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UFX (Ultimate Fitness Challenge) Review

I completed my final UFX class at NYSC club today.   I have to say, the last four weeks have been tough, but fun.  The class draws greatly from Crossfit to provide an intense circuit style workout in a small group setting.

Before I get into a final review, here’s a recap of my final workout:

Warm up: 3 minutes of high knees, butt kicks, jacks and burpees

First set: (1 minute each, 3 times total)

  • Up and Overs on step
  • Walking Lunges holding weighted ball overhead
  • Box Jumps
  • Squat Burpees (low squat, touch ground, jump bring arms over head)

Second Set: (1 minute each, 3 times total)

  • Rope Swings
  • Kettle Ball Swings <— won’t miss these!
  • Double tricep extension
  • Fore arm plank to straight arm plank repetitions

Third Set: (3 times total)

  • Reach and gather—in a forearm plank I had to pull a rope with a kettle ball at the end and bring it across the floor.
  • Lower ab leg drops (15)

Cool down:

Light stretching

Review:

I attended six of the eight sessions provided complimentary by NYSC (normally $200 for members and non-members)

Trainers and Class Size:

We had two different trainers during the sessions both were great.  While on one hand I think having only one trainer would have allowed them to better track progression, I liked the variety of styles.  Both were motivated, knowledgeable and fun, but one moved at a much faster pace (he’s a certified crossfit instructor that makes you do more than you think you can or want to) and the other focused more on form and your comfort level. Both made me work incredibly hard, one almost brought me to tears—twice.

The class size was one to three people.  I actually liked having a few people suffering with me.  I felt like we really bonded—what up Pablo? But having a private session was cool too. Either way it’s such a small class, you can’t get away with anything! Honestly, you’re getting a personal trainer for a fraction of the price–$25 for an hour of training.

Workout:

While I sometimes dreaded going because I hate pain, I was really happy when class was over.  The workout was hard core a mix of serious strength training with bursts of cardio.  There was a lot of variety, so I never knew what was coming.  The constantly changing workouts were what I liked best about the class. I also appreciated being pushed to the limit, it takes a lot to get me out of my comfort zone, but these trainers did it.  The barre classes I took during this time seemed much easier in comparison.

Organization:

This was the area that was lacking a bit.  My first class was actually rescheduled and no one knew what was going on. A few times there was confusion with meeting spots or things started late.  While I am a go with the flow person, on days I didn’t have extra time in my schedule, it was frustrating.  While I think we were supposed to pre and post fitness evaluations, it never really happened.  Overall, the workouts and trainers more than made up for the occasional lapses in organization, but it’s something to be aware of. I imagine as the program continues things will become more organized.  UFX is still a very new program at NYSC and I think it will only get better.

Sweat and Tears

***The winner of the NYSC package was Catie!  Enjoy UFX, girl!***

Thanks to everyone who entered, I wish everyone could win, but I promise more giveaways down the line.

Tonight was my second UFX session.  I really thought Monday was as hard as it could get.  I was so very very wrong.  Tonight made Monday look like hatha yoga!  The regular “advanced master” instructor was back and he was TOUGH! 

Of course, I’ve had my share of hard workouts,but nothing quite like this.  I spent the first 20 minutes on the brink of tears. I had to mentally psych myself up for each set and fight against my bodies hesitation to pick up the weights yet again. I’ve never faced a mental battle in a workout before, maybe during a race, but not in the gym! I am not sure whether I was just having an off day  or what, but in any event, the workout was killer.

I can’t remember everything, but the first set looked like this:

  • 20 box jumps
  • 20 jumpbacks on weights immediately into bicep curl and overhead press.  My weights were 7.5 pounds.
  • 20 kettle ball swings
  • 20 weighted squats

Repeat 4 Times! 

Unlike Monday’s class where each set was done at your own pace for a minute, today we had to complete 20 reps of each exercise before moving on.

The next set involved many push up variations, perhaps the most punishing was something like this: one leg squat, walk out to push up position, one leg pushup, walk to standing and jump! 20 times each side of course. By this point, I had pulled myself together and I was no longer wondering if I could somehow escape.  The third set involved a lot of abs, which is always my favorite. 

The trainer, Howard, checked in with us a lot to make sure that we were okay.  Okay in the sense that we weren’t in pain, tired was fine, pain was not.  Even though I was definitely pushed to my limit, I kind of enjoyed it once I got through the first set. This program is definitely geared towards making you stronger and with such small classes, it can be tailored toward your goals and current fitness status.

So far, so good with UFX, but who knows what Monday’s workout has in store!

This week is flying by, which is great because I can not wait for the weekend! I am going home to Clifton Park for the first time since Christmas. I get to see my nieces and nephew, golf,  get ice cream at Country Drive in, hang at the mall and take things a little slower!

UFX or VBarre Giveaway!

Have you seen these New York Sports Club giveaways around?  Well here’s another chance to win a great training package!

I am giving away one of the following (your choice!):

To enter, just leave a comment below letting me know which package you prefer. So easy!

UXF (Ultimate Fitness Experience)-see my mini review of this KILLER class below!

  • Available at most locations
  • Description:  Burn calories. Build strength. Big results fast. What happens when you combine personal training with team motivation? You get in the best shape of your life with the UXF ultimate fitness experience. This eight session, cross-training workout blends strength training and cardio conditioning to improve your flexibility, agility, strength and endurance. Equipment such as TRX, kettlebells, ropes and bars are mixed with plyometric exercises to create a balanced circuit where you progress at your own pace. UXF is your one-stop shop for a total-body workout.
  • Next four week session will kick off June 4th and include two, one-hour classes per week for four weeks (8 classes total)

vBarre

  • Description: Vbarre transcends the typical ballet barre exercise class by blending ballet, Pilates and resistance training into a calorie-burning workout. The result is a lean and sculpted body in minimal time. Choreographed movements using a ballet barre, light weights and a glide board are set to motivating music.
  • Locations available: select NYSC locations including 49th & Broadway, 23rd and Park, 36th and Madison, 91st and Third, Sheridan Sq
  • Next 8-week session will kick off July 2nd and includes one, one-hour class once a week (8 classes total)

UFX First Impressions Review!

Tonight I took my first UFX class. I had no idea what to expect other than that it was sort of like Crossfit.  OMG it kicked my butt, it may have been the hardest workout I have ever done. 

It took a while to get everything organized, and while I was waiting, a trainer asked me if I was sure I was ready for the intermediate/advanced level UFX.  I was like, yeah, I got this, don’t you see I am wearing my I Heart Sweat shirt?  Maybe I shouldn’t have spoken so soon!

The class killed me.  Fortunately, my trainer, Key, was awesome.  He encouraged us the whole way and made sure to count down the remaining time when we needed it most.  The class was just two people, so it was almost like having a personal trainer! Below you can see the workout, some of the moves were way harder than I imagined and a minute seemed like forever, but fortunately, you can do a minute of anything, so mentally I could get through it, even if physically, I almost couldn’t. I will wait until next week to do a more formal review. But I am nervous and excited for Wednesday’s session!

UFX Intermediate Workout

Circuit 1 (1 minute each, entire circuit repeated 3 times)

  • Box Jumps
  • Squat with Kettle Ball Swing
  • Seated Row
  • Squat with Overhead Press

Circuit 2 (1 minute each, entire circuit repeated 3 times)

  • Weighted ball throw with squat
  • Push up with arms up
  • Double Rope Swing
  • Push up Burpees (omg, down, jump back push up, stand and jump)

Circuit 3 (1 minute each, entire circuit repeated 3 times)

  • Balance ball squats (on back with ball between feet and bring into chest and out to hover above ground)
  • Reclining side twist with kettle ball
  • Plank Up (plank where you lower to elbows and return to straight arm)

Don’t forget to comment to enter you’re choice of Vbarre or UFX! I will pick a winner on Wednesday!