Thursday, February 5, 2015

Oiselle Takes Refine

As I mentioned in my training recap from the week of 1/19, I was able to take part in a Oiselle Team + Flock Refine class.  Dori, a fellow Oiselle Flock member organized a class for us at Refine's new West Village location.

Our class was taught by Brynn, who created and founded Refine.  I'd taken a couple of Refine classes two years ago, but didn't stick with it.  It had been a while (obviously) and I had forgotten how difficult they are!  The class is structured as a unique mashup between a HIIT workout, TRX and a personal trainer session.

The format uses a weighted pulley system for resistance training, kettlebells, straps and medicine balls.  You also do a lot of body weight exercises - squats, lunges and pushups.

The class is small so you do get personal attention.  Brynn walked throughout the studio for the whole class, correcting form (if needed) or working with you to get the most out of the exercise.

You might not feel sore right away, but oh man, I was sore for 2 days after both classes!

As you might remember, doing more cross training was one of my New Year goals, so Refine classes align perfectly with that goal.  I've already bought a 10 class pack and am looking forward to getting stronger!

And what is a blog post without pictures?  Luckily, Dori was nice enough to document the class so you get to see some of the moves!  And since it was a Oiselle class, be prepared for lots of #FlyStyle.

Matching Flock members looking fly in grey pre-class
Lunges with Kettlebells.  That's Brynn in the orange top helping with form (and me on the left side).
Medicine ball throws.  Great way to release stress!
Bridges.  Oh so many bridges.
Toe taps on the medicine balls
Bicep curls on the pulley system
And of course, side planks for core!
Oiselle Takes Refine!
 Of course, we followed class with brunch in the neighborhood.  It was a great way to get know some more Flock members and spend a Saturday afternoon!

If you are in NYC and looking for a good cross training class to add to your schedule, I highly recommend checking out Refine!


  1. This sounds like something I should be doing. I need to add more cross training for sure!

    1. It's one of my New Year's resolutions and I've been doing well so far! I am definitely feel myself getting stronger!