This past weekend I was invited to attend a Health and Wellness event in which The Fitness Cell, a New York City based private training gym, was offering specialty classes with their team of instructors. The Fitness Cell bills itself as “the Upper East Side’s best-kept secret,” which may explain why I had never heard of it before. (Well, that, and I don’t visit the UES all that often.) Prior to the event, I did a little digging, and found that the fitness center offers a pretty unique spin on personal training. According to the team, “Clients work 1-on-1 with several coaches, rotating on a per-session basis to avoid stagnation and plateaus.” The workouts have a strong focus on kinesiology, and the trainers take into account clients’ abilities and goals to create a customized fitness program for them. As a person who really appreciates personal attention and correction while workout out, this sounded pretty cool. So I went. And it was.
The 2pm class was small. (Tiny, actually. There were 3 students, 2 of which were me and Hubs. Yes, I dragged him along for the ride. He had fun, for the record.) We started with a floor-based pilates series taught by The Fitness Cell’s pilates instructor Heather Culton. Though I’ve taken pilates classes in small group settings in the past, 3 on 1 was an all-together different experience. Heather asked if we were feeling each exercise in the proper muscle group, and if we weren’t she provided a modification immediately. I loved her energy and her hardcore-ness- she really made us work.
For the last 20 minutes of class, we were passed along to one of The Fitness Cell’s three founders, Larry Twohig, for a calisthenics push. Lunges, squats, jump squats, push-ups, and lots and lots of plank-based exercises were thrown at us in rapid-fire succession. We were left huffing and puffing by the end. I found myself thinking that many of the exercises we performed would be perfect for a discreet office/gym-less workout, since the only props used in the class were a chair and our own body weight. If your normal work day is anything like mine and consists of sitting followed by some more sitting, then this workout may be for you. Larry was kind enough to email me the circuit so that I could share it with you:
- 20 chair squats
- 20 jump squats
- 20 push-ups (either on the floor or against a chair/desk)
- Walking lunges across the room and back
- 30 second plank
- 15 “plank pointers” on each side (extend opposite arm and leg)
- 20 burpees/squat thrusts
- 1-legged balance deadlifts (15 per leg)
I’m a fan of the roundtable approach to fitness. I think it keeps a person engaged, and allows you to experience different styles of trainers who each have specialties in various methodologies. If you are an Upper East Sider who is looking for this type of personal training experience, you may want to check these guys out.
While I was offered a free class, I was not obligated to write about my experience at the Health & Wellness event. All opinions, as always, are my own.