Hello! I just got back from a fun weekend in Atlantic City! We arrived back just in time to catch the coldest days of winter so far! Brrrr.
As you may know, I live downtown. I love downtown. It feels real to me. As much as I love and worship Central Park, I’ll always be a downtown girl at heart. Lucky for me, the Union Square area is currently prime real estate for boutique fitness studios. New spinning, barre, and pilates places seem to be opening their doors every week.
Revolve was an exciting addition to the Union Square spinning scene, which currently houses Soul Cycle and Flywheel . I was excited to check it out the new comer.
The studio is sleek and new with one large spinning room with about 48 bikes off the lobby and a full locker and changing area downstairs. The one thing to remember is that the locker area is co-ed, so make sure to change in the bathrooms. I may or may not have noticed the obvious sign clarifying the rules the first time around. blush.
The first class I took was the real ride, which is your standard 45 minute ride. It was a bit of a blur because I arrived a little late and was totally flustered trying to get my shoes in the clips. I require like 3 minutes a foot to get each shoe in the darn clip! I left feeling like I had a great workout, but it was a little too short. Like the Rip Ride that’s 60 minutes would have been perfect.
Last week I took the Body Ride. The instructor Heidi was really great. She said all the right things, gave really clear cues and had a rocking soundtrack that made me grin from ear to ear (check it out below!). The real ride was a series of hills and sprint intervals with a mini strength section with weights in the middle. The break for strength gave us enough of a break to really push it in the second half of the class. I liked that Heidi also reminded us that we were almost done and had nothing left to save for.
Overall, I like Revolve. It has a neighborhoody, casual feel to it. The staff is really friendly. It doesn’t have quite the intensity of Flywheel and it doesn’t feel as competititve, but Revolve gives you a great workout if you are willing to push it. I had hoped it was a little cheaper than the other studios, but they all end up being about the same (once you factor in renting shoes). That’s the thing about boutique studios in NYC, they are all almost exactly $30-32, it’s almost uncanny.
I look forward to trying out some of Revolve’s specialty classes, like their request and mosh up classes. As well as some of their celeb instructor classes! There community initiatives seem very strong, so I am excited to see what’s to come.