I had considered myself to be experienced and at a somewhat advanced fitness level, but when I took a class at Physique 57 Spring Street NYC, I realized that I still have a lot of work to do. I chose to take their “mixed class” which is a combination of all moves with different options for each exercise, so it is kind of the perfect class because you can make it really hard on yourself or a bit easier.
If you haven’t ever heard of Physique 57, let me tell you a little bit about it. P57 is an exercise program which combines isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches that work in conjunction to lengthen your body while sculpting your muscles. The result is a beautifully lean physique within 8 workouts. The workout uses your own body weight as the resistance paired with exercises that work your muscles to the point of exhaustion and then is followed up with a stretch before moving onto the next exercise. Physique 57 is a full body workout that specifically focuses on defining the arm muscles, which I talked about here, the thighs are worked to the point of burning beyond comprehension, along with an intense seat (butt) sequence and then a core strengthening abdominal section that you will feel the next day.
In my opinion, when done properly, Physique 57 is truly the toughest workout on the planet. Just one session will make you feel differently about your body and you won’t want to stop. Plus, that is their motto, if you are consistent, you will see amazing results and they aren’t kidding.
The reason why I thought that I was going to breeze through the class with no problems is because I have been doing the Volume 1 and Volume 2 DVD’s for over 2 years now. I know the moves, I understand the pace and I am committed and consistent. But what I didn’t realize is that when you do the DVD’s at home, you are using a chair for the thigh and seat muscle sections, but in the studio, you are using an actual ballet barre which changes everything.
The class started out just like the DVD workouts with the arm section that includes 8 pound weights followed up with full on push ups which I managed to get through quite easily. Next was the thigh workout which included a playground ball between your legs that you must squeeze throughout the section. We did a move called the waterski that instantly sizzled my muscles to the point of exhaustion. With both hands on the bar, you stretch backwards lengthening your arms straight and then perform all sorts of squat moves. The instructors continuously showed me proper form and the intensity increased beyond anything that I have ever felt before. I kept thinking, “am I going to be able to walk to the subway after this class?” After about 12-15 minutes of thighs, we moved onto the seat muscle. We continued to hold onto the bar with one leg on the ground and the other up in the air with the ball behind our knee, are you kidding me? I was so focused on keeping the ball in place, I was losing my form, so I chose to remove the ball and get through the exercises properly. After one side of your seat is burning and completed, you move onto the other side and work through the same exercises again.
What I figured out the hard way, is that I know the Physique 57 exercise routine quite well, it’s when you add the proper form that makes it that much more difficult, it was mindblowing to me. I can’t imagine my life without P57, it has changed my body, which I talked about here and has given me everything I ever wanted, it’s a part of my exercise routine and will be forever. I highly recommend, if you haven’t already, trying Physique 57 on Spring Street in NYC, sign up for a class today, you won’t be disappointed.