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.


  1. that does sound like fun. i wish they had it here in LA.

  2. Ethan Baum is a fabulous trainer! Sarcastic, puts you down, then lifts you up to new kettlebell weight heights!!! But seriously, I loved going to the class and hope to return in the winter months when the extra padding mysteriously appears…not the sports equipment type…

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