I have known for quite some time that I need to find something else to supplement my Flywheel work-out so that I use other muscles. I try to stay up on new classes and, but most don’t appeal to me. I am not coordinated, don’t enjoy running or lifting weights, so what’s left? I like the idea of yoga but can never get myself into the crazy poses and instead of feeling relaxed, it makes me anxious and irritable.
I have been intrigued by The Class since I read an article about it in The New York Post last summer. No one I know has taken it, including my Flywheel instructors, and I hadn’t been able to find anyone to try it with me.
Last year, I took a Flywheel class at Self Magazine’s Up and Out Studio because one of my favorite instructors was teaching it. I enjoyed the whole experience so much that I wanted to do again this year. I was disappointed that SoulCycle was participating instead of Flywheel so I had to find another class to register for. The Class was being offered on Saturday at 10am. I gave it one last ditch effort to try to convince friends to try it with me, but I had no takers. I didn’t let that stop me and registered by myself.
The Class is a cathartic mind-body experience.
You shake, you pulse, you bounce, and you use sound to break open and activate stagnant “layers” in the body where stress, tension, and emotions are stored. In The Class you build a lean, strong body and cleanse the emotional and spiritual self through intense physical exertion, therapeutic instruction, and heart-pumping music.
The challenging movement creates contraction and release that cleanses age-old emotional habits stored in the body. Cardio blasts flush the system to create new fertile space for positive change, unveiling untapped strength in every possible sense of the word.
In The Class, you will find that you are much stronger than you thought.
The founder Taryn is such a beautiful person inside and out and her beauty shines and radiates. A former Ralph Lauren fashion exec, Taryn has two daughters and is a total M.I.L.F. (Mom in love with fitness!)
I viewed The Class as a form of therapy. But instead of sitting on a couch and spilling your guts to a professional “shrink,” I like The Class atmosphere where a collective bunch of females all come to rid them of the baggage clogging them down.
Even though at times I thought I’d never be able to keep pulsing my leg up and down, The Class went fast. I admit I wasn’t able to shut off completely, as I kept thinking about this blog post I would be writing. I have a feeling that if I attend more regularly, I will learn how to shut off the millions of open tabs in my mind.
I can’t even remember the last time I did jumping jacks. It was so much fun and very invigorating.
The only other time I felt this in touch with my body was when I was enduring natural childbirth. I was thinking what a fantastic class this would be for pregnant women and sure enough I saw that touted on the website afterwards. There’s even a separate prenatal Class offered.
Ok, so in full disclosure, I did open my eyes a few times to make sure I was doing everything correctly. When I did, I would glance around the room at everyone’s athletic wear. Most were wearing the prerequisite Lululemon.
The price structure is set up the same as Flywheels. $35 per class up and up to $600 for 20 classes. My plan is to go once a week or bi-monthly. I’m already trying to convince my sister to do it with me on her birthday. She recently began taking private pilates classes and I think she’ll enjoy it, especially mentally.
Btw, I wasn’t aware of anyone shedding a tear in The Class on Saturday morning at the Self Up and Out Studio. But Taryn may have wanted to cry over what she described as “her half baked class” because the A/V equipment blew midway through it and we finished without the accompanying music.
Guess who is in the new J Crew Catalog modeling the just launched New Balance athletic wear? Taryn and her two adorable girls!
What’s your stress releaser?