On the list of trendy workouts that terrify us, TRX easily vies for the top spot. (For those of you who are boot-camp aficionados, congrats: You?re in better shape than we are.)
With a combination of ballet barre exercises we felt comfortable doing and ceiling-suspended band work we cursed for days, Barre X mimics the training routines of Cirque du Soleil acrobats. No, really: The teacher who developed it actually toured with one of the shows.
After an up-tempo cardio warm-up, the killer pop soundtrack helped us power through the series of core-stabilizing moves such as floating planks, single-leg lunges and standing side leg swings (all while your legs hang from the bands). And because you?re using your own body weight for resistance, modification is a breeze. Hi, did we mention we?re beginners?
Even though it?s offered only once a week on Sunday mornings, Barre X is ideal to try with a girlfriend before brunch. The class we attended was filled with workout buddies about to hit the mimosas--at which point we realized we were in good company.
Pilates ProWorks, 47 W. 14th St. (between 5th and 6th aves.); 212-929-6106 or pilatesproworks.com