Ropes And Rowers @ Equinox


Studio: Equinox

Class Name: Ropes and Rowers

Address:  900 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago IL

Location: Gold Coast

Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: Intermediate-Beast Mode

Instructor: Jim

Reviewer: Ariel

Class Review: Ropes and Rowers is the new high-intensity, full-body circuit class offered at Equinox. The class consisted of four stations including: Rowers, AMRAP (as many rounds as possible), Ropes, and medicine balls. We stayed at each station for 3 minutes each and then rotated. The full circuit was completed twice ( the class we attended was for an event, typically the circuit it done about 3 times).

The rowing station was different each time we did the circuit. The first was a straight 3-minute row, which is pretty tiring, but not too difficult. The second row was done in pairs where each partner would take turns doing a 150 meter sprint.

Next was the AMRAP station which incorporated free-weights. The exercises included lateral sumo squats, overhead presses and rotating plank toe-touches. After completing the specific number of reps, we repeated the whole round as many times as possible in the allotted 3-minutes.

Like rowing, ropes was a partner activity as well. We took turns doing ropes slams, reeling in the rope which was attached to a weighted plate and then pushing the plate back across the room.

The last section consisted of one minute of: halo squats with a medicine ball, lateral squats with a twist, and burpees on the ball.

All in all it was a great work out. The energy in the gym kept you motivated and the work-out left no body part untouched, while incorporating a good amount of heart-pumping cardio.

Instructor: Jim is the motivational drill sergeant  you actually want behind you telling you what to do. He is fun and animated and watches you every step of the way to tweak your form when necessary.

Attire: Normal workout clothes. Wear whatever you are comfortable moving around in (including a supportive sports bra if necessary).

Extras:   Equinox has multiple locations. It has a fully equipped locker room complete with showers and Kiehls products. It offers a pool, full spa services, and Wifi.  You must be a member to attend class

Would I recommend?:  Yes


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