the skinny: BodyRok is a reformer-based Pilates and cycling studio in the Marina. The studio offers separate 40-minute cycling and reformer classes, and a signature 50-minute Sculpt + Cycle combo class that combines lower-body focused cycling with Sculpt’s core-focused resistance training. Check out the schedule here, and book your classes early – they fill up fast!
where: 2128 Lombard St. (at Fillmore)
wear: tight leggings
instructor: Ashley (cycle) and Jake (sculpt)
cost: $10 first class / $35 drop-in
A friend told me awhile ago this was the hardest workout she had ever done in San Francisco. After taking the Sculpt + Cycle class at BodyRok last week, I can definitely say she was not exaggerating. The class I took was hosted by NetGym, a San Francisco-based fitness app, and mirrored BodyRok’s regular Sculpt + Cycle combo class with 25 minutes of spin followed by 25 minutes of sculpting on the reformers.
I signed up for the class with some friends, and we arrived with a few minutes to check out the studio and hang out before class started. The Marina studio is basically one long room, with a section in the front to store your stuff, a big, open middle space with the reformers, and a small spin room in the back. It’s pretty light on amenities, but has the basics.
The class started off with a quick intro to the instructors before they divided everyone into two groups, one to do cycling first and the other to do spin first (I think they usually have one instructor lead both, and move from cycle to sculpt). I headed to the spin room first, which was dark and already hot from the class before us, so once they shut the door I felt a little claustrophobic. After Ashley got everyone set up on their spin bikes and the music going, I forgot all about it because I was too busy concentrating on how tough the spin class was. I’m not a huge fan of cycling (indoors or out), so I didn’t love this portion of the class, but I definitely appreciated Ashley’s enthusiasm and how hard the class was for only being 25 minutes long.
After working up a serious sweat with Ashley, we headed into the main studio for the sculpt part of the class. Jake gave us a quick run down of how to use the reformers, and we started off with a series of core exercises that BURNED. We did a few different variations of planks, pikes, sit-ups, and 100s, then moved into some arm and leg exercises. The combination of the resistance on the moving reformer and Jake having us do each move until it was basically impossible to do any more made this part of the class just as sweaty as the spin part was. While I’m not a Pilates expert (it was my second reformer class) a friend I was with told me the reformer classes at BodyRok were a lot harder than most others she’s taken.
50 minutes later, the workout was done and we took a group shot (note to self, wearing a grey cotton tank top to a sweaty workout is not a good idea), before heading out. The next morning I woke up with the most sore abs I’ve ever gotten from a workout, and confirmed with my friends that took the class with me that they were just as sore. Workout success!
So, would you try a combo workout? Do you think more studios should offer them?