We are so excited to be partnering up with Equinox this year! We have been huge fans of the club for the past few years and are excited to have been given the opportunity to continue our partnership with their team. Equinox has a huge presence in both LA and New York City so we thought it would be fun to bring back our East Coast vs. West Coast series in highlighting our favorite EQX classes! We are both huge fans of taking classes because it differentiates your workout routine, works new muscles and keeps things interesting! Hope this opens your eyes to trying out a new class or getting a membership yourself. 🙂
*taken @ Equinox Hudson Yards in NYC*
COURTNEY’S EAST COAST SELECTIONS: My Go-To locations are Park Avenue and Grand Central
1: Precision Running – I am definitely biased as running is my go-to workout of choice. As many of you know I am also obsessed with Mile High Run Club and Precision Running is as close as it gets to MHRC at Equinox! I believe people feel afraid to take this class as it is fully treadmill based and who really wants to run for 50 mins lol? But I can assure you it is much less scarier than it seems. The class is split up into three parts with a 2-3min break in between each. Each series will contain different intervals (varying in speed and incline) but at Precision Running they RARELY get over a 90 second interval! Between each interval you have a chance to walk (if you are a beginner) or a chance to jog (if you are more advanced). There is NO JUDGEMENT. I have done this particular class over 25x either at Equinox or the stand alone location and I truly have seem it all. From some never getting over 5mph on the treadmill to some being extremely advanced. Take a risk and try it! You won’t regret it!
2: The Pursuit Burn – EQX offers a variety of different cycling classes but this has to be my favorite! If you are a fan of Flywheel or enjoy workouts that are competition based then this is for you. The Pursuit Burn, I must admit, is incredibly challenging and it wouldn’t be the cycling class I would pick to start out on. However it is fun, there are at least 4-5 different challenges throughout class and it really pushes you. Once you have a few of their beginner cycling classes under your belt I would definitely try this one out! I once took this hungover…. I would not suggest it.
3: Tabata – In my opinion this is the hardest Group Fitness Class that EQX offers. It could 100% depend on your instructor, but I find it the most challenging but also the most rewarding. I have never left feeling down on myself, that’s for sure! It is a mixture of strength and cardio and is designed to be a strong calorie burning HIIT class. Note that there are small rest periods between each interval to catch your breath! Which helps if you are just starting to get back into the groove of things.
4: Booty Blast or Best Butt Ever – The two are extremely similar! I would say that Booty Blast incorporates more cardio than Best Butt Ever, in my experience, but each focus on that one thing.. YOUR BOOTY! You will definitely feel the burn and leave not wanting to walk up stairs for a full 24 hrs lol. I do love that each of these also mixes in an element of core/abs, so be prepared for that aspect!
5: METCON3 – I took this class for the first time last night! It is my friend Jills absolute favorite so I wanted to give it a go. It was definitely more challenging then I presumed but a good challenging. It focuses on arms (more so than I am used to) which is a good thing as that is something I generally ignore in my workouts. It also mixes in A LOT of cardio. The class contains a set of 9-10 quick 1 min intervals that you repeat 3 times. What I found to be the most difficult was there being no chance to catch your breath in between the min’s. Whereas in Tabata or WHIPPED there is. I can definitely blame this on not being in very good shape right now as I struggled but at least I did not stop! Even though I wanted to lol.
KELLY’S WEST COAST SELECTIONS: My Go-To location is West Hollywood
1: Power Yoga – As most of you know, yoga is my go-to workout. I love their power yoga class because it really can challenge your strength, focus and endurance. Some may skip over yoga because they think it’s “easy” or “boring” but every time I leave this particular class, I am dripping from head to toe. The great thing about yoga is you can, of course, adjust the workout – so you can make it as easy or challenging as you want.
2: Best Butt Ever – Court loves this one too! Best Butt Ever is exactly what is sounds like. The class is on the short side but hyper-focuses on the glutes and thighs. As someone who sits on your booty all day at a desk, it feels good to get that thing up and runnin’!
3: Groov3 – I’ve really enjoyed every dance class I have taken at Equinox. I think the dance classes in LA tend to be a bit more ~ risky ~ than the classes in New York. I used to go to a dance class in WeHo where we quite literally wore heels and did all of the “bending and snapping” one could desire. Groove is a great class if you want to get the heart pumping and also have some fun!
4: Trilogy Barre – So to be honest – I actually haven’t tried this specific class yet but it is 1000% on my list this year! I absolutely love barre and was in the best shape of my life when I was doing barre 2-3 times a week. If you haven’t taken barre before, it is a class that takes movements derived from ballet and hyper-focuses on specific muscles and repeats until your body is basically shaking (the more you shake the more your muscles are changing!) Similar to yoga, you can make the class is easy or difficult as you want!
5: ITV Interval Training – Once I have a good rhythm down and am feeling ready to take on some different classes, I will dabble in interval training. With this class in particular, you never really know what you are going to get (ropes, weights, rowing machine) which is what I really like about it! Sometimes you also can pair up which forces you to meet new people in class which I love 🙂