There’s one in every family – the relative that runs a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Then there’s the rest of the family who--if forced to pick a poison – would sooner brave Midtown tourist crowds at the Macy’s parade before jogging five miles in arctic temperatures.
Much like a cold weather road race on the national day for gluttony, Brrrn – the world's first and only cool temperature fitness experience – may sound polarizing.
The studio presents a multi-pronged case for why working out in a 50-degree room has its benefits. While we can’t quite confirm all Brrrn’s scientific claims, we can definitely say that we had fun. If you’ve been doing the same burpees, jump squats and mountain climbers for so many years that you’re uninspired and sometimes contemplate retiring from exercise entirely, Brrrn and its elements make working out exciting!
Brrn offers two signature classes SLIDE and HIT, as well as a third class called HIT+SLIDE that, as the name suggests, is a combo of the two which gives a taste of both workouts in an abridged version. The studio mixes things up by offering slide boards and battle ropes as the main event instead of the treadmills, bikes, or the typical rowing machine. Wearing studio-provided booties over your sneakers, SLIDE allows you to glide from left to right on a personal slideboard to get your heart rate up. Uniquely, the slippery surface doubles as a pilates reformer on which you perform exercises for a sneakily rigorous low-impact workout. This class engages your core from start to finish, and makes you feel like you’re standing in the middle of an ice rink without any skates yet still gliding.
Beginners, though, need not be intimidated because there’s really no fancy footwork and everyone slides at their own pace. We find that you gain confidence on the board as class goes on, and if you’ve ever dreamed of becoming an Olympic speed skater SLIDE gets you pretty darn close.
If the Hunger Games are more your thing and you’ve been eagerly awaiting your Katniss Everdeen moment, HIT is for you, with individual battle rope stations neatly arranged and ready for your personal use. Divided into three “acts”, HIT is formatted like your typical circuit training class with each act culminating in a full body exercise with the battle ropes. We can name few things as cathartic as whipping the battle ropes against the dark foam flooring in the dimly lit cold room.
If that trip to cold Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot just isn’t in the cards right now, or if you’re looking to switch up your tried and true routine, we’d highly recommend this boutique fitness concept.
— Photos courtesy of Brrrn.