“Covinient location, small class, knowledgeable staff”
“This is a great place”
“They are very nice people, and they will treat you with class.”
“Great quality for the skill I am learning for the same money I 've spent on the mindless gym membership over the years.”
I have tried most of the kickboxing and Muay Thai gyms in Manhattan and finally settled on this location because the instruction is good, the place is clean and they have a ton of classes which works with my crazy schedule.
Almost one month of classes and I am happy with my decision to join. I found this class from a groupon and joined after a few classes. They play good music and the trainers are always friendly and upbeat. When I joined they said the classes are always different but I thought that was just a sales line but they actually are pretty different which helps get through the classes. Punching and kicking a bag is the best workout I have done and I have seen results. Good place.
Truly amazing place. A good workout and real martial arts training but friendly for beginners. PS place is very clean, I guess some people never wrestled in highschool, I did and know the smell of BLEACH. Yeah, you can smell bleach in the space, because they clean the mats every day. That doesn't make the place dirty, it makes it CLEAN. I've been in a few boxing gyms and martial arts schools, this place is much better
I have been going here 2 months after doing a groupon special. I just love this place, everyone is so cool and friendly and the workout is killer. They have a ton of classes which is cool, only downside is I can't do morning classes because there is no shower. I just love kickboxing
I was getting a little tired of my
weight routine but honestly could not see myself doing yoga or aerobics. This is not a martial arts class, it is a workout, but it is a very good one. More cardio than my weights and a darn good sweat. I have only lost a few pounds, but I definitely feel better.
I feel bad for any business owners these days, no matter what you can't please everyone. I have seen people complain there is too much sweat, then even seen someone say they didn't sweat enough. People complain there are too many people in class, but if THEY showed up and couldn't take class, you know they would complain. As a gym person for many years, this place is actually VERY CLEAN. If you are afraid of sweat, you aren't a workout person
I've finally finished my contract
classes at nysanda & here is my final review, I waited to review til I finished the series. I've taken at least 2 classes at all the time slot classes EXCEPT for the 12PM class from the beginning of 2011- mid 2012. (I've mostly taken 7am, 630pm & 530pm classes. Took the 730pm classes just 3 times, though) TL;DR. I didn't get enough out of these classes. These are all newbie classes - there's no real room for growth & progression as you'll never really get beyond an uppercut, jabs & crosses. I found I could get cheaper/similar workouts at other group classes that have water fountains & showers.
1. UM. DIRTY. It smells pretty bad in there. It's almost understandable for the 6:30/7:30p to stink since there are classes before. But in my opinion, there is NO reason that the 7:00AM class should smell bad, nor the 5:30PM class. People sweat pretty bad in there, there should be a wipe down between classes. Right now it's UNSANITARY. (also, there are no showers!)
2. INSTRUCTORS. For the most part, the only time you will receive any comment on form, is if you are there for the first time & they're trying to impress you. In fact, when I took the 6:30 class, I was there a half hour early. The man w/the belly teaching the 530 class was yelling out instructions for people to do on the bags, and he didn't even watch them! He was just randomly fighting the air away from the students as he was barking out things to do. (This is one of the reasons I believe you cannot progress here). It was a small 18-person class, too! There have been some, but not a lot of comment on form during the 7am and 630pm class (with the female teacher). Btw, the man with the belly gets a lot of slack, but his legs and arms are pretty toned - and his form looks pretty good. Still, I can understand how having a belly at a facility that promotes "sick bodies" looks bad.
3. CLASS SIZE. ALWAYS PACKED. Unless you're at the 7am class, and sometimes the 530pm class. You don't pre-reg for classes, and members aren't turned down. You're packed like sardines and there are no showers!!!
4. HIGH PRESSURE SALES. I'm a sucker for high pressure sales, so i'll admit this is my fault for buying the package but man are they pushy. They tell you it's no pressure as they're pressuring you...
5. PROGRESSION is a big thing for me, not necessarily for weight, but for skill. The thing is after going there for so long you SEE people NOT progressing. In fact I've had partners who told me they have gone 2-3 times a week for months and you can tell their form is off. It just looks like they're doing it wrong. And they're not getting corrected - the instructors walk right passed them. Another sign of progression for me - is when some of the moves are so simple for some people, that they have to do a modified version to make it worth it for them. There's none of this. And that's a real disappointment to me. (Also, I've seen people stay the same).
6. WATER. Cmon there should at least be a water fountain! And if not - there should definitely be showers. Also the hand soap...they skimp on that, it's watered down. WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS WATERS DOWN HANDSOAP?!
OVERALL. The workout itself will make you sweat, but you're not really going to learn anything. You may get slim, but it's more cost effective to go to group classes at a regular gym be equipped with showers.
Finally had some results. I have wasted money on gym memberships and never gone so I was very hisitant to join kickboxing class. I took a groupon for just 4 classes and used all 4 first. I finally joined because there are a lot of classes and I can find one even with work and my classes. The workout is hard but they are very friendly and nice and push you in a nice way. I wanted to lose 10 pounds, I have only lost 4 but that is more than I ever lost before, that was in like one month. Like this place, told my friends
More interesting than gym.
I bought a groupon for 10 classes recently and just finished my first week of classes. I have never done kickbox or martial arts and was a little nervous. They are very friendly and helped me a lot, and I definitely sweated a lot in class. After the first class I was really sore and wasnt' even sure I could go back
Having joined gyms a few times and NEVER gone, this is a lot different, a group class with other people helped me get through the workout. A whole hour as opposed to 20 minutes in the gym and getting bored.
So far, three classes and they were not all the same. I worked more legs one day, nore shoulders the next. I like the fact we wear the gloves and get to kick the bags
Great workout but packed classes make it hard to mark growth.
I bought a great Groupon Deal for this place. It was something like $30, 3 classes, it included 1 personal training session and boxing gloves. The workout was pretty good, and I'm a sucker for pushy sales people, so I enrolled in a set of classes.
It's a pretty good work-out. Most days, depending on who I partner up with, I'm drenched in sweat. A good lesson - say that you're new everytime and get partnered up with a semi-vet. The classes are extremely full and I'm not always sure I'm doing things correctly. They do have more than one instructor when classes are full. They're friendly & well meaning BUT and this is a big BUT, they can't always monitor your form bc of the amount of people in one class. So you're not sure if you're doing things correctly or if you're doing it wrong and hindering your progress (This is why I suggest to try and partner up with a semi-vet or a stacked guy).
As far as progress goes - they're all beginner classes. So i'm not sure if I'm getting better or not. There's no real way to really mark your growth within the actual moves. No tests, no "OK, you can do this, now try this harder move" Now don't get me wrong - I feel great after a class, but i'd still like to know how my skills can compare.
I see a lot of people wrap their hands in tape - and thought maybe a few minutes could go towards how to wrap hands, how to make sure you're not damaging hands, joints, etc. Or should this just be you-tubed?
Also, one minor con: The first day I went, I have to admit, I was overwhelmed with the smell. Yes, I understand, people sweat, but people sweat at the gym, and it doesn't smell that bad. A friend of mine also got the deal, and she was also pretty sensitive to the stench. I'm not sure if I have gotten used to the smell within the last month or if it's actually subsided - but I haven't smelled it within the last 3 times.
real results. I have tried a ton of things that never worked for me. I have seen real results here. And everyone is super nice
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