January 12, 2011

Refine Method Rocks

It's been a week since I returned from vacation and I'm finally getting back into the swing of things. Especially with my running. During my time in California, I spent 10 days eating, drinking wine and doing things to my body that a runner should probably never do. I don't regret any of it cause I had an incredible time, but my first few runs back in NYC were ridiculously difficult for someone who just finished a marathon. Major wake-up call that I needed to get my ass back in gear, and quick.

So as I usually do when I need some discipline, I sat down last night and put together an action plan. I'm going to approach my fitness as I would training for a marathon, with a workout schedule. Except for some flexibility, I'm going to take it week by week and create a new plan every Sunday night. This week's schedule involves plenty of running and two kickboxing classes. But for next week, I'm dying to also add in a Refine Method class which I hope will become a regular part of my routine.

Refine Method you ask? Refine Method is a class introduced to me by Dori of Dori's Shiny Blog. Founded by former New York City Ballet dancer Brynn Jinnett, it's a circuit workout in which both cardio and strength training intervals are incorporated to strengthen your core and tone your entire body. Brynn and her trainers hold classes in a cozy and intimate studio on NYC's Upper East Side which is lined with mirrors and pulley systems that are used as part of the workout. When I first read about the workout on Dori's blog, I knew I had to try it, so she encouraged me to join her at a class right away.

The class was incredible and Brynn was fantastic! Aside from being a complete sweetheart, she's a fantastic teacher. Since the classes are limited to a few people at a time, she's able to give everyone individual attention and walked around to adjust us, helping us with proper alignment and focusing on specific muscles. I found out that exercises I had been doing for years could have been so much more effective had I just shifted my hips a bit or made other slight adjustments. We did lunges, planks, ab work, bursts of cardio and a whole host of moves that forced me to use my core to keep my balance. When I walked out of the class, the first thing I said to Dori was "that's the kind of class that makes you realize you can have the body you want as long as you work hard enough." My entire body was sore for days after the class, the sign of an effective workout, and I loved it!

If you live in New York City, I highly encourage you to check out Refine Method for an incredible workout. The first class is free and after that, Brynn offers pay-per-class, class packs and membership options. 

Refine Method
340 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
(646) 820-3463

I have a feeling Refine Method will become an important part of my marathon training. I can't wait to watch as my body transforms!


  1. AMAZING review!! I was so happy to have you in class with me -- dressed the same, no less -- and can't wait to go to many more together. Always followed by veggie fajitas and margaritas at Cilantro, of course. Refine will definitely help you get back into the swing of things. And it will get you your buns of steal -- I've been doing it for a couple of months now, and yesterday a guy I . . . uh, know . . . said "I can break a 2x4 on your ass." Yes, it works.

  2. I want to go to this with you!! Maybe during Feb break when I have off!