as a Valentine's Day gift to 'myself' i joined ILKB Midtown East. my 1st brutal class was on 2/28/2014 and with the exception of 2 separate vacation weeks i was going a steady 3 days a week M-W-F. i could NOT do 1 pushup / burpee / jog those intial 1-6 weeks, but i pushed through with the encouragement of my trainers & i lost 20lbs by May 1st. their '45-Day Challenge' began on 8/25/2014 where shortly thereafter i stepped my game up to 5-6 classes a week. i've lost an additional 10 lbs since. i'll admit i'm addicted. the desire to challenge myself & go beyond prior limitations is effing addicting. my life coach says your body gets used to those feel good brain chemicals & endorphins. the trainers are so super, INCREDIBLY supportive, friendly & positively bada#%. you can't help but want to push beyond your own successful imaginings. plus, NO CLASS IS E-V-E-R the same...EVER! i don't know how they do it, but i've had the same trainer two days in a row (which rarely happens) and the workouts were night & day. for those with short attention spans like myself will LOVE the variety & surprising 15-20min HIIT/tabata workups that keep you on your toes & blast like A JILLION CALORIES b4 you even get to bag work. all of my mat-mates / bEASTside buds are so cool & friendly, we all root for each other every class. it's like that gym class you always knew you deserved but never got in grade school, lol! if you are looking for a fitness family that will embrace ANYONE NO MATTER WHAT SHAPE YOU ARE IN, this is for you. if you don't want TO BE JUDGED OR BELITTLED, this is for you. if you want people to make you feel like "NORM!" from 'Cheers' greeting you with smiles, hugs, pounds & high fives when you arrive, during class & after, this is for you. this ain't your mama's aerobics class, this is ILKB. JOIN & YOU WON'T BE SORRY! SUPER SUPPORTIVE STAFF! THIS IS THE BEST WORKOUT EVER!!! I'VE LOST 30LBS IN 7 MONTHS!!! bEASTside RULEZ! :-D
The best full-body workout you'll ever get! 60 minutes of high energy + high intensity sessions that will definitely get you the results you're looking for. The first 15 minutes is a killer "warm-up" - and you better do 'em right or you get 20 more burpees! There's no hiding from these energetic instructors; they are there to really support you and help you meet your goals. Then there's 6 rounds of 3-minute combos: jab, cross, hook, upper cut, front house kick, round house kick...and maybe you'll end with a superman punch or a flying round house! The best part is, these bags don't punch back, so you can hit 'em as hard as you want! The classes end with partner work, so you can give and receive feedback on your technique. The facility is always clean, and they provide all bathroom and shower essentials. Classes start and end on time, which is very important for a girl who's always on the go. Instructors are always available to help you get that extra stretch after class, or just to answer any questions. This location is super convenient, located close to the Grand Central Terminal. As of late, they've been adding more and more classes - they're even open during the holidays (although on a limited schedule). So go ahead and give it a try! The music is always poppin', everyone is super friendly, and the workouts are so much fun! You won't regret it. You'll be joining a family: there's member appreciation nights, themed parties, and mini-competitions to get everyone motivated. Hurry and get your free gloves with your first try-out! Say whaaaaat? East Siiiiide!!!
I have been attempting kickboxing on and off for the past few years, and ILoveKickboxing is the first place so far that inspired me to not only keep going regularly but to actually buy a membership. It is an absolutely amazing killer workout. It is a lot of fun, and it is probably the most painful thing I enjoy doing. :) The warmup is intense, and after that, we spend some time practicing punches and kicks on the bags, while being motivated by some amazing instructors and really great music! It's really freeing, really intense, and a great stress reliever. I bought the ILKB groupon to try it out, and I am so glad I did. It's a great deal, and if you are considering trying a few classes to check it out, definitely do it! Maybe you will get sucked into the awesomeness (like me haha).