Physique 57

CULT SCORE: 7.2

PRICE: $37/Class

LOCATION: SOHO, FIDI, MIDTOWN EAST, W 73RD

SWEAT FACTOR: 💧💧/5


*Above - Physique 57 - FiDi Studio

*Above - Physique 57 - FiDi Studio

BREAK IT DOWN: 

 

1. STUDIO SPACE + AMBIANCE: 8.1

Physique has been around since 2006! So, their studios have been around for over ten years (if you can’t do math) - that is a LONG time in NYC. In order to keep up with the Jones, Physique is moving their flagship locations to new and improved studio spaces. They recently reopened their Spring street studio location, and will be moving their flagship studio on 57th street. Their new facilities are top notch. So much room for showers, and huge lockers to store your many, many bags.

 

2. STUDIO EQUIPMENT: 8.1

Physique has been around since 2006! So, their studios have been around for over ten years (if you can’t do math) - that is a LONG time in NYC. In order to keep up with the Jones, Physique is moving their flagship locations to new and improved studio spaces. They recently reopened their Spring street studio location, and will be moving their flagship studio on 57th street. Their new facilities are top notch. So much room for showers, and huge lockers to store your many, many bags.

 

3. INSTRUCTOR(s): 7.5

These ladies will make your legs quiver, literally. These instructors always get us with those plies (for what seems like hours), and the constant mandate to move just one inch lower. They walk around class perfecting everyone’s form, which is so important for this kind of class where the better your form the better the movements work your body.

 

*Above - Physique 57 FiDi Studio

*Above - Physique 57 FiDi Studio

4. SWEAT FACTOR: 6.4

Not a huge sweat factor in this class, though you will be sore for days. The class is made up of lots of teeny tiny muscle movements that kill, but aren’t going to make you work up a major sweat. Like we said, this is a toning class. It is always important to switch up your workout routine, so if you are doing cardio every day of the week, try switching it up with this posh barre class. 

 

5. MUSIC: 6.1

Nothing notable here. The music is played off of the Spotify playlist of the instructors. Sometimes the they curate the playlists to better push you through those tiny hard movements, and other times they are just playing from the top 40 playlist. It’s really hit or miss! The music is also on a lower volume so that everyone is able to hear the instructor.

 

6. FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH - $$$: 9.1

This is in the more premium pricing zone of NYC boutique fitness classes. Right up there with Soul and Barry’s. If you are looking for more toning than cardio, this is the class for you. Maybe your goal is to have a killer ass by the end of summer or tone those abs to get that bikini bod. We get it.  This is the perfect for class for toning your body. So, when you need a break from all that cardio, try this booty burning class. 

 

 

 


*Above - Physique 57 FiDi Studio

*Above - Physique 57 FiDi Studio

THE EXPERIENCE:

Physique 57 is one of the originals. They opened their doors on 57th street (hence the name) back in 2006, the same year that SoulCycle launched their first studio in Manhattan. And they have stayed one of Manhattan’s most popular barre studios throughout the years. Their workout is crafted to tone and sculpt the body through tiny repetitive movements. They stay true to their barre roots, not adding any frills or thrills like some of the new studios that are now opening in the city. It is similar to what you would find at say Purre Barre, but more posh and church. If your not familiar with barre, the core movements stem from ballet, but the actual exercises are unlike what you would find in a typical boutique fitness studio. The floors are covered in soft carpeting that allow class attendees to situate themselves on the floor comfortably while contorting their bodies in ways you didn’t know possible. There was one move where you sit kind of hunched - they call it a C spine - and you have to pick both legs up off the floor while pulling down on the barre for stability. May sound easy, but you need killer ab strength to be able to pick your legs off the floor in this position. So much so that you’ll feel like a six pack of abs might just pop out of nowhere. It might feel so strange while you’re doing it but the results are major.

So, be prepared for a lot of demi plie and more ass exercises than you’ve ever seen (in 10 minutes). We love Physique 57 for their ability to make our muscles burn! Also, we hear they’re coming out with a dance cardio class and we are so interested to try. A barre class with added dance movements?? Could this be our new favorite workout fusion? We love barre for the toning and dance for the cardio so it could be a perfect mesh of the two. Stay tuned for our thoughts on the matter.

 


*Above - Physique 57 FiDi

*Above - Physique 57 FiDi

FYI

Class Breakdown: 60 Minutes

Arms

Legs

Booty

Abs

 

Gear needed for class:

Pilates socks - $10

 

On ClassPass?:

Yassss it is

 

🙏🏼 Pro Tip:

They do not tolerate tardiness. So, get there on time! As soon as the door of the class closes, that means no one is getting in (even its a second later).


Signed, The Class Cult.

Check 'em out on IG: @Physique57