Manhattan Modern Luxury Magazine: Boxing Classes Warfare


Boxing Classes Warfare

We know, we know. It’s below freezing and gets dark at 3 in the afternoon, and the last place you want to be is on the elliptical or at boxing classes. But we’ve uncovered two new programs that will reignite your workout spirit. -Camille Hunt

If you’re so bored with cardio that you’d take a root canal over 10 minutes on a treadmill, consider willRTB (short for Raise the Bar), a new core pilates and HIIT class by expert trainer Will Torres. The eight-session, four-week program ($850) combines the two most important elements of training-cardio and lifting-to ignite metabolism, shed fat and increase strength and tone. Added bonus There are just four students per session, so you can sign up with three pals (or another couple) and get the personal attention you want from private training-but with some much-needed camaraderie.

Torres created RTB to relieve New Yorkers of the monotony and ineffectiveness of everyday kettlebell workouts. “People who work out alone tend to do just one thing- only yoga, only endurance, only spinning. You won’t get the results you’re looking for if your body is never pushed to change.”

Each 90 minute RTB session consists of 45 minutes of lifting and body weight exercises followed by 45 minutes{C}{C} {C} of a cardio workout combing elements of muay thai, jiujitsu and Pilates. According to Torres, RTB’s “after-burn” (heightened metabolism following a cardio workout) lasts up to 13 hours, and after four weeks you’ll start noticing real physical changes - as well as those people asking what you’ve been up to. 254 W. 10th St. 212.929.1800, willspace.com

Animal Flow is the newest offering from swanky fitness club Equinox. The 60-minute class combines basic body-weight exercises with “animal flow” components- movements that replicate those made by animal in the world (think apes, frogs, crocodile and baboons).

The innovative class is the brainchild of personal trainer Mike Fitch, who says Flow stems from his need to train without the use of weights, which can cause injuries. “I began incorporating disciplines that used only my body weight-like gymnastics, circus arts and break dancing,” says Fitch. “These all have a common thread: crawling or animal movements. I took some of those forms and modified them to get the most out of each one. The results were outstanding!”

Expect to spend most of the class on the flow crawling, hopping and bounding like a beast (you’ll be surprised at how much you enjoy it). Fitch says students will feel results after just one workout, and increased coordination and flexibility within week. equinox.com

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