The change in seasons is the perfect time to get out of a workout rut and to explore new fitness routines and the best place to do that is at Equinox. Group fitness is what Equinox is known for all over the world. They provide their members with so many challenging and diverse class options, it is virtually impossible to get bored.
This type of programming qualifies as high-intensity steady-state HISS training. Each routine is made up of two sets, or stacks, of exercises. The first should include an upper-body, cardio, and core move, and the second one a lower-body, core, and cardio move.
Christian Confidential x Equinox Presents: STACKED!
Time is important — especially when it comes to exercise. And nothing beats a workout that does it all in as little time as possible. Stacked, one of the latest class offerings from Equinox , is just that and has quickly become a lunchtime staple during my week. My entire body is challenged in less than an hour, and I leave the gym feeling energized and the good kind of sore. Best of all, there is nothing boring about this class. Each class consists of two circuits that contain six different exercises. At the most recent class I took at Equinox's San Francisco gym, we started with an eight-minute dynamic warmup that elevated the heart rate and warmed up the muscles through simple cardio, stretch, and strength moves. Then we jumped right into the first exercise of the circuit triceps dips for 30 seconds; once finished, we completed a second active recovery plank before stacking the second exercise onto the circuit one-legged squats with bicep curls for another 30 seconds. But before we could even get to the squats, we had to go back to the beginning and start again with the triceps dips. When we finished that round, we added the next exercise from the list box jumps , but again, we first had to complete a second active recovery plank jumping jacks and start over from the beginning of the list and complete the triceps dips and one-legged squats with bicep curls.
I have no expectation of walking out of here looking like the Hulk. Or the next day. Because every time I take a class with more than 3 pound weights I feel too sore to exercise again for a few days. Stacked was no exception. I also need to choose lighter weights and take suggested modifications until I know how I feel the next day. You could also ask the instructor what a good starting weight might be.