classes and endurance focused strength training led by elite runners, everyone trains like an athlete regardless of fitness level.
We Say: Think spinning on a treadmill with interval training and hills to curated playlists. This is a great one to go with a friend at any level as you can work at your own pace.
Best For: Cardio junkies
They Say: Y7 is a tribe of strong yogis: Creative teachers and students pushing the boundaries of how yoga can feel. Fun and challenging, without sacrificing the peacefulness of yoga. Heat, music, freedom to flow on your own, breathing, darkness, we’ve taken everything into consideration.
We Say: A slightly different yoga experience: it’s hip-hop inspired vinyasa! Moody rooms, slightly heated often lit by candlelight. Cult following.
Best For: Alternative yogi’s
She Says: My creative workouts push people to not only feel their best, but to look their best. I want every one of my clients to reach their utmost potential, to get the body they want. It’s time to get to work!
We Say: Madonna’s own personal trainer gone out on her own. Innovative, hard, but also fun. You need to hunt her down – she doesn’t have her own studio but holds classes weekly in New York.
Best For: Dance and choreographed fitness nuts
They Say: Small movements at a slow pace for mindful exercise that tones and strengthens your entire body whether you are a catwalk model or an office cubical dweller.
We Say: Dubbed “the model whisperer”, Justin Geband made a name for himself whipping the Victoria’s Secrets Angels into shape (clients include Karlie Kloss and best friend Taylor Swift). At $40 a class you can expect a slimmer wallet too.
Best For: Women who want the whole package without the sweat
They Say: A 75-minute cathartic mind-body experience. You pulse, you bounce and you use sound to break open and activate stagnant “layers” in the body where stress, tension and emotions are stored.
We Say: Jane Fonda goes tribal with a heart-pumping sound track. Fuelled by raw, animalistic energy, this workout taps into the soul like only the Yanks know how and gets those endorphins flowing.
Best For: Combining your workout with your therapy
They Say: Challenging, innovative and dynamic workouts that push you to your limit, make you feel alive and have you moving in ways you never thoughT possible. Plus $1 per person per class is donated to charity helping to better the world as we better ourselves.
We Say: The combination of conditioning, cardio and dance-based classes plus an inclusive community vibe makes this studio about as close to Frame as you can get state-side. And the charity tie-in is great for your karma.
Best For: Feel good factor
Nicole Winhoffer. Image Courtesy of Adidas
The Class. Image courtesy of Jaimie Baird
ModelFIT’s Justin Geband