We signed up for Physique at 6:30 AM on a Thursday morning and expected it to be packed. We imagined ourselves fighting Mean Girls-style for a shower, but luckily it was spring break time and there were only five people in the class. The class was a perfect mix of challenging and fun and was a great way to start a Thursday!
When selecting a barre class in NYC, there are almost as many options as there are pizza joints. Physique 57 is certainly at the top of the list. The instructors are top notch, each class follows the same fast-paced pattern, and the studios have everything you need. Physique 57 is a true full body workout, targeting arms, thighs, seat and, of course, abs. The workout is challenging, but you get the hang of it quickly. Each workout starts with anywhere from 10-15 minutes worth of arm work. Just when you feel as though your arms are going to fall off, it’s on to the next move and before you know it, you’re moving on to a quick set of pushups and plank work. The heart of the workout comes when you move to the barre and get into the thigh and seat work. Your legs and booty will be on fire as you do two sets of each move, but the good news is that there are a few quick stretch breaks in between to get you through it. When you get to the last three ab sets, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s worth fighting through to the end.
Word of wisdom: you need to wear grip socks in each class so make sure to pack them if you have them. If you don’t own a pair, you can pick some up at the front desk.
Julianne was just the burst of energy we needed to get out of our sleep-induced coma and into workout mode. Her music was upbeat and fun and matched the tone of the class perfectly. She remembered everyone’s name throughout the class and was very helpful with adjustments and tweaks. Her class, like all Physique classes, followed the traditional arms, pushups, thighs, seat, abs routine but she made the class her own with variations and challenges. We will definitely be back to Julianne!
The Spring Street location is sleek and clean and very conveniently located next to the A/C/E train. This location has two studios, a wonderful front desk, three showers and a room full of lockers. The showers have shampoo, conditioner, and body wash and there are a handful of blowdryers – everything you need!
161 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013 SoHo Barre $$$$
Physique 57 Spring Street
SoHo Barre, $$$$
161 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013
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