Class Review

Wednesday 9 – 10 am/ 23 August – Bike + Body

Challenge level: 4/5

It’s all in the name. This class features 30 minutes of intense spin intervals, set to a well curated playlist, and is followed by a series of full body strengthening moves. This is recommended for those looking for a good, sweaty workout that covers all your bases! Perfect for those who struggle to fit workouts into busy schedules.

Monday 5 – 6 pm/ 21 August – Tabata with Nikki

Challenge level: 5/5

Not for the faint of heart! Nikki has upped the ante by adding another round of calisthenic exercises. Prepare yourself for burpees, grapevines and skaters. This class is great everyone – whether you’re looking to break out of a fitness plateau or just to break a serious sweat. Thank goodness the gym has a stockpile of towels!

Saturday 5 – 5:45 pm/ 19 August – Barre Oustide! with Jen

Challenge level: 4/5

As part of the summer-long Stroll series on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, the Body Reverve’s very own Barre/Pilates instructor Jen hosted an outdoor class open to passerby. This class was a great window into what Jen usually offers: a wince inducing workout designed to shape your bottom half while strengthening all over. Unless you’re down for a serious challenge, don’t try this two days in a row!

Friday 9:15 – 10:15 am/ 18 August – Barre with Jen

Challenge level: 4/5

This class is not for the weak willed. Jen switches up her class this week to replace breaks between sets with active recovery, so expect to be moving constantly. A heavy emphasis on working the hips, legs and core makes this class perfect for every kind of fitness goal. Bring your A-game to get through many challenging reps.

Thursday 6 – 7 pm/ 17 August – Mat Pilates with Ebony

Challenge level: 4/5

Expect a challenging, core focused workout with Ebony. This class, blessed with a diligent instructor and a modest number of attendees, will allow you to hone in on your posture and form. Not cardiovascularly intensive, you will be walking away pleasantly sore and with new moves to add to your own routine.

Wednesday 10 – 11 am / 9 August – Core Conditioning

Challenge level: 2/5

Another class with Dolores! A bit more of challenging than her Hatha Yoga class, the goal is pretty self explanatory. Core Conditioning is designed to improve your balance and functional mobility. You will be using exercise balls and light weights to work your obliques, abs and back. Great for all ages and all fitness levels, this class is a good supplement to your summer fitness routine.

Tuesday 9 – 10 am / 8 August – Hatha Yoga with Dolores

Challenge Level: 1/5

Breathing exercises, slow stretching… this is the perfect class to take after something challenging such as Tabata! Hatha is meant to facilitate physical and spiritual alignment. The instructor, Dolores, has recently earned a new yoga qualification and has pioneered various yoga-based physical therapy practices, so there is a lot to learn. This class is popular so be sure to get there on time. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Monday 5 – 6 pm / 7 August – Tabata with Nikki

Challenge Level: 5/5

A Japanese HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout, this class will leave you breathless. This class is well worth the challenge. The instructor Nikki is remniscent of an inspirational sports coach as she pushes you to finish your burpees and jump squats. This class is great for people looking for a fully body, cardiovascular and calisthenics based workout. Expect to burn a lot of calories and to wake up sore the next day.

Friday 9:15 – 10:15 am / 4 August – Barre with Jen

Challenge Level: 4/5

Prepare for a no barre barre class. It entails many plank variations and will work your core, shoulders and hips. There’s a good chance your limbs will be shaking! Jen blends pilates and barre techniques to give you a serious full body workout.

Thursday 6 – 7 pm / 3 August – Pilates with Ebony

Challenge Level: 3/5

Pilates with a serious focus on core exercises. The instructor, Ebony, will make everything look easy but you will be walking away sore. This class is relaxing yet invigorating and will serve to improve your overall strength and flexibility.

Tuesday 5 – 5:45 pm / 1 August – Spin with Vinny feat. Lady Gaga

Challenge Level: 4/5

This class is for serious fans of Lady Gaga. The instructor, Vinny, incorporates his knowledge of yoga and guides you through imaginary hills and the singer’s extensive discography. This class will you leave sweaty and with a renewed appreciation for Lady Gaga’s impressive range. Vinny will be teaching on Tuesday’s @ 5 pm and Thursdays @ 10:15 am. There’s no doubt you will have some new songs stuck in your head 😉