Generally we prefer early morning workouts if we can force ourselves out of bed, but we decided to switch it up and try Jill DeMarco’s class after work. From the minute we arrived at her 6:30 PM class, we were very quickly rethinking my normal routine. The SLT Flatiron studio was buzzing from the 5:30 PM class that had just finished and, judging by the red and sweaty faces, we knew we were in for a tough one. Jill was worth the routine change. She started with a chill-ish warm-up and quickly moved into a challenging full body workout. We left feeling energized and motivated.
Each routine at SLT is different, but generally starts with a warmup to get the blood flowing and then moves into leg, oblique and core series with a bit of arms and cardio sprinkled in throughout the 50 minutes. Whether the move be a plank, pike, push up, squat, teaser, mermaid, scrambled egg, bear (to name a select few of SLT’s gazillion moves), you can expect to be in it for roughly 45-90 seconds. Luckily, the name of the game at SLT is fast transitions and before you know it, you’ll be on to the next move.
Jill DeMarco brings the heat! Her routines are tough – we walked out looking like we had just jumped in the Hudson River. But don’t be intimidated, because Jill offers variations depending on your level so you can take it at your own pace, and her energy encourages you to push your limits. Rather than adjusting each individual, she will voice general adjustments to the class which is great if you’d prefer not to be picked on 🙂
SLT Flatiron is incredibly conveniently located and is definitely one of the most popular studios. Similar to other SLT locations, the room is filled with 12 Megaformers, two bathrooms (no showers), a front desk and cubbies to stash your stuff.
137 5th Ave, Floor 2, New York, NY 10010 Flatiron Pilates $$$$$
Flatiron Pilates, $$$$$
137 5th Ave, Floor 2, New York, NY 10010
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Amy started the class by warning us that the routine was complicated and featured several spring changes, but her instructions were so clear and easy to follow that we easily survived! Her warmup was a flow sequence starting with catfish and several other core and leg exercises. The leg series was definitely the bulk of the workout and featured leg presses, lunges and scrambled eggs, to name a few. In between leg series, we worked our arms and back and got some cardio in. The class finished with plank variations.
Amy McDermott was a burst of energy! Her warm and bubbly nature inspired us to give her class 100%. Amy gave everyone in the class individual attention and provided general tips to help the class. Her transitions flowed seamlessly – she is efficient and wastes no time! Amy is definitely worth checking out!
The class started with a low key warm-up on a heavy spring set – think child’s pose curl into some planking and firecrawls. Brady then moved into the legs, working mostly off the back of the machine. The leg series started with leg press, moved into squat lunges, and ended with a set of donkey and spider kicks. In between the two leg series, there was a set of core and arm work. The work-out finished with sets of burpees, mermaids and firecrawls. Perfect way to start or end the work day!
Mark is one of SLT’s sweetest and most encouraging instructors. He is soft spoken, but articulates his routines clearly and concisely. Mark strikes a good balance with his workouts: his classes are not so challenging that they will overwhelm newcomers, but they also won’t disappoint those who hit up SLT on the reg. If you are thinking of trying SLT for the first time, Mark is your man. You cannot beat his patience and great attitude!