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Class Action: Summit at Exceed Physical Culture


The Upper East Side studio's signature class uses lots of toys—kettlebells, TRXs, Bosus, and more—in a butt-kicking, body-changing interval format.

Exceed Physical Culture
 

Exceed Physical Culture is like a fitness playground for adults. And the Upper East Side’s signature group class, called Summit, puts its many toys to use—kettlebells, TRXs, Bosus, and more—in an interval format that keeps both your body and brain working constantly. (And your sweat flowing.)

Summit, which actually stands for Strength and Ultra Metabolic Movement Interval Training, was created by trainer and co-owner Ed Cashin as a full-body workout meant to improve your strength and endurance. (And sweat production.)

Classes vary, but mine consisted of TRX circuits alternating with killer mat work and intervals on the rowing machine with trainer Michael Jock (real name!).

While half the class was doing TRX intervals or tricep extensions, one-leg squats, lunges with a jump, the other half hit the mat for Bosu burpees, walking planks, push-ups, and medicine ball squats.

Then we got on the rowing machines for 90-second Tabata intervals. And we finished off with feet-in-the-TRX core work that made pike feel basically impossible.

The result is a full-body, metabolism-boosting workout that will leave you feeling strong (and sore).

And like other studios that offer functional interval training and props (like Body Space Fitness and The Fhitting Room) classes are small. So while you feel the motivating energy of the group, you’ll never get lost in the crowd—or tangled in a TRX. —Lisa Elaine Held

Who’s it for: Strength and endurance seekers, boot camp lovers, those with fitness ADD

1477 Third Ave., between 83rd and 84th Sts., Upper East Side, $32 per class, www.exceedphysicalculture.com

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