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
The 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 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.
Class: 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 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 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.
I 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!