We all know how to do our own hair. Some of us better than others, but still, we can all lather, rinse, repeat...run a comb through what we’re working with and present ourselves as IG ready or close to it. That said, even the most skilled among us seek blow-dry bar action from time to time.
Like a solid blow-dry bar, Refine Method--which offers full-body, high-intensity interval training at three boutique locations across Manhattan--gets the job done better than if you’d gone it alone, but it’s not reinventing the wheel.
Due to Refine Method’s always intimate but varying class sizes, you might find yourself in what feels more like a personal training session than a group class. Refine Method’s mission is focused on burning calories and building muscle. Classes feel targeted towards results.
Maybe your days consist of you and your Apple Watch taking on NYC 10,000 steps at a time; you tell yourself you’ll do an ab video when you get home and when that doesn’t happen, that you’ll actually just crosstrain on Sunday. If this rings a bell, Refine Method is for you. No frills, but also no nonsense, Refine Method makes sure you do the kettlebell swings and reverse lunges you just never seem to prioritize on your own time.
In that sense, it’s certainly apropos that Refine Method’s founder went on to found Mirror, a personalized in-home, smart screen workout experience. In class, the individualized attention you receive can be incredibly motivating. It’s really an excellent supplement for runners or individuals with a burgeoning recreational soccer career who could use strength training to protect her joints or improve his game or speed.
Locations don’t offer generous changing areas in general, so we recommend Refine Method as a pit stop on the way home rather than on your way to work. We advise not relying on the studio to have a working shower available--especially at their Upper East Side location which only offers one shower without a curtain in the single person restroom. The locations significantly vary as far as additional amenities are concerned. We prefer the West Village to the Upper East Side location.
While we really appreciate the careful attention instructors pay to your form and technique across the board, we’ve found that the aerobic level of classes isn’t always consistent. One class may leave you breathless, and another like you need to walk across town instead of taking the bus because you didn’t have the opportunity to exert yourself as you’d hoped. It’s kind of like the times you leave Drybar wishing that you hadn’t just paid someone to do your hair because you probably could’ve done a better job yourself... But could you have?
— Photos courtesy of Refine Method.