New YorkBarre, Bootcamp, Dance, HIIT, Pilates, Yoga
BANDIER’s Studio B has been in need of a revamp, and that process is finally underway. Meanwhile, the class hub for Instagram fitfluencers and celebrity trainers has a pop-up style home base in NoHo. The studio is located at the back of the pop-up store, which definitely is dangerous for your wallet as your eyes peruse all the sale racks as you walk through.
Studio B features some of the most notable trainers in NYC, as well as their Instafamous clients (i.e. Hannah Bronfman and Arielle Charnas). Bec Donlan’s Babes x Bands class makes regular appearances on the studio’s schedule, and it’s for a good reason. We swear this class will work parts of your butt and thighs you didn’t even know you had.
The Babes x Bands full-body class is entirely based around resistance (“booty”) bands. Fundamental HIIT moves are amplified with the SWB bands, which immediately up the burn for both cardio and strength. We LOVE that this whole class incorporates the band for a full-body impact, rather than using it just as an accessory for a sculpting section. The exercises are great, and the results are evident. We definitely see this class as one you can sample a few times and then replicate at home.
Unfortunately, there was a significant break between each set of circuits. In all fairness, the class happened to be sponsored by a brand that is run by several of Bec’s friends, and she clearly used breaks to network. However, that noticeably impacted the pace of the class. While exercise was highly (repeat, HIGHLY) effective at making our lower body ache, we feel we should have kept the momentum up more to get the best workout.
Bec, AKA the Cake Maker, has a holistic but down-to-earth approach to her craft. And she is for sure a cheeky instructor – pun definitely intended. Her method is effective, and she knows it – and shows that by sweating alongside us during the workout. We loved her candor and her authenticity in class. Out of breath, she would say how f*^king hard that last set was, but she’d still continue to push us harder. She pays close attention to students’ abilities – there are certainly cult class takers in her domain, so she knows their limits and can gauge their need to further challenge themselves or take a step back. We noticed that she tossed some students heavier resistance bands mid-class, and we were impressed that she didn’t let anything slide.
We did, however, struggle to feel fully included in a class filled up with of her Sweat with Bec clique. Bec was of course friendly and welcoming when we introduced ourselves, but she catered the class to her regulars and friends. Considering the class was in partnership with a brand, we can’t fault Bec for giving them extra special attention, but we were disappointed to feel so lost in the scene-y environment.
BANDIER has evolved into what Vogue calls a stylish fitness emporium, and we’d have thought its pop-up class studio would attempt to create that vibe as much as possible. However, the space lacks the glamour and energy of the brand, as if BANDIER is treating it just as temporary space.
The studio space itself is pretty significant, with ample piles of equipment tucked in a corner for class use. In addition to the workout space, the pop-up Studio B offers a decently sized lounge area as well as a changing room, including lockers, curtained-off changing booths, and three bathrooms. There aren’t showers, but the studio offers plenty of primping products to get you cleaned up for work or happy hour.
636 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 SoHo Yoga $$$
Studio B at Bandier
SoHo Barre, Bootcamp, Dance, HIIT, Pilates, Yoga $$$
636 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
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This class is definitely a bit of a see and be seen workout with the majority of attendees outfitted in their trendy Bandier best. Studio B is on the second floor of the Bandier store in Flatiron, and the line waiting for the class to open goes all the way down the stairs and into the store. For first timers, we recommend grabbing a spot somewhere in the center of the room slightly towards the back. Keep in mind, this class is packed and there are no designated spots so you want to get right in and grab a position. The large studio has a full mirrored wall in the front which can be intimidating if you don’t know the moves yet, but you want to be close enough to the center to get a good view of Amanda.
The warmup sets the tone for the class with jumping, clapping and dancing to the music. The energy in the room goes from 0-100 right away. Each song has a choreographed dance that gets your heart rate up while toning your muscles in all the right places, especially your core. The choreography is taught step by step, then running through the sequence to a slower practice song. Then you’ll pick up the pace to a faster new beat. The musical selection ranged but mainly was top 40 pop-oriented. Even though you learn the steps before putting them into action, the dances require both your brain and body to work in unison to really get the moves down and this can take a few repetitions.
If you are easily scared off by this type of thing, it’s important to note that you are never singled out and Amanda is dancing and instructing every step of the way. Quite honestly, everyone is so busy dancing and watching themselves or Kloots in the mirror that no one will really notice or care about any mis-steps you may take … and we made a lot. By the end of the class, you feel like you’ve just ended a seriously fun and sweaty dance party with all of your friends.
Amanda Kloots makes you feel comfortable and supported with her huge smile dancing alongside you. You can tell how much fun she’s having and that really brings the energy up in the room, making it fun for all. She’ll make her way side to side in the room making sure that everyone can see what she’s doing, but there are no hands-on adjustments. She keeps the momentum of the class pretty fast so if you’re stumped on a move or footwork, there won’t be any stopping and waiting for you to get it right. However, she will definitely stick around after class to help out, chat, take pictures, and make you feel like you’re taking class from a friend.