A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try a class at Plank Pilates on the Lower East Side, and I decided the Plank 360 class would be perfect on a Saturday morning.
I arrived about 10 minutes early and went downstairs to drop off my purse and jacket, fill out paperwork, and grab a towel.
Downstairs was almost spa-like, with chilled cucumber water (which I happily enjoyed after class) and a choice of hot eucalyptus or cold lavender towels.
I knew there were only 5 towers, so my class would be small, but it turned out there was only one other person signed up for my class – even more personal attention!
I chose the Plank 360 class based on the web site description: “Our signature and unique Plank 360 method incorporates elements of cardiovascular training and classical
Pilates. This super-efficient, calorie burning workout gets your blood pumping and tones all in one!”
I was short on cardio that week, and thought this might do the trick. Within 5 minutes I was sweating – the opening series of Pilates push ups really got me. There was also a sequence towards the end of class involving resistance, the bar, and jogging with high knees. Multiple times.
I usually avoid Pilates because I get impatient (aka bored) quickly and have a hard time concentrating on each small, deliberate movement. The instructor, Danielle, was a pro at demonstrating moves and using the hands-on approach of correcting my form. I also never knew what was coming next, so my brain and body were constantly focused on keeping up.
- No more than 5 people in each class
- Instructor (Danielle) was patient and demonstrated moves herself when I was particularly uncoordinated
- Clean, beautiful studio with exposed brick and wood floors
- Complimentary cucumber water and hot and cold towels
- You can register for classes online
- I walked through a tower class when I arrived to get downstairs to check in
- Towards the end of my class there was a private session taking place in the corner; it was slightly distracting
I definitely recommend the studio and trying out the different class options (and have to many LES-dwelling friends)!
*I received a complimentary class at Plank Pilaties but the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own