Fitness

Class Review: Slide at Brrrn

THE DEETS:

Brrrn

107 W. 20th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Pricing: First Class FREE, $34/class

** Promo Ending 2/14: 2-for-1 special = $34

** AVAILABLE ON CLASSPASS

THE STUDIO:

The studio is located in the flatiron district, just a few blocks from the 23rd street Path/Subway stop. When you walk in there is a front desk to check you in, as well as a small retail section. Depending on which class you are taking, you will be given any necessary equipment, as well as a towel (for the Slide class they give you booties to put over your sneakers).

They have a women’s locker room but it is super small. They have about 10-12 lockers in there for you to put away your stuff. The locker room has 3 showers, as well as 2 bathroom stalls. I did like that they offered full service showers, as well as hairdryers/hair products for you to use. Unfortunately, it gets super packed in there because it is so small so it is hard to actually get ready in there. They do also offer a set of lockers in the front lobby of the space, so you can also put your stuff away there.

THE CLASS:

All of the classes offered are in cool temperatures to maximize your workout. They have researched and found so many benefits to working out to cooler temperatures, which is why they are a fitness studio focused on these style of classes. They recommend wearing light layers, like you were preparing for a brisk fall day.

The class I took was called “Slide,” which is a 50-minute, low to mid-impact class focused on light resistance training with SandBells and lateral training on the Brrrn Slide Board to improve balance, core strength and total body conditioning. They class is set to a temperature of 55º F. I took class with Scoot Freeman and he was an amazing instructor. His music and energy kept me going and motivated me to keep fighting throughout the class.

The class is broken up into three sections:

  1. The first section starts out with ab work and then goes into learning the movements on the Brrrn Slide Board. This first portion is get you comfortable using the slide board, as well as learn the movements that will be incorporated throughout class at a more intense speed.
  2. The second section is core and resistance training focused. We did planks, ab twists, and used the SandBells for arm and core strengthening.
  3. The third and final section is the cardio burst. We take the moves we learned throughout class and do them at a much more high intensity to get our heart rates up and our muscles burning.

My body was shaking the entire class and while I was working hard, I wasn’t sweating too much due to the cold temperatures. This was unlike any other workout I have done before.

I also wanted to share some of the benefits you can get from working out in these cooler temperatures:

  • Burns more calories because people expend five times more energy when cold
  • Your body can regulate its temperature – keeping your body temperature regulated helps you perform longer in workouts
  • Cold exposure makes you happy and boosts your immune system
  • And MUCH MORE!

BOTTOM LINE:

If you are looking for a fun way to switch up your workout routine, this is a great class! They have different style classes in cooler temperatures for you to try out: Flow (60º F), Slide (55º F), HIT+Slide (50º F), and HIT (45º F). They also offer Infrared Sauna sessions.

While this was a class definitely outside of my comfort zone, I don’t think I would add it into my daily workout routine. I did like the class and felt like I got a good workout but honestly the experience with the locker room doesn’t make me want to do at a time that is busy, which it normally is. I would go back on a weekend when I didn’t have to really use the locker room or if a friend wanted to try it out. I don’t think I would pay for a membership or a class-pack there but would be something I would use extra ClassPass credits for.

Needless to say, if you have never tried a class in cooler temperatures, this is something you should try! The instructors are great and the class is challenging and pushes you outside your comfort zone.

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