NYC: The PE Club

Crash Course: The PE Club is beautiful small boutique studio on the Upper East Side that offers personal training, group fitness classes, and nutritional services. Expect gleaming wood floors, pristine equipment, friendly staff, and a post-workout shower that you’ll never want to leave. Oh yeah, and incredibly friendly instructors who teach classes small enough to make you feel like you’re really getting down to business.

class: TRX Kettlebells

sweat score: 8 out of 10

where: 238 E 75th Street | New York, NY

wear: your favorite workout tights and a tank

bring: water bottle

instructor: Bryan Jarrett

perks: small class size, showers, towels

cost: $38 drop-in, also on FitReserve and Classpass

I’m back on the fit crashing bandwagon thanks to a month-long FitReserve trial – so far, I’m loving it! I will do a full review of the service and the classes I attended, but I enjoyed my experience at The PE Club so much I thought I’d tell you about it in advance.
Studio: From the moment I walked into the studio, I knew I had discovered a hidden gem. It’s not very visible from street level and I hadn’t really noticed it while walking through the neighborhood before. But despite its somewhat low key exterior, the insides are nothing short of high-end gorgeousness. From the neat and tidy equipment and the gleaming wood floors, to the big beautiful windows and crisp white walls. This place is a stunner.
While there aren’t any traditional locker rooms in this small boutique space, they do have two showers for clients to use after their workouts. They are absolutely pristine and feel like stepping into a spa. Go ahead, grab a fluffy towel, turn on the hot water, and lather yourself in some crazy good Malin + Goetz products. You’ve earned it.

The-PE-Club-NYC-2The main floor is where the personal training magic happens. When I arrived, there was one client doing weighted planks under the watchful eye and encouragement of a trainer. From what I can tell, The PE Club doesn’t crowd the space with lots of clients at once. And in case you’re wondering from the photos – yes, they decorated for Halloween!

The-PE-Club-NYC-7The group fitness classes happen in a dedicated space toward the back of the building. It’s a beautiful room with lots of windows and natural light. Like the rest of the place, it is exceptionally neat and tidy. It motivated me for a moment to go home and try to replicate the calm and order, but I think that may be a mountain to climb another day.

The-PE-Club-NYC-5Class: The first time I stumbled upon The PE Club I took their “long and lean” class. It’s essentially a runner’s dream come true – 50 minutes of pilates and barre inspired moves to help tone muscle, torch your midsection, and strengthen all of those hard-to-reach problem areas (hello glutes and knees). We used bands, blocks, and other fun toys. If you are looking for a low impact class that feels like an amped-up version of barre or pilates, I can’t recommend it enough.

The second class I took was the TRX Kettlebell class with The PE Club’s lead instructor, Bryan.

The-PE-Club-NYC-4The room is built to accommodate small class sizes, and the morning I attended was no exception. We had three students and it felt more like a personal training session than your typical group fitness class. Such a treat!

The-PE-Club-NYC-1The class itself is a combination of weighted strength moves using kettlebells or free weights and various exercises on the TRX. The class hits every major muscle group, so don’t expect to leave feeling like your arms or abs got a free pass. We didn’t do any crazy suspended moves that might leave novices in the lurch. That said, just because the moves were basic doesn’t mean they were easy. My arms were sore for days thanks to some seriously slow tricep extensions.

Instructor:  The pace of instruction was easy-to-follow for beginners and Bryan was right there every step of the way to correct form, offer suggested modifications, and a word of encouragement as our muscles started to scream. He is incredibly animated and has a wonderful music selection – I immediately felt right at home when he invited me into the studio, turned on Rachel Platten’s new song, and announced that she would be getting us through our first round of pushups. I’m into it.

Bryan also took the time to make sure we did each and every move to its fullest potential. There was no opportunity to only kinda-sorta do those TRX lunges. He wanted to make sure you got the biggest bang for your buck. And with three people in the class, he was able to move about the class to quickly point your elbow this way or make sure you twisted that way.

The-PE-Club-NYC-9I felt encouraged, supported, and motivated – in a friendly, non-threatening way. Which I have to say is such a relief to find here in NYC. More often than not I find that instructors depend on being big personalities with lots of attitude, which can be really intimidating and off-putting. So I give two thumbs way up for finding a place where the instructors are warm, welcoming, and down-to-earth (Morgana taught the Long and Lean class I attended and the same goes for her too – so lovely.)

I can’t wait to head back and try other classes at The PE Club soon. If you make a trip, be sure to let me know how you liked it!


The PE Club invited me to test out the TRX Kettlebells class free of charge, but all opinions are from my own sweaty experience. Thanks for reading! 

Meaghan is the creator and editor of The Fit Crasher. A transplant to NYC from Washington, DC, she’s here to give you the skinny on all of her latest sweaty adventures, must-try trends, and fitness discoveries. When not exploring the city in spandex, Meaghan enjoys cooking, bluegrass music, and finding that perfect Instagram filter.


  1. Nicole October 22, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    this is so helpful. i’m a west sider and was wondering if PE Club was worth venturing east for!

    • DC Fit Crasher October 22, 2015 / 3:52 pm

      So glad it sparked your interest Nicole! I think it is definitely worth venturing across town for, especially because they have a shower so you can get easily on with your day after class. Let me know how you like it!

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