New Yorkers seem to have a knack for turning the intensity up on everything.
They walk faster. Talk louder. Work longer. Play harder.
Well at least that’s the stereotype. But you get the idea, right?
So it almost seemed normal when I was asked to join a “fitness crawl” that included threeexercises classes in one afternoon.
You heard me right: three classes + one afternoon = tons of sweat.
The event was hosted by Ketanga Fitness, a local company that organizes active vacations to incredible destinations (they’re planning a running trip to Havana) and workout events here in NYC.
Their “fitness krawl” concept combines three 30-minute workouts at three different studios for $30 – less than the price of a normal drop-in. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon with a friend, and also a wonderful way to test the waters on a new workout or studio you’ve been wanting to try.
Our krawl took us to the following studios:
Here’s a breakdown of what happened at each stop.
Stop 1 // Drill Fitness
I’ve been to Drill Fitness before and really loved it, so I was excited to come back and sample their newest class: Lean Burn. It’s a small group circuit training class involving different cardio + weight stations.
As you can see, the room is teeny tiny. But I’m happy to report that the workout is exactly the opposite. Even with an abbreviated class, we were all huffing and puffing from different rotations on the versa climber, rowing machine, step ups, and weights. I loved the quick-pace and constantly changing format and can’t wait to come back and try the full-length workout.
Stop 2 // Barre TriBeCa
Barre Tribeca was a wildcard for me – I had never been and hadn’t heard much about the studio before walking in the door. It’s just around the corner from Drill Fitness so we didn’t have far to go, which is excellent because my legs were mush from 30 minutes of lean burn. The studio is up a short flight of stairs on the second floor. The space used the be an artist’s studio, so don’t expect luxury locker rooms or a smoothie bar, but it has a comfortable, cozy, and welcoming atmosphere.
Emily led our 30 minute session and didn’t waste a single moment. We were tucking, pulsing, and lunging right out of the gate. I was so impressed with how efficiently we got through every single body part, including a bun-burning seat combo that had us all begging for mercy.
The only complaint I had was that the tempo of our reps didn’t match the music, which is a small pet peeve of mine. It’s so much easer to pulse out ten more reps if you’re doing it to the beat than just willy nilly. That said, I really did enjoy the personal and non-corporate feel at Barre Tribeca and would love to head back again soon.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Lyons Den just feels like home to me. I know this feeling stems from “growing up” at Down Dog Yoga in DC, which teaches the same style of yoga and has a very similar studio atmosphere. It’s hot. It’s intense. It’s raw. It’s challenging. And it’s just the very best.
So I was thrilled that our third and final stop landed us here. Already at a combined 60 minutes of workout time, I was getting fatigued and hungry – a dangerous combination. But something about sitting in that heated room as the first fall rain fell outside made me so wonderfully happy.
Camille led us through a beautiful beginner flow that focused on sun salutations and a few fun balances. Many in the room were new to yoga and Camille made sure to pause and demonstrate some of the more confusing poses to make sure we were all on the same page. With two tough workouts behind us, the heated stretching felt so wonderful and made for the perfect ending to our crawl.
A big “thank you” to Ketanga Fitness for inviting me to participate in in what is essentially a fit crasher’s dream come true. Studio hopping in Tribeca for a few hours was a blast! I can’t wait to see what you cook up next.
Photo credit: Ketanga Fitness and The Fit Crasher.