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Wednesday
Jul062011

SculptWorks | NYC

Class: SculptWorksSculptWorks | NYC
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $22
Studio: YogaWorks| Soho
Instructor: Keisa Parrish
What to expect: The wood and metal design of YogaWorks Soho is an amazing architectural space, but the large Iyengar studio where SculptWorks is held might surprise some people as there are no windows. Soon you'll be too busy feeling the burn to notice the lack of natural light as this is YogaWorks version of TRX combined with cardio conditioning.
Our Take: On our 3rd visit to SculptWorks we still feel like throwing up half way through, but sticking with it 'til the end makes you feel so accomplished! Starting in the middle of the room for a warm up with an exercise ball squished between your upper thighs, Keisa takes us through some of her unique choreography that works your body and your mind. Then it's to the wall to grab the tubing (a stretchy version of the TRX system) and work that upper body. Alignment is key to work the proper muscles and not tire out too quickly. Sets alternate between reps at the wall and then back to the middle of the room for cardio. The mountain climber exercise positions your hands up on 2 yoga blocks and your feet on sliding disks on the wood floor. From there you sprint, shuffle side-to-side to pike your hips up high. Truth be told, we had to stop and catch our breath there! Class ends with moving the tubes to their lowest wall position and working your arms to the floor while in shoulder stand. It isn't as complicated as it sounds, but afterward you're spent and glad you remembered to turn on the sauna before you went to class. -L.S.

difficulty: 5/5 atmosphere: 5/5 likely to return: 5/5

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