Last night, I attended my second Fitmapped-sponsored workout class. I didn’t really know much about the As 1 workout so I hopped on to their website and saw that it was small group high intensity, conditioning classes created by trainers that were also athletes. The first thing that came to mind was Cross-fit. The website had a no frills, no gimmicks, hard core feel.
I arrived as a group of about 10-12 was stretching in a circle. I took a look at the studio:
I was hoping I wouldn’t have to use those scary looking ladder machines back there!
Stepmills–hands down one of the highest-calorie burning machines in the gym.
Retro bikes. In the back you will see the workouts written on the boards, just like cross-fit.
The studio was pretty much what I expected. It’s no frills, down and dirty, hardcore workout studio that’s about the intensity of the workout not the amenities.
The six fitnapped fitreps got started with a dynamic warm up of stretching. I think all of us were a little nervous about the 65 minute cardio/strength interval training ahead.
Our warm up consisted of 5 rounds of 20 jumping jacks followed by five burpees..whew! I was glad when that was over.
Next we got into the heart of the class, the intervals.
We divided into two groups of three, one group on the floor, one group on the machines. My group started with squats and mountain climbers and after 1 minute, we moved to the stepmill. Then we were back to the floor for push ups and sit ups. Then on to the bike for a minute, we continued these one minute intervals for 8 minutes.
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Then there was a 30 second rest, which really wasn’t quite enough for everyone to use the water cooler, but we had to get back to work. We repeated the circuit 5 times total with some slight variations. By the end, I was ready to be done. I definitely felt like I got a workout and I knew I would be sore the next day from those weighted deadlifts. While I like that each interval was only a minute and we were constantly switching it up, I might have liked two completely different circuits, so we weren’t doing so much of the same. That said, the 65 minutes flew by. We ended with some foam rolling and light stretching and we were out the door.
The good: It was a good workout with a nice balance of cardio and strength. The instructors were very attentive and paid a lot of attention to form. As all classes are kept small (max 16), I am sure this would always be the case. I liked the variety and the length of the intervals. As someone who likes Crossfit, I enjoyed this class and I think that the studio probably has a good community of regulars. They also allow you to cancel up to 5 minutes before or walk in anytime, which is awesome. As One caters to athletes, so it’s definitely a good way to fit in strength even when training for a race.
The less good: While I don’t mind a small locker room, a little more changing space would have been nice. I was kind of stuck between the shower and the bathroom.
Bottom line: if you like hardcore, balls to the wall, no frills workouts, you’ll like this class. And your first class is FREE, so why not try it? It’s a solid workout and their other classes (As 1 Afterburn, As 1 Strenght and As 1 Cardio) give the opportunity to hone in on strength, cardio or conditioning, depending on your needs. However, if you are a Reebok/LA Sports Club kind of gym-goer, come here expecting more of an NYSC kind of vibe. It’s not upscale and it doesn’t pretend to be.
I do wish it was closer. Being as I live in downtown east and the studio is on the UWS, I probably won’t travel an hour round trip for it. But there is really no workout that I am willing to travel for since I have a lot of options in my neighborhood. If Physique 57 came to Union Square, it would be like my best friend (if I was a millionaire), but as it’s not very close to me, so I only go on rare treat occasions.
Stay tuned for As 1 discounts coming your way, and don’t forget to try out your free first class!
As 1 is located at 1845 Broadway, 3rd Floor (at Columbus Circle). You can see all Fitmapped reviews of As 1 here.