If you’re a a fitness fanatic—the type who wakes up at 5 a.m. and heads to the CrossFit box no matter what, or who gets to work early twice a week so you can leave early for your favorite spin instructor’s class—you need to make time to try New York’s newest fitness trend.
Push-your-limits classes like HIIT, kettle bells, and power lifting aren’t going anywhere, but now more studios are adding recovery or restorative classes to their schedules.
“A lot of people love to do these intense workouts, and we’re working out more than ever,” says Rebecca Kennedy, founder and creator of A.C.C.E.S.S., an active recovery class. “And in order to keep up with amount of activity you want to do, you need to supplement it with movement that helps you continue to move and feel as good as you did when you first started.”
Kennedy, a Barry’s Bootcamp trainer for five years, launched A.C.C.E.S.S. in January to give people that supplement. Her barefoot classes focus on core work and creating symmetry in the body. “You walk out feeling like you’ve been reset,” she says. “In an hour, we do what most people try to accomplish in a five-minute cool-down after their workout.”
But Kennedy’s isn’t the only studio offering classes centered around foam rollers and other props to restore mobility, improve recovery, and help you feel better all in all.