"If Pilates, strength training and cardio had a baby, SPX would be it." This is the slogan you read on a small plastic sign as you walk up three flights of stairs to one of Boston's newest fusion studios.
Btone Fitness SPX debuted on Newbury Street between Arlington and Berkeley this fall. Already, they are adding classes on the weekends due to high demand. They are the first studio in Massachusetts to use the Megareformer which is essentially, a Pilates reformer on steriods. Imagine a reformer without an apparatus attachment on top and more versatile like your 80's home gym.
It is a 45-minute fusion class that combines traditional Pilates with more strength training exercises and a little bit of cardio. Depending on your instructor, the class will vary. It promises to strengthen, tighten and tone your body. This type of training is called Lagree Fitness (I had never heard of it prior to this studio).
They also offer a more cardio based class using a Real Ryder, which essientially is a spin bike that leans and turns to the left and right.
My first class at the studio was not led by the much raved about Jody, mainly because her classes were all sold out! You can register a week in advance and I knew I wanted to take the class and was impatient, so I signed up for a 10:30 class on a Friday.
I am a well conditioned twenty-something female and was ready to get my butt kicked. My instructor did not focus too much on cardio (being a runner, I did not mind this at all). We focused mainly on our lower body. Standing and sitting on the Megareformer was a completely new experience for me.
Changing the springs took some getting used to but I quickly adjusted to learning how to increase or reduce resistence. I thought I took the class easy but the next day my inner thighs were so sore!
This is a sign, for me, that I had a good workout. The arm stuff was not very challenging for me, however, I fully acknowlege that with any fitness class, it takes a few tries to get resistence or weights appropriate for your own challenging workout.
It was very much Pilates based and I really liked the added strength. Your first class is only $5. After that, a drop-in is $30 or you can buy one of a variety monthly packages that range from $153-225. Be aware that only 11 people can take a class at a time given the number of reformers. Popular instructors and times may fill up fast as well so sign up well in advance.
I highly recommend checking out Btone for a good burn!