What’s Your ‘Ness’? Try This Sculpt Class and Find Out!
What could be better than spending the last day of my birthday month trying a new-to-me workout class with The Ness out at Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa? Nothing, right?
While I typically spend a fair amount of time on the east end of Long Island in the summer when the weather is nice, there was something especially peaceful about being by the beach on a cold November day. There was no braving the sea of visitors that flock to the area in the summer or needing to escape from the scorching sun. On the last brisk day of November, it was quiet and calm out in Montauk—with the only crowds being around the fire pit on the deck at Gurney’s.
I decided to head out east when I saw that The Ness, a workout studio in Tribeca (that also shares my nickname), was hosting a pop-up at the resort. I started following the studio on Instagram a few months ago after seeing their heart-pumping cardio trampoline workout featured on their page, and instantly decided that I needed to try a class.
In the interest of full disclosure, I was a little disappointed when I first arrived at Gurney’s and saw that this was not one of the trampoline workouts that I had seen on Instagram, and instead was an unassuming mat class. But let me tell you, don’t let the mats fool you (as they apparently did me). This was a W-O-R-K-O-U-T!
Serena, a trainer at The Ness, taught the almost hour-long muscle sculpting class, which was complete with non-stop movement on the mat and some pretty awesome choreography, if you ask me. I definitely thought it was going to be a lot less intense than it actually turned out to be (case in point, I literally could not move the next day). And while there were plenty of times during the class that I wanted to take a breather, having the gorgeous ocean views to look at while I sweated it out definitely gave me some additional motivation. For me, the best part of the class was actually feeling how much my Gyrotonic sessions have benefited me and helped me connect my breath to movement. I found myself at times during the class being able to deepen a movement because I was able to tap into my breath. That was such an amazing feeling! Clearly, my ‘ness’ during this class was mindfulness.
So, what did I love about the sculpt class? I loved that I got a low-impact total body workout in…and I got my sweat on. I also really liked how the movements and routines were tied to the beat of the music, which made it easier to keep going with the workout. If you are planning to try a sculpt class with The Ness, you’ll need sneakers, plenty of water, and a lot of energy. But you’ll have a great time. The best part about this workout, is that if you live nowhere near The Ness in New York City, you can still take their classes online or with you when you travel.
I’m looking forward to actually seeing the space at The Ness (which looks like a peaceful oasis on their website) and trying one of their trampoline classes the next time I’m in the city. Overall, I thought their sculpt class had great energy, kept me moving, and worked some major muscle groups (which in my case, are still sore two days later).