David Barton Gym (4 Astor Pl at Broadway; 212-505-6800, davidbartongym.com ). Membership $125 per month; initiation fee varies.
Length: 45 minutes
Type of activity: Dance-infused aerobics
What to expect: A very brisk two-minute warm-up that goes straight into a series of high-energy movements. Each chunk of choreography steadily builds on the last to create a full dance routine at the end of 45 minutes.
How in shape you need to be: Gym regular; some basic dance experience helpful but not necessary.
The verdict: “Omigod, that’s a gym?!” squeals a passerby outside David Barton’s newest location in the East Village. I can’t say my reaction to the posh quad-level space is much different: Decorated like a trendy Meatpacking club—flattering low lights, thumping club music and all—this space makes you nearly forget that you’re in a fitness center. That is, until you step foot in Tina Thompson’s fast-paced, choreography-intensive class, and the sweat starts to pour. Thompson wastes no time with feeble stretches (just a few head and shoulder rolls at double time), launching straight into fancy footwork worthy of a Knicks City Dancers halftime routine. There are no instructions, simply body language that you are expected to follow. At first, the lack of direction was off-putting as I struggled to keep up, but through the power of repetition, I eventually had every move down pat. Having taken dance the majority of my youth, I forgot what an invigorating full-body workout it could be—in this case probably because Thompson crammed enough steps into 45 minutes that would take weeks to rehearse in a studio. But the point here isn’t to master each move; rather it’s to exercise every muscle, and as my calves, glutes, shoulders and lower back can attest, it’s a fun way to get the job done.—Cristina Velocci
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TINA'S SIGNATURE CLASSES
PILABALLETPilates & ballet Fusion using therabands/ Bar station to help bring out the inner dancer in you. Flexibility and Strength initiatives are primary focuses. Sashay your way to the stage with this New Era athletic ballet class set to fresh, hot music. Tina uses classic ballet positions and basic dance techniques to help bring out the inner dancer in you. Open Level.
EMPOWERMENT Dance Series-
Dance based highly choreographed programs designed for group fitness and dance class environments. The choreographed programs showcase multi/diverse dance styles with a ballet based foundation and basic dance techniques to help bring out the inner dancer in you. Flexibility and Strength initiatives are primary focuses. Sashay your way to the stage with this New Era athletic ballet class set to fresh, hot music ranging from African to Classical. Tina uses classic ballet positions and basic dance techniques to help bring out the inner dancer in you. Open Level.
COMPETITION CAMP® Competitor Series by Tina Thompson)
Sport-aerobic and fitness competition moves with based highly choreographed programs designed for fitness competitors and dance fitness environments. The individualized programs showcase multi/diverse dance styles with a ballet based foundation and basic dance techniques to help bring out the inner competitor in you. Flexibility and Strength initiatives are primary focuses. Power movements and speed with agility are coached in this one-hour master class. Intermediate/Advanced Level.
THE BODYWRAP®- Pilates and Core based system Designed by Tina exclusively for those who wish to acquire an athletic and dancer approach to their exercise program. DVD's will target the core and flexibility components of fitness and challenge your total body awareness.
LEGENDARY STEP®- Highly-Turbo choreographed Intermediate cardio workout.One of the most popular forms of aerobic workouts, a step class is an excellent way to get fit. Essentially a step class involves the use of a raised platform on which a series of exercises are performed under the guidance of an instructor. Music is generally played to keep things moving at rhythmic pace. A good step class should be fun, energetic and give you a full workout.
FITCAMPFIERCE® the ultimate cardio endurance workout with 2DAYS of intense specialty training implementing exercises for the arms, legs and back followed by 20 minutes of abs w/effective stretching. This workout will leave you feeling stronger! All fitness levels. ''SERGEANT DIVA' will be waiting!
Despite that whole food poisoning thing I dragged myself to Tina Thompson’s Ultimate Conditioning class at Crunch last night. You may have taken aerobics classes before but until you’ve taken a class with Tina you’ve never truly challenged yourself in a class setting. The woman is a force of nature. She has her own fitness videos, fitness shoe and crazy boot camp in Florida. She pushes her class until you’re floating so high on endorphins you can almost ignore the pain. One class is usually enough to convert any newcomer to the cult of Tina. I dropped an entire dress size in 2 months last year when I started her pilates class. She’s also without a doubt the most irreverent and hilarious teacher you’ll ever have. I remember her advising us at one point to make sure to pack our husbands’/boyfriends’ gym clothes so that we could be certain he was dressed poorly at the gym, (”You don’t want him to look good when you’re not there, I never want to hear ‘I met her at the gym baby.’ Oh no you didn’t! Put him in those purple sweats with the holes, she won’t even look at him. That’s right ladies, you know what I’m saying.”). Most importantly Tina truly cares about her students; she remembers me and pushes me to surpass what she’s seen me do in the past, (”I know you can do better than that! What are you doing with those little weights? I’ll get you some weights.”). This is Tina:
Tina Thompson at the National Ms. Fitness Competition