24 W 57th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.763237 -73.975741
Mon-Fri 6am - 9:30pm
Sat-Sun 8am - 6pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown Center, Midtown
pushing 50 and never felt better! – Well, What can I say? I am now hooked on Physique 57! I take classes at the 73rd street location and after only 7 classes, my body is transforming. I will be turning 50 this summer and I knew I needed to push myself. I love pilates, but needed more strengthening and toning exercises. Really crazy about some of the teachers, particularly Christina who is nurturing and clearly interested in how we are doing and feeling. Just love her. So thrilled I found this place!
money-making machine – a small room packed with 17 people. HARDLY any room at the bar. way too close to other women's sweaty bodies. NOT enough free weights of 5 lbs.
since the room was packed, the instructor didn't even bother showing moves most of the time, because most people wouldn't even see her from behind the other 16 women. Thus she was just walking around the room giving verbal instructions. Sorry, i didnt come to the class for the verbal instructions, not could i really understand what she was saying as it was my SECOND time there. I was forced to imitate other women and ended up just copying their mistakes, in addition to making my own.
Now, with 17 students, how much time does the instructor have to correct your mistakes and wrong posture? How much attention does each of us gets? Minimum. apart form this being ineffective, it is also plain dangerous if you dont know what you are doing.
to compensate for the lack of instruction, the instructor was rambling on about being from Joyzi, cracking stupid irrelevant jokes, and otherwise playing a cool sorority gal and distracting from the exercise - like being in a jam packed room with marginal level of instruction and attention was not exasperating enough.
when I complained to the receptionist and the manager, i was told that if I come more often, i will be faster in picking up the cues. Is that what I am paying $35 a pop for, picking up cues?
Terrible service – I've placed an order for a $99 set of DVDs, payed for EXPRESS shipping. As I was placing the order, I got a notification that if my order will be just ONE dollar more I'll get a free tote to go with it. So, I looked around, but the cheapest thing they had was a $15 ball ( which already came with the set, but I ordered another one anyway, since the tote was worth it). Again, paid for EXPRESS shipping. All items IN STOCK. A week later, I not only had NO order, but also received NO SHIPPING confirmation. I email the company, and received the reply back " SOrry, but the item you ordered is out of stock" . That item was the TOTE. I emailed back, saying that not only it showed IN stock, but also it was a FREE BONUS, which they were promoting, IF I order for over a 100$. THe customer service rep said that the TOTE is out of stock and it will be a couple of weeks before they probably get it in, due to "popularity". I explained to the rep that since I paid for EXPRESS I expect my DVDs shipped . The answer to this was " Sorry, but we do not ship separate orders . You can wait 2-3 weeks until we get the tote in stock, or you can cancel your tote order, and we will ship the DVDs." they REFUSED to refund shipping if I decided to wait. I ended up canceling my "free tote", and STILL getting the order in 10 DAYS!!!! after that! They did NOT ship express, not even priority! They shipped completely the cheapest way possible. While the DVDs, I'm sure are great, the service was TERRIBLE. I lived in NY and dealt with them before, and even in person they completely lack customer service or any sort of normal understanding. Buyer beware. By from somewhere else.... Shame on Physique 57. Good workouts do not give you the right to cheat and rip off - literally - customers, by promising more then you can deliver, and then make them decline your "free offers" after you collect at least $50 over the original order.
Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. I apologize for the delays and problems you had while ordering the DVDs. Please send us an email at infony@physique57 dot com with the subject "CitySearch" with your name so that we can look into your order and remedy this situation. Have a great day and we look forward to speaking to you.
THE BEST WORKOUT OF MY LIFE! – I started going to Physique 57 when my boss recommended it to me. She has been going for over 5 years and looks amazing. I tried it and it is absolutely addictive! My body is better than it's EVER been and i actually look forward to going to work out! The studios are clean and comfortable and the instructors are all sweethearts and great at what they do. I swear by Physique 57!!!
Grateful for their Responsiveness.... – OK. I am editing my review below. I wrote this today because I was tired and pregnant and you know how it goes. After writing the managers they called me back this afternoon, refunded me the lost class, thanked me for the feedback and said they are discussing it with the CEO. They also offered me some free classes. Really above and beyond. The manager made me feel listened to and understood. A good outcome to this. I hope they really do change their policies to help everyone.
I love this workout, have had amazing results. I have one major complaint. Their cancellation policies are way too strict. You have to sign up for a class in advance, and can only cancel 12 hours in advance without being charged the full amount of the class. If you are 10 minutes late, you still get charged for the class, even if you have not taken a slot away from anyone else. The front desk can sometimes be very rude. I happen to be pregnant. Had a slow morning. Finally got myself there, so eager to work out (it is a great pregnancy workout) and they wouldn't let me in my class. They wouldnt let me take the next class unless I paid for it which then would have meant spending over 50.00 for an hour workout. They need to rethink their policies. Just be aware, if you live far away, are pregnant, or are dealing with anything that might make you run late, this is NOT the place to expect great customer service or understanding. Its very letter of the law and strict. I know a lot of people complain about this. I would say it is the worst thing about an otherwise great workout studio.
LOVE it, love it love it!! – Physique 57 rocks. I go to the spring street location which is very zen when you walk in but totally kicks your *ss. I seriously felt results so quickly it was ridiculous, within a few classes your abs are firmer. It is addictive as others have said because it is so efficient. 2 or 3 times a week and you're done. The ONE thing I hate is how they sell plastic water bottles instead of encouraging customers to use the fountain or go to the guy 20 feet away from their front door selling them . They sell so much stuff with their logo on it, why not make an environmentally friendly water bottle, and sell that to your customers - then your name is on it and you are doing something nice for the planet.
suggestions???? – Been doing the physique 57 dvds for 6 months now - any recommendations on instructors to take at the studio??
Lovely, welcoming environment – This is the most amazing exercise option available in NYC. I've done boot camps, kick boxing, sculpting classes, you name it - but Physique57 is THE most challenging class I have ever taken. Don't ask me how they do it, but without any jumping around, your heart rate will soar, you will sweat buckets, stretch and tone your muscles and leave feeling as happy and relaxed as you can be. And all this in just 57 minutes! The teachers are just amazing too. They are so encouraging, cheerful and spending one hour in their class is just the best pick-me-up ever. I LOVED taking classes here. My only "quibble" is that the locker rooms are crazy-tiny and it can be a little stressful trying the change before or after class. Otherwise, this is a very special place and a true New York gem.
Amazing – I usually watch Regis and Kelly everyday for the past couple of yrs (I tivo and watch when I get home) and I noticed how ripped Kelly was getting, she was always mentioning P57 and I thought to myself let me try... lets just say I tried 2 months ago and now IM HOOKED! Everyone at work knows how obsessed I am and they cant believe what a change I have in just a short time. My arms are stronger and my thighs are losing the jiggle and my butt has raised up, the workout is tough but u never leave in pain just a good soreness, I have been very active my entire life and was actually starting to hate the gym so this was a perfect fit. The trainers esp Tanya are amazing, they motivate u they are fun and the music is great! NOT TO MENTION I LIVE ONE HOUR AWAY in Queens and make it to class 3 times a week because I believe in it so much.. classes get packed but sched. it right and you will get a spot.. I love P57 and cant wait for tom afternoons class!
A unique work out experience – I am a male, so going to a Lotte Berk type class seemed very foreign almost taboo to me. My wife stumbled upon Physique 57 three years ago, and I watched as she transformed before my eyes. Over two years we had two children, and my wife was going to classes right up until a week prior to the birth of both of our children. Her recovery time was so short, and she was into her normal clothes within weeks of giving birth, and I have to give a lot of credit to the work outs of Phyqisue 57.
I was very heavy I would say 60-75 lbs over weight. I decided this past January it was time to make a change. My wife encouraged me to try Physique 57 saying to me I could work out at my own pace. There were so many muscles I wouldn't work out on my own that they focus on in class. I went to my first class and fell in love immediately. I can't lie, it's a very tough workout. You can't go into class expecting a pilates class, or yoga, or even an exact Lotte Berk class. P57 is a combination of all of these exercises. Each time I go to class I find myself able to do more and more of the routine. Since January I have lost 60 lbs, and while I have dieted, and also found time to get cardio in, the speed of which I have lost weight was definitely exaggerated by attending regular classes. Anyone that has a negative comment about this class either didn't do the class correctly, or spent more time hung up on what the instructor's personality was like, and not on the actual work. I highly recommend Phsyique 57 to anyone looking for a full body/core work out. I think you will like the instructors and the work out as much as I do.
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