I chose this one in particular for a couple of reasons. One – I’m using ClassPass to test out the first few of the 100 fitness classes (helloooo, cost effectiveness). Two – Zone5 is right near my office and made for a quick commute over to the studio right after I got out. It looks like they have one location, but the three owners own quite a few gyms and studios around the Boston area.
The website is broken into two main descriptions – the Science & the Workout. The idea of the workout is intervals done as a group – reading on the site after the fact, the workout is supposed to be coordinated with a heart monitor that is meant to analyze stats during your time there (which my class didn’t include- not sure why). The ‘science’ is focused on the benefits of HIIT workouts (“an enhanced form of interval training comprising alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods”- cred: zone5fitness.com).
Pros: I’ve been looking for something to help tone – as cardio is obviously my only workout constant. This definitely worked out muscles I wasn’t focusing on (out of pure ignorance, if I had to admit it, I generally just don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to weight lifting and endurance). At first, I was sweating, but not nearly as much as a long run or a spin class. I left almost feeling bummed, and even went to SoulCycle AFTER because I felt the workout didn’t do it for me. The next day – holy. crap. I haven’t been that sore since high school two-a-days ! I did even notice tightening in my abs, arms and quads – trouble areas I was satisfyingly happy were sore. If you don’t have Class Pass, you can try this place out for free via an intro offer on their website. They also have a gym area that outside of scheduled classes, you can utilize for your own workouts.
Cons: Although the workout served it’s purpose, I can’t say I’d come back here again. The format of the class is an instructor showing you sixteen exercizes and you memorizing them for 60 minutes. With a memory worse than Dory from Finding Nemo, I remembered the first two exercizes and then had to keep asking the poor teacher to remind me what I was supposed to (:15 of my 1:00 minute alloted per move). From there, I felt at times I was still doing it wrong, or if she was too far to get her attention I ended up improvizing! I felt super awkward as someone who had never taken the class before and definitely stood out like a sore thumb. I probably wouldn’t go back for the mere fear of running into the poor guy who had to watch me figure out exactly how I was supposed to do the sit-up/medicine ball combination? She does write them on the board, but in fitness terms – what in the hell is a ‘dead bug’? The equipment here is also rather old and outdated – if you care about that sort of thing (doesn’t really bother me – but I can see why it would be a con for some gym-enthusiasts).
Overall, I’d give this fitness class three stars. While the workout seemed to serve its purpose, that’s only if you remember what you’re supposed to be doing…definitely not for someone with a shitty memory who’s also socially awkward, that’s for sure.