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Class Action: WillTKO at WillSpace


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!

Will Torres trainer new fitness class
Burned out boot campers will love unleashing hell at WillTKO. Photo: Dana Sauchelli

Will Torres, the trainer-owner of WillSpace, is known for his personal training of models and moguls (always a potent mix).

Torres also has a small studio space adjoining his West Village gem of a gym, where he envisioned a group fitness concept that was stellar and signature enough to justify a $55 per class price tag. (Classes max out at 6 people, hence the hefty cost.)

Now he’s hit on just the thing, with WillTKO, which stands for Total Knock Out, and is poised to put WillSpace on the group fitness map.

Mike Medrano, a mixed martial arts champion, created WillTKO as class to help cardio junkies tone up. If you’re a veteran boot camper like me, who loves a grueling workout but has burpee and mountain-climber fatigue, then you’ll find this class utterly refreshing and addictive.

Medrano, a 5’3″ dynamo, plays the parts of boxing coach, self-defense guru, and personal trainer. Weaving together different forms of martial arts, WillTKO alternates between fresh-feeling floor work, and using the punching bags and shadow boxing. I loved the moves with names like seated gorillas, side monkeys, flamingos, and bullfrogs. The ultimate testament is that when class ended after an hour, I thought we were at the half way point. —Alexia Brue

Who’s it for: Burnt out boot campers in search of a new moves, anyone looking for a super personalized and premium group fitness experience.

Book it or skip it: Book it.

Will Space, 254 W. 10th Street, Suite B, at Hudson St., Greenwich Village, www.willspace.com