Dance Cardio @ ModelFIT LA

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Class: Dance Cardio

Location: Weho

Work-out: Dance cardio

Difficulty: 3.5

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 60

Sweat Level: Sweaty

Parking: Metered street parking, valet or paid lot

Amenities: Towels, showers, filtered water fountain, lockers, swag for purchase

Requirements for class: sneakers

I’ve been reading about ModelFIT for years and I was BEYOND excited when they finally opened up an LA location at the end of last year! This super trendy workout is said to be responsible for the bodies of many celebs and supermodels (such as Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigan and Taylor Swift) and offers both strength training and cardio without the intensity of a bootcamp or cross fit class. The LA location currently offers Dance Cardio, Sculpt, and Cardio Scuplt (this being a combination of the Dance Cardio and Sculpt class).

When I went in for my dance cardio class yesterday, there was only one other attendee in my class, so it was like a semi private lesson! The studio itself was small, but clearly we had plenty of room. 45 minutes of the class was straight dance cardio (which is about 15 minutes longer than Body by Simone and Tracy Anderson, for comparison). However, the routines and moves were definitely easier than BBS and TA. At times I almost found some of the moves a little too repetitive and not challenging enough, but I appreciate how they kept it easy since pushing through 45 minutes in itself is a challenge. The last 15 minutes was spent on abs, glutes and a stretch. My instructor was Sarah and she was awesome!

I really enjoy classes like these and like to supplement cardio with sculpting classes so I can’t wait to come back and try the others. The showers and amenities also looked really nice (and new!). My only complaint is that parking can be a challenge on 3rd St (it’s right next to Sweetgreen), but supposedly the studio is working on getting parking in the future. ModelFIT isn’t on Classpass, and it’s $32 a class, but keep an eye out for promo packages and new client specials.

 

TH 101 @ Tonehouse

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Class: TH 101

Location: New York City – NoMad

Work-out: Strength training

Difficulty: 5+

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 60

Sweat Level: Sweaty

Parking: Not sure this is a thing in NY?

Amenities: Towels, showers, cold bath, foam rollers, water fountain, water and swag for purchase, big and small lockers and fully stocked locker room

Requirements for class: sneakers and don’t eat anything right before class

What a way to start of 2017, with the hardest class I’ve ever taken in my LIFE! I took Tone House’s intro class (TH101), and cannot even fathom how anyone can survive the regular class, which is supposedly 10x harder than the already-impossible 101 class. Granted, I didn’t know this was THE HARDEST workout that NYC has to offer, and by the end of the class, the “leave your ego at the door” greeting posted at the entrance really hit home. Halfway through the warm-up, any trace of ego was completely replaced by pure survival mode. I was incredibly impressed with everyone else in my class who seemed to go through the activities like it was any other workout.

The warm-up consisted of a series of cardio hurdles..yes mini HURDLES that you ran and jumped over from the front and side. After that, groups of 4 sprinted and bear-crawled across the room in rounds. I’m not sure if this made up the warm-up or if the next series or agility tasks were included as well but at this point I already felt like I might drop dead at any moment. The body of the class took us through lunges and jumps with one leg through TRX bungees, a 4000-meter row (though I don’t think anyone got close to 4000M – speed counted for more than distance on this one) and body weight sleighs. The latter was a brand new concept to me, in which “sleighs” were weighted down and then strapped to your body and you had to drag the sleigh across the room with your lower body tied to it, and then push it back across the room with your upper body strength. Yes, it sounds as ridiculous as it actually was. Finally, the class ended with another round of agility tasks (running in place, jumping up and down, squatting, shuffling, etc.) and then a group stretch. OMG I could not believe I made it to the end and I was still standing… sort of. The good thing was that other attendants of the class (who had obviously been there before) cheered you on and it was clear that there was a real sense of community at Tone House.

Aside from the actual workout, the locker room amenities were nice (talk about that cold jacuzzi tub to help ice those muscles, as well as foam rollers in a big open space and two sizes of lockers). My one complaint is the astroturf that lines the studio floors, which really hurts your hands after spending so much time on the floor crawling and doing push-ups and what not. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this class to people who are new to working out, but those who are relatively fit and looking for a challenge for 2017, this is it!