When a workout is dubbed “pilates on crack”, you know you’re in for the real deal. SLT (Strength, Lengthen, Tone) is a genius mix of pilates and strength training that uses resistance weight on a Megaformer. Whether it be planking, twisting, lunging or pulsing, you will shake shake shake and be sore in places you didn’t know existed after this full body workout. At $40 a class (*$20 for your first time), SLT is at the height of the NYC workout class expense barometer, but produces real results and is often a favorite pre-wedding, must-fit-into-my-jean-shorts workout. Even if you could afford it, SLT is not designed to be done every day. You should aim for 1-3 (max) times a week. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t catch the SLT bug the first time around; most people don’t feel comfortable until they have a few classes under their belt. And one more PSA: this is not a workout you want to attempt after one too many margaritas. Show up ready to focus and dig deep.
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.
Yoo-Sun is one of SLT’s toughest instructors, but her intensity is balanced by her patience and undeniable “cool factor’. Yoo-Sun is the perfect instructor to take if you’re just getting your feet wet with SLT, but you’ll also likely want to stick with her if/when you get hooked. Her classes at SLT SoHo are usually balanced between core/oblique work and legs, but your arms rarely get off easy. To top it all off, she is a former musician and her playlists don’t let you forget it. Give Yoo-Sun a try, your body will thank you.
SLT studios are lean and mean. With 10 Megaformers and two bathrooms (no locker room/showers), the SLT Soho 10th floor studio is designed for class-goers to get in and get out. The elevator opens up to a room full of Megaformers, a check-in desk with the essentials (hair ties, gum, bottles of water for $1) and cubbies to stash your stuff.
132 Crosby Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10012 SoHo Pilates $$$$$
SoHo Pilates, $$$$$
132 Crosby Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10012
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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!
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 most notable thing about Francesca was her swift transitions and flow between moves. The workout started with a core-heavy warm up, with some arms in the mix, too. The leg portion of the workout definitely felt like the heart of the workout. It was filled with side lunges, carriage kicks, elevator lunges, donkey kicks, and scrambled eggs, to name a few. The core and oblique series were excruciating, but we felt very accomplished after we somehow made it through. The workout ended with mountain climbers and firecrawls. Yowza!
Francesca is one of the most popular SLT instructors. Trust us, she is worth duking it out with other SLTers on Tuesdays at 11 AM (SLT Sign Up in case you forgot). Francesca brings an intensity to her classes and forces you to forget the outside world and focus on this workout and this workout only for 50 solid minutes. At the same time, she brings a fun, energetic vibe to class and spends her time bouncing around and adjusting clients. Francesca is the ultimate fitness guru and she also happens to be an incredible yoga teacher. Hit her up!