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Studio Review: Chaise23

  • June 25, 2013
  • By Brittany
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Studio Review: Chaise23

Chaise23 has been on my list for awhile now to try out.  I was intrigued by their use of a “chair” device and bungee system.  It seemed like a Pilates based program, and while I enjoy barre classes, which have roots in Pilates, I don’t love Pilates mat classes (mainly because I find that I can get a similiar and better workout with other programs-although a caveat was the reformer class I tried earlier this year!).  Nevertheless, I thought this would be a cool class to try out!

My first class was called Reinvention.  I arrived 15 minutes prior to the start of class as the website suggested and met with our instructor, Cat Scanlon.  She showed us some basic moves on the chair and we got to try out using the chair and bungee system.  If you are a first timer to Chaise, I highly recommend you take advantage of this before class demonstration.  Even if you are not new to exercise in general, getting used to the chair at your own pace before class begins is important for you to 1.) avoid an injury due to improper use of the equipment, and 2.) get the most out of your class without wasting time figuring out what the heck you are supposed to be doing!

The chair used at Chaise23 looks more like a padded stool and is about thigh height (at least on me!).  It has a bar connected to it that you can push down with your hands or your feet to create a resistance effect.  The bar has different resistance levels, allowing you to customize the resistance effort for the class, although you generally stay at one level for most of the class.  The bungees were suspended from the ceiling above the chairs.  They looked very much like long resistance tubes with handles on the end.  You hold the bungees for almost the entire class, which creates great resistance for your upper body.

The Reinvention class had us performing pumping moves with our arms in the bungees, core work while balancing on the chair and leg work balancing on the chair while utilizing a small ball.  We did some tricep dips off the side of the chair as well as boat poses and C curves while sitting on the chair.

A few of the signature chair moves included lying on one side on the chair with legs straight and one arm resting on the bar while the top arm remained in the bungee and extended straight.  We then pushed down on the bar lowering it towards the ground and back up again.  This created tension in our arms and core and although we were lying on the chair, we still needed to maintain our balance.

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Another signature move we did was standing on the bar with our hands on the chair, using our abs we allowed the bar to lift off the ground and pushed it back down again in small pulsing movements that worked our abs and legs.  A variation of this move included standing with one foot on the chair, knee bent and pushing the bar down with only one leg.  There were so many new moves that I had never done before!  I can’t say the class was easy but as with any new program, over time you get used to working with the equipment and you learn the signature moves.  I definitely worked up a sweat and was feeling sore the next day!

My second class at Chaise23 was the Cardio Chair class.  I was looking forward to trying this class out because it promised a bit more of a cardio workout than the traditional Reinvention class.  I was excited to see how they paired up.  Cardio they did deliver!  My heart rate got up there and I defnitely burned more calories (by comparison I burned 286 versus 450).  This class involved jumping, high knees and other cardio moves with our hands in the bungees.  Interspersed within the cardio bursts were some of the moves I recognized from the Reinvention class which were meant to keep your burn going but were a nice reprieve from the high intensity of the cardio bursts.  This was a tough and sweaty class.  I enjoyed the pace of it and still felt like I got some good toning work in.

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My third class with Chaise was Ballet Bungee.  As a classically trained ballet dancer, I truly appreciate classes that can take traditional ballet moves and make them accessible to the general public.  Let me tell you, this class brought back all the memories of why ballet is so darn hard!  Ballet Bungee does not use the chair, rather only the bungees.  The class is 45 minutes in length (compared to Reinvention and Cardio, which are 55 minutes) and you should expect to perform traditional ballet moves like plies, tendus, arabesques, piques, releves, attitudes and even jumps like changements.  I LOVED this class!  I think it was my favorite because it got back to my ballet roots!  The bungees added a whole new dimension to the workout because you constantly had resistance on your arms, giving you a great arm workout (which ballet often misses).  I also found that the bungees threw me off balance a little bit and I had to engage my core even more to keep myself in proper alignment.  The end of the class involved some ab work on the floor using bungees attached to the ceiling just above the mirrors.  The moves were challenging and I felt my abs burning by the time we got to the stretch at the end.

Overall I have to say I loved Chaise23 even more than I thought I would.  I will definitely go back!  A couple of things to keep in mind if you are going for your first time:

– there are no showers so you have to factor this in if you are planning to go there before work

– the class size is obviously limited since you need equipment for every class so popular times can book up quickly

– you really must get there 15 minutes prior to your first class to learn the basics of using the equipment

Readers, have you tried any new classes lately that you’ve enjoyed?  Do you like Pilates or Pilates-based classes?

By Brittany, June 25, 2013
0 Comments
  • Holly
    June 25, 2013

    I love Pilates ! Not sure about the bungees–I might spend too much time thinking about managing them rather than using them, but I would try it.

    • FitBritt
      June 26, 2013

      The bungees were not that difficult to deal with. You basically just keep your hands in them the whole time. The chair was more difficult to master!

  • Holly
    June 25, 2013

    I love Pilates ! Not sure about the bungees–I might spend too much time thinking about managing them rather than using them, but I would try it.

    • FitBritt
      June 26, 2013

      The bungees were not that difficult to deal with. You basically just keep your hands in them the whole time. The chair was more difficult to master!

  • Holly
    June 25, 2013

    I love Pilates ! Not sure about the bungees–I might spend too much time thinking about managing them rather than using them, but I would try it.

    • FitBritt
      June 26, 2013

      The bungees were not that difficult to deal with. You basically just keep your hands in them the whole time. The chair was more difficult to master!

  • Alison
    June 26, 2013

    This sounds fun and interesting. And hard! Glad you had fun!

  • Alison
    June 26, 2013

    This sounds fun and interesting. And hard! Glad you had fun!

  • Alison
    June 26, 2013

    This sounds fun and interesting. And hard! Glad you had fun!

  • Anna
    June 26, 2013

    I’ve never heard of Chaise 23, but they’re Flat Iron class isn’t too far from – and their tag line, “ballet bungee” definitely intrigues me!

    I’m super late in the game, but recently tried out a Soul Cycle class for the first time. It certainly lived up to the hype – I was sweating buckets!

    • FitBritt
      June 26, 2013

      Ballet Bungee is definitely fun! You should try it! I used to go to Soul Cycle but now I’m a big fan of Flywheel. Similiar concept but I think the workouts are actually more challenging!

  • Anna
    June 26, 2013

    I’ve never heard of Chaise 23, but they’re Flat Iron class isn’t too far from – and their tag line, “ballet bungee” definitely intrigues me!

    I’m super late in the game, but recently tried out a Soul Cycle class for the first time. It certainly lived up to the hype – I was sweating buckets!

    • FitBritt
      June 26, 2013

      Ballet Bungee is definitely fun! You should try it! I used to go to Soul Cycle but now I’m a big fan of Flywheel. Similiar concept but I think the workouts are actually more challenging!

  • Anna
    June 26, 2013

    I’ve never heard of Chaise 23, but they’re Flat Iron class isn’t too far from – and their tag line, “ballet bungee” definitely intrigues me!

    I’m super late in the game, but recently tried out a Soul Cycle class for the first time. It certainly lived up to the hype – I was sweating buckets!

    • FitBritt
      June 26, 2013

      Ballet Bungee is definitely fun! You should try it! I used to go to Soul Cycle but now I’m a big fan of Flywheel. Similiar concept but I think the workouts are actually more challenging!

  • Angela
    June 26, 2013

    I love Chaise! I’ve tried Reinvention Chair and Cardio Chair, but not Ballet Bungee yet – a little scared of that one since I’m not at all graceful. I’m trying their new Bungee Blast class this weekend though. Really excited to give it a try!

    I see from your comment above that you’re a fellow Fly fan! We should Fly together sometime – I’m a new addict! Love the metrics part of it.

    • FitBritt
      June 26, 2013

      Oh I haven’t heard of Bungee Blast. Let me know how you like it! We should definitely Fly together! I like Alison’s class on Tuesdays at 6:30pm on the UES. When/Where do you usually go?

  • Angela
    June 26, 2013

    I love Chaise! I’ve tried Reinvention Chair and Cardio Chair, but not Ballet Bungee yet – a little scared of that one since I’m not at all graceful. I’m trying their new Bungee Blast class this weekend though. Really excited to give it a try!

    I see from your comment above that you’re a fellow Fly fan! We should Fly together sometime – I’m a new addict! Love the metrics part of it.

    • FitBritt
      June 26, 2013

      Oh I haven’t heard of Bungee Blast. Let me know how you like it! We should definitely Fly together! I like Alison’s class on Tuesdays at 6:30pm on the UES. When/Where do you usually go?

  • Angela
    June 26, 2013

    I love Chaise! I’ve tried Reinvention Chair and Cardio Chair, but not Ballet Bungee yet – a little scared of that one since I’m not at all graceful. I’m trying their new Bungee Blast class this weekend though. Really excited to give it a try!

    I see from your comment above that you’re a fellow Fly fan! We should Fly together sometime – I’m a new addict! Love the metrics part of it.

    • FitBritt
      June 26, 2013

      Oh I haven’t heard of Bungee Blast. Let me know how you like it! We should definitely Fly together! I like Alison’s class on Tuesdays at 6:30pm on the UES. When/Where do you usually go?

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