Class Action: Fit for Office at New York Sports Club

This new election-themed class, which is free and open to the public, features exercises like Michelle Obama Arms and Paul Ryan Abs. And it may actually help you get both.

Fitness classes follow fashion. The city’s gyms and studios constantly launch new “It” classes. In Class Action we dish on what we’re trying, or what we really want to. And please tell us what classes you’re excited about in the Comments section, below!

(Photo Credit: Mitchel Gray for Town Sports)


When I found out that New York Sports Club was launching an election-themed workout for fall, I rolled my eyes. After two rounds of Michelle Obama Arms, however, my expression changed.

The class, Fit for Office, debuts at two midtown NYSC locations the week of September 24, and it’s free for members and non-members alike.

(Photo Credit: Mitchel Gray for Town Sports)

While the names of exercises are silly, the circuit-style training is anything but. After a short warm-up (The Primary), you hit the Campaign Trail, a series of stations pre-set for exercises like kettlebell swings (Swing States), sit-ups with oblique twists (Paul Ryan abs), and battle ropes swinging (Battle Ground). You spend 50 seconds at each station with only a 10-second break in between.

I was running in place, AKA Running For Office, like it was nothing at first, but by the time I got to the final exercise—Voter TKO—where you box with a trainer whose mitts are wearing masks of President Obama and Mitt Romney—I was dripping sweat like Nixon at the debates. After, you pair up with a partner for Find a Running Mate, which adds a little outside motivation to your moves.

Throughout the class, NYSC master trainer Prince Brathwaite circled the room, offering expert cues, corrections, and encouragement. They even managed to make a patriotic playlist that didn’t suck—think Rage Against the Machine’s Wake Up followed by Miley Cyrus singing Party in the USA.  If the actual campaign were this much fun, we bet more people would show up at the polls. —Lisa Elaine Held

Who’s it for: Those who like to work hard and have a sense of humor.

Book it or skip it: Book it.

Free for NYSC members and non-members, Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. at NYSC 44th & 5th, Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at NYSC 38th & Broadway,

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