There’s no denying the New York City fitness industry is booming—if you can dream up an activity (trampoline workouts, aerial yoga, lightsaber classes), chances are you can find it on ClassPass, MindBody, or somewhere in your neighborhood.
So it's hard for jaded New Yorkers to be surprised when a new workout pops up on the sweat scene. Yet a class called A.C.C.E.S.S. has everyone—from yogis to trainers—buzzing.
A.C.C.E.S.S. stands for “Athletes. Connection. Core. Endurance. Strength. Stretch.”, and it was created by Rebecca Kennedy, a trainer with an awesome fitness resume. She's a former NFL cheerleader, USA gymnast, professional dancer, and current Barry’s Bootcamp instructor and Nike Master Trainer.
What it isn’t: A sweaty workout for people who want to burn calories.
What it is: A fun class, full of athletes, that will stretch your body in new ways, help you focus on your breathing, and challenge your muscles without leaving you drenched in a puddle.
Kennedy makes sure there are just 14 attendees in each class, so she can provide her full attention to everyone in the room. There's no equipment used and everyone is barefoot.
You spend about 20 minutes stretching—but not with the standard dynamic routine most classes swear by (think high knees, jumping jacks). In A.C.C.E.S.S. you start on the ground, breathing into different positions and stretching like crazy. The 60-minute class speeds up as it goes and finishes with a core series that involves rolling your body on the ground, side-to-side.
It's a recovery workout that isn't quite yoga, and isn't just about stretching. It's about athletes taking a day off from the hard-core stuff, and giving their bodies what they need, while still moving in a purposeful way—no 'ohm' required this time.