Crash Course: FIT RxN offers a total body TRX-cardio mashup class that combines high intensity cardio intervals with dynamic strength moves on the TRX. This is a fast-paced class that takes you through a full range of functional movement, so be sure to let the instructor know if you need modification. Get ready to sweat, this one’s a full throttle doozy. [line] [left]where: 33 West End Avenue
bring: water bottle
perks: great music, lots of natural light, towels
sweat score: 8 out of 10[/left][right]wear: comfy clothes for sweating
instructor: Mr. Ray
cost: drop-in $30 [/right][line]
FIT RxN has two locations: one in Hoboken and the other near Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side. I attended an evening TRX class at the New York City location, which is tucked away from the street toward the back of the building. It’s a little hard to find, but walk to the Hudson River-facing side of the building and look for a gym with the “Pedal” sign.
The studio features beautiful floor to ceiling windows that overlook a tree-lined courtyard. Because FIT RxN is on the ground floor on the backside of the building, you don’t see or hear the typical hustle and bustle of the city. There are no cars whizzing by or people hurriedly bumping through each other trying to get to their next appointment. It’s a calming oasis…at least until class starts!
There is quite a bit of floorspace to explore. Aside from the mirror-lined spin room, there is a front lobby area with a coffee maker and lounge, a deck of lockers to store your personal items, and the room where all of the group fitness classes take place. There aren’t any showers, but the two bathrooms are spacious enough to serve as changing rooms before or after class. The studio also has a filtered water spigot and a stack of fresh towels. Make sure to grab both before class – you’ll need them!
The TRX class occurs in the group exercise room. You can’t miss it, it’s the one without the bikes. It’s got all of the necessary toys and devices you could ever want for a high intensity interval class, including some of my favorites like steel bells, battle ropes, and boxes. I was also told that the class frequently goes outside in the courtyard area to do sprints and other exercises, which is a nice perk in the warmer weather months.
When I saw the variety of equipment packed into this single room, I had flashbacks to my TRX bootcamp at Reformation Fitness and knew it was going to be one heck of a wild ride. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: TRX is really hard. TRX plus anything else is just ridiculous (in the best, sweatiest possible way).
When I think back to this class the first thing that comes to mind is the instructor, Mr. Ray. There are a lot of great instructors out there, but it’s rare to find one with that winning combination of people skills, boundless energy, overwhelming enthusiasm, and straight-up no-nonsense know-how. He also means business and teaches a killer class. Did I mention the playlist and music cues were all top notch as well? Yeah, this instructor is the total package.
Most importantly, there was never a moment in class that Mr. Ray wasn’t encouraging someone, making us laugh, or thoughtfully correcting form. When we wanted to quit during the last round of TRX burpees (and we all did, multiple times), he turned up the music and did them with us. When my form failed on my squats, he magically appeared to correct it. Three times. The guy was all over the place and everywhere at once, directing music cues, cracking jokes, managing a stop watch, demo-ing moves, and being a cheerleader for the entire class. He is the real deal. Bottom line: if you can take a class with him, do it.
So how was the crash? One person on Yelp described this particular class as “crazy as hell” and left them “sweating like a best.” With multiple exclamation points. A user on Rate Your Burn warned: “There is no resting in this class.” Crazy. Sweaty. No resting.
We started with a dynamic warm up of squats, high knees, and other functional movements. The warm up was short and to the point, leaving plenty of time for the main event. Because this is a cardio + TRX class, each round of exercise included short bursts of activity to get the heart rate going. I loved this because while any move on the TRX is killer, some of them tend to be slow and strength based. Adding in a bit of cardio after is just icing on the cake for a well-rounded full-body burn.
I love this photo because it solidifies my earlier point about Mr. Ray. I mean, look at the guy. Squatting low, iPad in hand, music blaring, laser focus on getting us through this terrible set of TRX leg scissors. If his enthusiasm doesn’t motivate you to get that leg up higher, than I’m not sure what else will.
We went through multiple exercise circuits targeting each major part of the body: legs, arms, and core. I was absolutely cooked. My legs were wobbly. My arms were like lead. And there was a subtle feeling like I had been hit in the abs with a paddle. Those TRX planks are going to cause some serious delayed onset soreness.
To the person on Yelp who said the class made them sweat like a beast: you have my official confirmation. I think this photo is blurry because it just couldn’t handle the sweat level.
FIT RxN provided this class free of charge in exchange for my honest review – all opinions in this post come directly from my very sweaty personal experience. Thanks for reading!