It’s official. I’ve found the fitness studio with the best post-class customer service–Physique 57. After taking my first class at their Spring Street studio with Christina Jensen last Wednesday, I received a phone call from a P57 team member the next day asking if I had any questions and how I felt after my workout. On Friday, I received a postcard from Christina in the mail that thanked me for my visit. When you’re a fitness blogger, you get top-notch treatment at fitness studios. It makes sense when you’re constantly sharing your experience online. However, this is the kind of customer service that all P57 clients receive. For a brand with multiple studio locations in five cities, I find that admirable. Now, on to Christina’s class.
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P57 “incorporates cardio, strength training, stretching, and recovery (all with a ballet barre) for a 57 minute workout that systematically improves flexibility and endurance, while strengthening and sculpting muscles.” The method uses body weight, light hand weights, and resistance bands to work targeted muscles to fatigue, then stretches them out again. While I’m used to taking barre classes in bare feet on hardwood floors, P57 studios are carpeted and require socks. I don’t own a pair of grippy socks yet, so I stuck to a basic pair. The covered feet initially took some getting used to. It also seems that P57 holds back-to-back classes, so students wait outside the studio in groups until it’s time to file in, choose a place at the barre, and quickly begin. While we were waiting for our studio, Christina introduced herself. She’s a former dancer and a strong, blonde bombshell. Christina’s the kind of instructor who opens up and speaks to you like she’s known you for years from the moment she meets you. As one of the only newbies, she asked me about my past barre experience and explained the format of the class. Then, before I knew it, we were off to begin.
Class started with a dynamic warmup using the hand weights. We curled, pulsed, and pressed at a quick pace before returning to the bar to work our lower body with a ball between our upper or lower legs. At first, I struggled with how to hold my upper body, which was also different from other barre classes I’ve taken. Christina’s assistant was quick to adjust my form. After more pulsing on the barre, we took the mermaid position in the center of the floor to work on our adductors with tiny movements. Finally we returned to the barre and used the resistance bands to complete ab exercises on our backs. In between each of these sets, Christina paused to have us stretch out the particular muscle group we had just worked. I’m always up for a good stretch, considering how much my muscles have needed it lately. My one small criticism would be that I did not like when Christina’s assistant would clap out the countdown for every exercise. It can be distracting while you’re pushing through the last few repetitions. I’m not sure if this is typical for P57 or unique to the instructor. Otherwise, Christina was upbeat and engaging throughout the class. She reminded us not to take ourselves seriously and to dedicate those 57 minutes only to ourselves.
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Don’t live near a P57 location? The team has kindly given EvannClingan.com readers access to stream a class online. To do so, first visit this link, choose a video, and click Rent Now. When entering necessary information, use code evannp57 to receive streaming access for 48 hours. Finally, return to the video to take the class. Happy pulsing!
NOTE: Physique 57 allowed me to visit for a free class, but I was in no way compensated to review it on my blog. These are honest opinions.