Physique 57’s new “mashup” service let’s you mix and match your favorites.
I’ve tried just about every workout class, gym, and fitness service NYC has to offer. The one I always go back to? Physique 57.
Like most people, typical life events can get in the way of my workouts – work projects, social events, family obligations, etc. But, for my sanity, exercise is a must. And as a former athlete (I openly admit I peaked around middle school) and Pilates-certified instructor, I demand intensity. I want to be pushed, energized, and entertained. Physique offers that perfect mix for me.
Since I can’t make it into the studio as much as I’d like, and it’s definitely cost-prohibitive, I’ve often settled for the next best thing – Physique’s online streaming workouts. Until recently, the videos were relatively limited. But with a new site overhaul, there are now more workouts available, as well as my favorite new addition – a Mashup tool. As the name suggests, you can literally mash up different workouts to create the perfect one for you.
If you’d rather keep it simple – you can opt for a specific workout by type (strength, cardio, or restorative), intensity level, or duration (from 10-60 minutes). Or you can choose a set program based on how long you plan on committing (beginner 2-week, 2-week, 4-week, 8-week, or 12-week). These programs include pre-selected videos and workout mixes for you to easily follow.
But back to the mashup. The music industry has been using a similar tool for years (thank you, Glee), why not the fitness world?! By using it for workouts, you can select videos using the same filters – type, level, or duration and piece them together. My first mashup was a success! I got an ab blast with Chad (one of my favorite NYC instructors), a sprinkling of cardio with Sade (I personally owe her my sculpted seat), and a pilates-esque mat class with Cassie (my punny humor twin). For my second, I used the filtering tools to get a shorter, more restorative workout in.
As a fitness and technology tester, I haven’t seen too many tools like this that let you easily curate the workout you want. So kudos on that. For v2 though, I’d love the ability to choose by instructor and to flag parts of mashups I like to easily mix and match items I’ve already tried and liked. I’d also love a tool that could pre-select a base mashup based upon the duration I want to workout, the instructors I like, and the style of workout, instead of having to pick and add each video individually. And while I’m wishful, a filter to screen for the equipment you have (I was sans weights and ball, but made due with household props).
My workload is beautifully chaotic, which means I may not always get in the exercise I want. But I’ve found, like many others, that fitness is not only good for my body, it helps with my mental and physical well-being in other far-reaching ways. I sleep better, work better, feel better, and have been told I’m generally a much nicer person to others when I take the time to workout! While I still miss verbally sparring with the instructors in the live studios, these videos offer a close second.