For those of you who don’t live or work in close proximity to SLT’s Midtown location, we highly suggest a trip. The new Megaformers and Amanda Rey are both worth the trek! We’d heard good things about Amanda, but hadn’t had the pleasure of taking her class. She greeted us with a big smile and remembered our names throughout the class. As to be expected, our bodies were shaking for most of the 50 minutes, and we could really feel the results the next day. We’ll definitely be seeing more of Amanda Rey.
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.
You are in good hands with Amanda Rey. She is one of SLT’s most popular instructors and after a few minutes with her, you can see why. She guides you through her routines with a clear and inspiring voice. Amanda is great with names and remembering faces and is very attentive to everyone in the class. In addition to her core-focused routines, her classes often offer a bit more cardio than other instructors – so prepare to break a sweat!
SLT Midtown location is our favorite studio. This location is the only one with the new Megaformers, which are much bigger and easier to navigate. Similar to the other SLT studios, the space is one big room with two bathrooms (no showers) and cubbies to stash your stuff. This location gets good natural light from skylights and windows on both sides!
41 W 57th St 8 Floor, New York, NY 10019 Midtown Pilates $$$$$
Midtown Pilates, $$$$$
41 W 57th St 8 Floor, New York, NY 10019
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We think you can tell a lot about an SLT class from the warm-up, so when Emily dove right into the ab work – we knew we were in for a ride. After the ab-intensive warmup, Emily moved into leg work, including everything from leg presses and squats to scrambled eggs and leg lifts. The middle segment focused on the arms and back and she finished the class with a final set of abs.
We thought we knew “bubbly” until we took Emily Calhoun’s class. She is an absolute ray of sunshine and just the thing we needed to wake up on a Thursday morning. We knew Emily had a loyal following and we quickly understood why: She is an absolute pro. Emily makes class fun – you’ll find yourself smiling and laughing along with her. Her workouts are tough, but she explains each move and transition clearly. Take our word for it – Emily lives up to the hype!
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!
Amanda Jenny is just the burst of energy you need to power through a grueling SLT class! No matter how you feel when you walk into the studio, we guarantee you’re going to feel better when you walk out. Amanda is bouncy and upbeat and is a natural motivator. Her workouts are hard, but she’s right there with you to adjust and encourage you not to drop to your knees and give up.
Amanda’s class was heavy on the arms and core. Don’t get us wrong, your legs will get their fair share of pain because Amanda’s class hits all areas of your body, including those you’ve forgotten about! The warm up was heavy on the core, obliques and abs. The leg/butt series came next and featured an array of lunges, scrambled eggs and donkey kicks. The hardest part for us was the seat work, but we felt the real results the next day. Amanda’s classes usually finish with a bit of cardio and in our case, we found ourselves finishing this tough class with a lightning round of burpees.