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Check out his description of his first BURN.
Before I go to Brooklyn Bodyburn, I watch a video about the class. In it, a model climbs onto the "megaformer," a juiced-up Pilates contraption with stable platforms on both ends, and a moveable platform in the middle. Then she arranges herself into a plank and glides back and forth. It looks easy and fun.
And it was fun. Briefly.
We start simple: a plank, a lunge, some push-ups. I keep up with the off-duty fitness instructor working out next to me, which is very satisfying. But then the positions become more complex—hold my leg this way, my arm here, my hips forward, my shoulders somewhere else. I become aware of how much energy my body has, and how quickly I'm burning through it. There's no time to rest. Soon, basic instructions seem nearly impossible. "Put your arm here" sounds like "arm-wrestle this bear." And while I'm at it, I should also kick down a metal door, while also flipping over a Buick, and...
Then it happens. The thing I know is coming: I run out of gas and collapse. Just, collapse. My body, this useless and inert thing, just flops down onto megaformer like it's ready for the butcher. I look up at the clock: We're not even 10 minutes into class.
Maybe I just need some water, I think. So I roll over, set my wobbly feet on the ground, and gulp half a bottle. There. That's better. I take a deep breath, and get back onto the megaformer. The instructor tells us to lunge and hold for ten seconds. I get through two and collapse anew.
"Three!" the instructor yells. "Four!"
I lay prostrate on the megaformer, panting.
Somehow, I manage to drag my body back into position.
I fall again.
Do women tell themselves that they can always soldier on—that deep inside of them, there when they need it most, there is a limitless reservoir of energy? Men do. I always did. In movies, when someone flees the bad guy, runs out of steam, and simply awaits their fate, I always think, "If my life depended on it, I'd keep going." Now I know that's not true. I would get half a block away, then curl up and die.
I have never failed as fully at something as I failed this class.
The rest of the class is a blur. Although, I do remember the instructor continually coming over and physically moving me into whatever position the rest of the class is achieving. "We talk a lot of shit about ourselves, but we'd never say that about someone else," she announces to us all, though I suspect it's aimed at me. I appreciate the sentiment, but I want to be clear: If someone else fails this class as badly as I've done, I would definitely not talk shit about them. I'd say, "Hey, come join me over here—I'm taking a nap." Because anyone who even attempts this class is heroic. And so, as the class ends and I finally hobble out, that's what I ultimately decide: My success was staying in the building. I kept trying. I failed, but I kept trying.
Allure Magazine highlights their favorite cult fitness studios in the January 2016 issue.
Brooklyn BodyBurn tops the list of Allure's favorite studios. "[We'll] glady drink the Bodyburn Kool-Aid."
"I've taken Pilates on a mat. I've taken Pilates on a chair. I've taken Pilates with a jump board...Pilates is to Brooklyn Bodyburn as a jump squat is to going to space." - described by journalist Mary H.K. Choi
Check out the full article in the current issue of Allure Magazine!
"However no one told me about the sweat factor...and Brooklyn Bodyburn can give bikram yoga a run for its money. You push, pull, lift, and bend very slowly and constantly for the entire class, never allowing any muscle group to rest. When they say "burn," it isn't just for the alliteration - your arms, legs and abs quiver like a loose flan placed atop a fault line."
"We’ve all been there. You arrive in a new city—maybe for vacation, maybe for work—and instantly, your exercise routine goes out the window. But thanks to ClassPass, you no longer need a gym membership or innate understanding of the fitness options in a given city to stay fit. Here, Payal Kadakia, founder of the revolutionary fitness app, shares her best tips for getting a workout on the road. "
"If regular Pilates seems too gentle but you still want something low-impact, Brooklyn Bodyburn's souped-up version is the answer. Fifty minutes of high intensity movements at a glacial pace stimulate slow-twitch muscle fiber, making for a limb-shaking, sweaty workout that ensures you’re burning more calories long after you leave the studio."
Use a Wall To Tone Your Abs, Butt and Thighs
Self Magazine knows the reason Brooklyn BodyBurn is the go-to workout for celebs and models. Each session works your muscles to the point that they're quivering. And you feel 'the burn' exactly where we all want it most; abs, butt and thighs.
Learn the six sculpting moves you can do anywhere from Brooklyn Bodyburn owner Tracy Carlinsky.
Lithe, lovely, and strong, Tracy Carlinsky is the perfect workout cheerleader, and one of the most charismatic proselytizers of a fitness method that first took hold among celebrity circles in Hollywood, but has quickly extended eastward. The owner and founder of Brooklyn Bodyburn was quick to point out, first, that her studios are the only locations in the County of Kings where the Legree Fitness Method is available.
Barbara Reyes, Creative Director of SELF Magazine
What's your favorite workout?
I enjoy workouts that engage the entire body. This includes circuits on the Nike training app, or the FIT class of Drill Fitness. I'm obsessed with Brooklyn Bodyburn because it targets body parts you rarely think to work out. And rowing, boxing, and tennis are great cardio.
One SELF editor finds out what happens when you work out with one of the runway's hottest bods. No doubt Mirte Maas (above, left) is in excellent shape (just check out Instagram feed), but how she gets there is the really interesting part. To sculpt enviable abs, legs and well, just about everything else like Maas, we joined the model on a recent trip to Brooklyn Bodyburn where we got a serious sweat session in from the studio’s owner and trainer, Tracy Carlinsky (above, right). After intense 55-minute class practicing the studio’s Lagree Fitness Method—which blends the low-impact, muscle-toning principles of Pilates with elements of cardio—we were exhausted, but also learned exactly why Maas looks as healthy and amazing as she does. Check out highlights in the slideshow below and Maas’ thoughts on staying in the fitness zone. READ FULL ARTICLE
Ready for the latest installment of our Fitness Dossiers, those endorphin-addled explorations of all those super-chicly branded, sometimes quizzically named boutique fitness haute spots around town? We’re sweating it out this time around at Brooklyn Bodyburn. The MegaFormer classes are available at the chic spot’s Williamsburg and Cobble Hill outposts, and as the name indicates, you’ll feel the burn, profoundly so, that next morning. And probably long after that. Founder Tracy Carlinsky gave us the full soreness-inducing rundown… READ FULL ARTICLE
Brooklyn Bodyburn in three words: Pilates on crack.
If Brooklyn Bodyburn was a fashion house, it would be… Alexander Wang. Clean, cut, and high-end.
Typical threads spotted in class: We see a lot of mesh and cut-out leggings and printed pants, soft tanks and colorful patterns. Lots of mix-and-match with a play on colors!
Advice for a first-timer: Come back! The more you come, the more familiar and confident you will be on the machine and in the exercises. Everyone (regardless of their level of fitness) is challenged by this method! “It never gets easier, you only get stronger.”
Why you’ll feel that sore for day(s) after a Brooklyn Bodyburn class: It’s a result of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which generates inflammation in your muscles after a really tough workout. The response is a series of events that happens over a few days after your burn as your body works to heal your inflamed muscles. The healing process tends to kick into high gear on day two as a flood of cells reach your muscles and continue the healing response. If you’re new to the method, then you can expect to feel the burn for a few days after your class. It’s the burn that keeps on giving…!
Earliest fitness memory, ever: My very first ballet class.
Classes clocked weekly: Right now I teach around 20 classes per week, and I take class approximately five days per week.
Brooklyn Bodyburn’s draw for the fashion set: The workout and method lead to a lean, toned, and fit physique as well as a deep and powerful body-mind connection, which activates self-awareness of internal strength and self-confidence. The fashion industry can be a tough environment, so it’s important to feel strong and powerful both inside and out.
Ideal après-class snack: Our fave smoothie—the BBB PB smoothie!
1 cup almond milk
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1/2 cup spinach (optional)
1/2 cup ice
Blend and enjoy!