By Bailey Swilley
I’ll preface this post with a statement: Coed workouts are great!
That being said, every now and then, it’s good to get a little lady time in! Uplift is a females-only workout studio in New York City’s Flatiron neighborhood that offers personal training and group fitness classes. I took the SCULPT class with Ashleigh and loved it. (Check out the full list of classes here. )
It was the perfect mix of strength training, which I tend to avoid for not-so-smart reasons (OK, I just don’t have the patience for it), and low-impact cardio intervals, which I love. Both of these elements together are a dream team that will help you tone up and feel stronger.
Ashleigh played music that made the strength sections go by faster and more smoothly. I felt challenged, but nothing wasn’t doable. Besides, everything could be modified. If I didn’t want to use 10 lbs, I could go down to 8. We also focused on breathing, balance, and flexibility.
It also felt great to be surrounded by other women who had most likely just left work (like me) and wanted to work hard together at the end of the day.
For more information, check out my interview with studio manager, Ilana Diaz:
Is there a weight limit for SCULPT or any of your classes at Uplift?
No weight limit for any of our Uplift classes or Personal Training.
What’s the benefit of working out with all women/at a women-only gym?
There are incredible benefits to working out in a women-only environment. First, and especially for beginners, it’s a way to focus on our workouts without the distraction of huge machines and body builders that proliferate in regular, big-box gyms. Uplift offers the space to learn proper technique and grow into resistance training in an organic (and totally not-intimidating) way. Also, Uplift’s female (only) trainers are experts in the nuances of a woman’s body and what she should and shouldn’t be doing at any given time, given her body’s strengths and limitations. And last, but not least, in the current climate of women at the forefront of activism and equality, a place like Uplift offers a safe (and exciting) space to share not only workouts but also the idea of empowerment with other women.
What is the benefit of a low-impact, high-intensity class like SCULPT?
Our Sculpt class connects your breath to each movement and focuses on balance and flexibility. Thus, not only is it a great way to supplement your training program, it’s also a great option for those who are dealing with injuries.
Ideally, how many times a week should someone take SCULPT or a similar workout?
The answer depends on your goals, but ideally women should do some form of strength training 2–3 times a week.
For our members not in N.Y.C. or L.A., do you have YouTube videos/online workouts?
Don’t live in New York City? No problem. Check out Uplift’s YouTube channel to get some moves to take with you in your next gym session.
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