Studio Review: FLEX Studios

Nestled in the rolling hills on the North Shore Long Island, you can find a new pilates based studio, FLEX. The studio has been open for a few weeks and recently celebrated their Grand Opening with 4 days of free classes! Naturally I adventured from Long Beach to Woodbury (even in a snow storm- thanks to my Jeep!) to check out some classes.

All you need to bring Is your own water bottle, skid-less towel, & sticky socks- the rest is provided for you (mats, sweat towels, and showers).

First up was FlexIR, a mat pilates class in a hot room which is warmed by infrared panels (we’ll get to that). Taught by Kara, the class targeted total body and utilized a pilates ring, small squishy ball, and a set of 3# dumbbells. As a typical mat pilates class would be formatted, we moved through upper and lower body working one side at a time then finished off with plenty of core – planks, teasers, and crunches – oh my!

About 10 minutes into class, the heat of the infrared panels really started to kick in. The infrared panels warm objects in the room instead of just heating the air. Since the panels heat you up directly, you don’t need time to warm up the room. The FlexIR definitely left me very sweaty!

My second class was a Flex 30/30 class with my friend Dianna πŸ€— This total body class combines two workouts in one and is done half with a TRX suspension trainer and the other half on a pilates reformer. We started the first half of class in the TRX studioDianna gave the class a quick intro on adjusting the TRX straps then we got to work. The class was broken up into 3 blocks (upper body, lower, and core) with a burst of cardio in between each round. After we finished our core round, we quickly scooped up our things and headed to the other room in the studio for our pilates session. Fast change into your grippy socks, crash course in reformer anatomy, and we were ready to go! Starting with core this time, then working in a combo of upper and lower body. This studio, more dimly lit, was the perfect atmosphere to cool it all down. The class in total was about 50 minutes long, the same as my previous class, the FlexIR.

This class squeezes a lot of workout into a short period. It’s great if you’re looking to try out both TRX and the Flexformer. I’d love to try a full class of each (which they also offer- FlexTRX and FlexFormer) to get more out of each piece of equipment πŸ’ͺ🏼

Have you tried Flex Studios yet? Share in the comments!! They also have 2 locations in the city (NoHo & Union Square). Check them out here!

Xo, Louise

Class Review: SLT Roslyn

Strengthen. Lengthen. Tone.

SLT is a pilates based class which works to strengthen your whole body. This low impact workout uses a pilates reformer for all of the moves including planks, lunges, and upper body work. Even if you’ve never used one, you would recognize this large machine with the sliding carriage rigged up with bars, straps, and tension springs. Because it is a pilates-based class, the foundation of these movements comes from core strength. Even as you’re working upper body muscles, your abdominal muscles are engaged. The same occurs standing in a lunge position where your balance and coordination are also being tested. The great thing about utilizing a reformer is the benefit you get from the pulleys and spring system which creates more resistance (compared to just your body weight) as you move through a full range of motion.

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This was my first experience taking an SLT class, let alone using a pilates reformer. More than anything, I was intrigued about how this machine works. Our friend Dianna, aka @falztasic, led myself, some of our lululemon RF crew, and new friends through a 50 minute class. I was happy to know I wasn’t the only newbie to SLT and there were also a few veterans in class that I could follow, as well. With my sticky socks on my feet, I was ready to go.

We started the warm-up with some plank work which consisted of planking, pikes, and body saws. The class moved through the whole right side of the body including legs, glutes, and abs. Each movement is slow and controlled as you focus on the push and pull from the machine. The emphasis was definitely on the quality of each movement, not the quantity of exercises. Dianna was fabulous and made sure everyone was maintaining proper form- especially us newbies! We transitioned into some upper body strengthening, including shoulder and chest moves, before sliding over to the left side. Every part of me was getting a challenging workout, including my brain, as I learned how to adjust my machine and move my body to each count. The SLT class transitioned smoothly from each muscle group, but never as quickly as you would want #FeelTheBurn. Our class finished with some strict core moves at the end that really just finished my abs off.

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Ready for my honest opinion? About two minutes into our class I thought my abs were just gonna pop off. But would I take this class again? Hell yeah! We were constantly moving for the whole class and performing each movement long enough that it definitely took you out of your comfort zone. As with any new exercise routine, practice, through repetition, will not only help you grow stronger, but become more confident in what you are doing.

Do any of you guys go to SLT regularly? Or any pilates reformer class? I need to know if my abs will ever stop hurting 😜

❀ Louise