305 Fitness is like Zumba on sexy, sweaty steroids. There’s a flirty swag that’s incorporated into all the movements, which is prevalent from the second the live DJ drops a beat. The bass is bumping, the instructor gets the hype in the room to a level 10, while colored lights shine through the dimly lit room to you get moving. Think of the opening number to a Beyonce concert…but you’re Beyonce!
From the minute class begins you’re workin’ it and won’t stop until the cool down in the last minutes of class. The warm-up is followed by a series of themed choreo sections like Dance Hall and Hip-Hop. The movements are danceable squats, jumps, arm work and a whole lotta shakin’ whatcha momma gave ya. You WANT to sweat–like literally drip puddles! Following the dance moves there’s some partner work, aka two lines of people facing each other and engaging in some good ol’ friendly competition. The result? Smiles and motivational ‘YASS GET IT!’ chants. Following partner work were some basic abs and squats.
Sylver, or Silver as he introduces himself, brought out smiles across the room. This man got us all jumping around like we were hitting the Miami club scene on a Monday night. He successfully created a zero judgement zone while doing almost the entire class alongside us, creating a team feeling. We were all in it together. There was a lot of chants of “Woo!” and “Yes!” from Sylvester throughout class that helped us shuffle faster, squat lower and body roll like we were in an R. Kelly music video. Class flew by as Sylvester masked all the tough ab, leg, arm and booty work with amazing dance moves and contagious charisma.
305 Fitness takes place at BSC Lab (formerly BFX Studio). It’s a nice change of pace to not wait in line to shower, take our time spreading out in the locker room and drying our hair without ten girls breathing down our necks. Space is nice, we forgot what if felt like.
The main entrance on Boylston Street leads you to the front desk and a small retail area with branded workout gear. The fitness classes, spin studio, personal training area, and locker rooms are all located downstairs … underground. None of the rooms are huge but they do make good use of the space. There is even a “social bar” with magazines and computers in case you need to catch up on your celebrity gossip before class. The locker rooms are spacious and include showers, toilets, lockers, free products, and towel service just like many of the other newer gyms in the area.
699 Boylston Street, Boston MA Back Bay Dance $$$
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699 Boylston Street, Boston MA
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Sylvester, or Silver as he introduces himself, brought out smiles across the room. This man got us all jumping around like we were hitting the Miami club scene on a Monday night. He successfully created a zero judgement zone while doing almost the entire class alongside us, creating a team feeling. We were all in it together. There was a lot of chants of “Woo!” and “Yes!” from Sylvester throughout class that helped us shuffle faster, squat lower and body roll like we were in an R. Kelly music video. Class flew by as Sylvester masked all the tough ab, leg, arm and booty work with amazing dance moves and contagious charisma.
You’ll be bouncing off the walls from the energy of Wisty’s 305 Fitness Original class. Seriously, Starbucks who? Get ready to shake it, and we mean all of it, to real time remixes by a live DJ. Somehow, without you even realizing it, your calves, quads, booty, abs and arms will be heavy AF after class. If you don’t call yourself a dancer, show up anyways and let loose. It’s not so serious- just get moving. Here’s the thing; not all workouts have to be about impeccable form and stone faced focus. Flip your hair, pop your booty, LIVE IT and feel f*cking fabulous while doing it.
After a super brief class overview and intro of both herself and our awesome live DJ, Wisty started jumping around, and did NOT stop grooving for 55 minutes. The warm up gives you a feel for what the rest of class will be like; a real live dance hall in the BSC Lab complete with colored lights and booty popping. Wisty will introduce some simple combos that create the foundation of movement throughout the class. Get ready for some cardio sprints sprinkled into the hour: high knees, high kicks, jumping jacks and some twerking in a WAY low squat that the Ying Yang Twins would be impressed with. Mid class we worked on toning of the buns, which is the only time we weren’t on our feet and moving. A group circle cardio sprint finished things off with a bang so that we had to gulp for air during the stretch that followed.
Did you ever play with Mexican Jumping Beans as a kid? Wisty is a real live jumping bean with positive smiling energy that doesn’t quit. Throughout class she will prompt you to change direction constantly with a “Woop Woop” on the mic and demo keeping you on your toes, literally and figuratively. She’ll weave her way through everyone, and dance right beside, or in front of you to get you going. If you’re ever having a bad day, go see Wisty. You can’t help but smile when she’s around.
Note: 305 Fitness has moved to BSC Lab (formerly BFX Studio) on Boylston Street.
Tuesdays are such a drag until you hit up Zach’s class, aka gaggles of chicks and the occasional dude who ‘slay’ as the kids say. You can not stop yourself from smiling when this guy is on the mic… In fact we dare you to try NOT to smile. Expect to feel like the amazing bish you that you truly are after some booty pops, shakes, twerks and whatever else your ass can do when some epic beats drop. Tuesdays will never be the same.
Like all 305 classes, once the live DJ gets to spinning you will be moving for the next 55 minutes outside of the brief 5-10 minute toning section where your feet are still while your muscles get swole. Constant direction and choreo changes kept us on our toes, literally while Zach led the crew. Being shy is not a thing at 305, and even less of a thing in Zach’s class as he weaved through the super packed class engaging whomever he felt needed a little boost with a ‘YAS GIRL’ or ‘ MHM, yes you did’ with an up close and personal comment. After a warm up, sprint and toning section we broke off into 4 groups for minute long circuits of fast feet, air squats, etc. with our ring leader in the center coaxing us to push it! From there we got our dance on with some hip hop choreo followed by a circle of stretch to end class and best believe the energy was ‘ALLLLLL the way up’ in the words of Fat Joe and Remy Ma.
In a word “Yas.” Zach encompasses what 305 is with sass for days, non stop sweat inducing energy and not taking things too seriously. Laughing burns cals, and he had us dying nonstop on top of the already impressive fat burning workout. Sweating and sore muscles are important things to walk away with from a group class, but feeling like you’re flippin’ fabulous and prepared for world takeover with your positive vibes? That’s harder to find in a workout, and Zach gave us that and we can’t thank him enough.
This is the perfect mid weekend workout to prep you for your evening plans. With a dark room, colored lights and live music you might even forget what time it is and mistake noon for 10:30pm because this shiz is THAT hype. Honestly, for us it’s even better than a night out because dripping in sweat is encouraged! ‘Sweat is sexy’ is the motto of 305 and we never felt hotter leaving class. That mesh top you feel is ‘too much’ for bootcamp? Bring that ish to 305 and put it to ‘werk’ 😉
Per ush class was all about movin’ and groovin’ to some fresh and sassy live beats without much rest at all except for the moments between circuits midway through class. We began with a warm up followed by a sprint (aka 3 minutes of REAL intense cardio) and then broke into groups for circuits. The energy dropped a bit when we spent a minute at a time on some ab work, curtsey lunges (a minute for both sides) and push-ups but THEN things got LIT. Each circuit group became a squad where one person did a cardio move of their choice (high knees, burpees, jump squats, etc.) for 30 seconds in the center of their group with cheers and claps to keep them going. The Segway from HIIT training to the hip-hop section was a giant dance circle getting the crew to get their swag on. From there we got our ‘Yonce moves going and ended class with a group stretch.
Michelle exudes an aura of genuine kindness and makes a point to tell everyone in her class to ‘do you’ reminding us all that class is what we make it! Her sick outfits (yas girl, we noticed how fly your threads are!), and energy got us going midday on a weekend. She led us as a group through direction changes, choreo and strength work, and encouraged individuals with a mimic of our sweet moves or some lovin over the mic. Thanks for all the feel good vibes Michelle!
Bootcamp gets a seriously sassy makeover with Jess rocking it out on the dance floor. The only difference between the ‘Basic’ and ‘Original’ class is that the ‘Basic’ class has a longer toning section. Other than an extra 5 minutes of non cardio work, the classes are very similar. Expect to drip with sweat as you shimmy, shake and drop it low for 55 minutes. As the kids say, gotta ‘get it right, get it tight’ and 305 will DEFINITELY help with that without you even realizing it!
Jess got us to grooving seconds after our live DJ dropped his first beat and outside of the 10 minute toning section midway through class we didn’t stop. The first 10 minutes were considered the warm up, but let’s be honest we were sweating after a minute or two of jumping into low squats, Shakira-worthy hip gyrating and non stop direction changes. Next up, a cardio sprint where we went HAM with nonstop movement at a quick pace. Yeah, it was tough but after the sprint regular cardio didn’t feel so tough! 25 pound kettle bells helped us tone our lower bodies with some swings, squats and split lunges. Our heart rates were way up during these more controlled movements- the epitome of active recovery. The second sprint of class was bootcamp style: 4 stations (burpies with a jump, jump rope, skaters, knee pulls into chest with our feet on sliders) and 45 seconds per exercise. We finished with the hip-hop dance section where we dropped it lower than ever and shook out whatever we had left to give. Jess ended class with a guided stretch in a circle.
So, we really couldn’t get enough of Jess and her all smiles approach to teaching. As with any class teachers bring their own style, and hers was fab. It was clear she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to form and which modification to use if necessary. And even if you couldn’t hear a word she was saying, she showed us what to do too… Oh and in case you need a little inspiration to get your feet moving just peep her abs (#summergoals). Everything we did was accessible to any level of fitness, and that’s what this class is all about!