10. July 2012 · 2 comments · Categories: NYC Class · Tags:

Unfortunately, I missed the very first class of this series, but the instructor was kind enough to reschedule the class for my friend and I so that we could get our baseline in. You do the same baseline during your first and last class, that way you can measure your progress from beginning to end.

The class had a variety of exercises that used kettle bells, TRX, giant tires, and your own body weight. I looked forward to class every week! They were always different, very well organized, and I always got a great workout. Most days I left dripping in sweat, but smiling ear to ear because of how amazing I felt afterward.

The class consisted of specific circuit every class. We would start with a warm up, then we would go over the circuit and Ethan, the trainer would have us go through each exercise so we would all know what we were doing and to make sure we had proper form. Then we would do the circuit as many times as possible (most classes) in a certain amount of time. There were also a few classes where we had partners and had to work together, which was a fun change.

UXF challenged me, pushed me, and I learned a whole lot! This was my first time using kettle bells and I loved them. I came away from the class wanting to buy my own set of kettle bells just so I could continue doing what I learned in class.

The class was not easy, but it was manageable and Ethan worked with us on an individual level and he would help us modify if needed. Kristin and I were in a class with 4 other guys, so it was a bit intimidating at first, but everyone was super friendly and welcoming. It was also nice to be in such a small class because of the individual attention, almost like having a personal trainer for a lot less money.

When broken down, each class averaged out to $25/class, which is a lot less money than many other NYC fitness classes. It’s a complete body workout that incorporates cardio and strength and the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

Overall I cannot recommend this class enough! I am sad it’s over, but I can’t justify doing it during marathon training, it just seems like too much. The classes range from Level I to Level IV and I believe anyone can take these classes, especially if you start from the beginning at level I.

The class was always organized, it started and ended on time, and I developed noticeable strength, form, and endurance from just 4 weeks of this class. I can only imagine how much progress you can make if you did all 4 levels.

After marathon training, I would love to go back to this class again!

I took the level II UXF class at the New York Sports Club in Astoria. This class was Tuesdays and Thursdays for 4 weeks and the trainer was Ethan Baum.

Check out the list of locations and times here, if you are interested. These classes are available to NYSC members and non-members for the same price of $199.

*I was invited to take this class for free in exchange for a review. All reviews are my honest opinion and I would never endorse something I did not like or believe in.


Remember when I gave away 8 UXF classes? Well, the time has come to give away 8 vBarre classes at New York Sports Club!

These classes are once a week for 8 weeks.


Description: Vbarre transcends the typical ballet barre exercise class by blending ballet, Pilates and resistance training into a calorie-burning workout. The result is a lean and sculpted body in minimal time. Choreographed movements using a ballet barre, light weights and a glide board are set to motivating music.

I’m excited to try this class, I’ve never taken any kind of bar class whatsoever, so it’s going to be a completely new experience for me. I start my classes Monday, July 9th at 7:15pm at the NYSC on East 36th Street in Manhattan.

These classes are available at most (but not all) NYSC around the city. If you win, you will get your choice of location and time. The next round of classes start the week of July 9th, so be ready!

Leave me a comment telling me you want to win!

I will randomly pick a winner Thursday, July 28th at 9pm.

Good luck!

*You don’t have to be a member of New York Sports Club to win!

15. June 2012 · 3 comments · Categories: NYC Class · Tags:


As you know, or maybe you don’t, but I’ve been taking these UXF classes for the past 2 weeks and they have been kicking my butt! Kristin and I missed the very first class, which is the baseline class, but we were able to make it up tonight. Technically it should be done in the very beginning, but this was the only chance we had to make it up as soon as possible.

How does it work? The baseline is just that, a baseline that is used at the very beginning to measure where you are at. This same exercise will then be repeated during the very last class to measure how much progress you have made. This ended up being my 3rd class, since I had to miss last night’s due to a work party.


We did these 5 exercises for a minute each, with 15 seconds of rest in between each one. After the set, we rested for 30 seconds and then started again. I had a really strong class tonight and it felt great! It was just Kristin and I tonight, but usually it’s us and about 3-4 other guys and I am definitely the weakest in the class. I don’t mind being the one who needs the most work, but for some reason the class on Tuesday was a little disheartening. I was ready to kick ass tonight and I’m glad to say that I pulled through and I felt great after class was over. I can barely use my arms, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

I used to think I was pretty good at push ups, but they have become the bane of my existence within this class. I die just doing them during the warm up.

Each class starts with a warm up and then goes into a circuit style workout that usually encompasses kettle bells, jump ropes, your own body weight, TRX straps, and sometimes this giant tire! I actually missed the tire in last nights class 🙁 and I’m kind of sad about it. I hope it gets used again, I can’t even imagine what you would do with it!


Anyway, this class is awesome and I HIGHLY recommend it. I definitely see myself going back in the future once this class is through. I don’t plan on doing it during marathon training, but I would love to pick it up again once the winter hits. It’s a whole body workout, but I feel it most in my arms and my core and I know I will be stronger once the session is done. Consider this a partial review since I am only halfway through the session. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the classes.

After my first class (technically the 2nd class of the series) I was sore for 4 days…like really sore. I had a hard time getting out of bed because my abs hurt so much. I literally had to roll out of my bed just to get up, it was crazy.

Anyway, so far so good. I’m off to eat some dinner and relax. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

What are your plans this weekend? I’m hoping to get an 8 mile run in, try to hold me to it, okay?