In a city riddled with boutique fitness classes, it's hard to know where to start. Choosing between studios, practices, environment, etc. can be daunting and when every studio professes to be the greatest or the "next best thing" and your time to sweat is limited, it's almost impossible to narrow things down.
Given our affinity for a great workout class (if you follow us on Instagram, you know what I mean), we've spent our fair share of time sweating in studios throughout the city. If you workout in NYC at all, chances are you have heard of SWITCH. If you haven't, today is your lucky day.
Bottom line, SWITCH takes group fitness to the next level. Founded by fitness guru Steve Uria in South Africa, the heart-pumping group fitness class has since made its way to NYC, now offering 2 "playgrounds" for city dwellers to make the most out of their workout. Steve’s roots in South Africa’s Special Forces Military training provided him the foundation to push beyond preconceived limits and pursue personal empowerment, a philosophy he continually practices and a passion he inspires in others.
So why do we love SWITCH and what makes it worth your time? Here's the breakdown.
THE FACILITIES: It's dark, it's loud, and it's cutting-edge. State of the art technology with the occasional live DJ keeps things interesting class after class.
THE CLASSES: SWITCH offers signature HIIT classes, the crown jewel of it all being their 60-minute SWITCH Playground class (though if 60 minutes sounds daunting, you can start out with their new 40-minute version). Picture this: 20 stations that hit every muscle group, packed into a High-Intensity Interval Training experience like no other. The best part? You'll never repeat the same workout twice. Multiple trainers are available in each class providing you with the individualized attention you need to get the most out of your 60 minutes.
Next up are the SWITCH40 classes: three different classes created to maximize your fun and workout efficiency, and give you the most effective workout in 40 minutes. Pick your poison between BOXCORE, CARDIO CIRCUIT, or UNDERGROUND AB-LAB. You can't go wrong and you'll leave feeling accomplished and exhausted.
THE MANTRA: SWITCH transcends from the playground into the lives of players. Its teachings are not limited to within the walls of the Playground. That is just the seed, the beginning, the birthplace of the magic. SWITCH spills into our Players’ everyday lives. It’s a feeling. A statement. An opportunity to look and feel your best while having the time of your life.
To check out more from SWITCH and see why we love them, follow them on Instagram: @switchplaygroundnyc