Tuesday, August 21, 2018

I did 67 workouts in less than 4 months | Onefit review

Hi, readers (if you're still with me). As you might have noticed, I took a two-month blogging break. Summer, work and holidays happened. And while I'm still not sure whether I will continue updating this space on a regular basis (for the main reason that I'm behind a laptop 40+ hours a week so I try to use my "spare" time differently), I have missed sharing things with you! One thing I've been doing quite enthusiastically since May is Onefit. Mostly to compensate with all that time spent behind a desk. So in this post, I'll be sharing mini-reviews of ALL the Onefit workouts I've tried over the last 4 months in Amsterdam, and let you know which ones I loved and disliked!
Onefit review Amsterdam

For those of you who don't know Onefit, it's essentially the Dutch equivalent of Classpass (only MUCH cheaper). The concept is simple: you pay €59/month to get access to nearly every workout studio or gym in the city where you're located. I believe Amsterdam has more than 150 studios which are part of Onefit, so there are PLENTY of choices. When I just joined Onefit, I decided to try a ton of different classes, but by now I've found my favorites so I mostly go to the same studios now. Want to know which ones they are? Keep on reading!


BOXING CLASSES

Onefit review Amsterdam

Ettaki Gym - Zaktraining (boxing)

I've done these bag training classes a couple of times. They're always packed - 30+ people - which is not always my favorite type of training environment, especially not if you prefer to have personal guidance to improve your boxing skills. But the classes are always very intense and effective!
Score: 3.5/5

Splash - Boksen
This class is only taught on Tuesdays at 8 PM, and I try to make it 99% of the time. It's personally my favorite boxing class because the trainer is great, he gives good directions and the class is super intense (and we sometimes spar). The groups are never bigger than 10 people usually which is an added bonus.
Score: 5/5

Het Gymlokaal - Boksen zaktraining
I only attended this class once. I don't know if the trainer was having a bad day, but I actually hated this class. It's supposed to be a bag training class, however, the class started with 20 minutes of "warming up" with push-ups and burpees. And the class involved more strength training than boxing. I wanted a boot camp, I would have signed up for one. 
Score: 1/5


Onefit review Amsterdam

Vos Gym - Boksen
I always feel like the more basic the gym is, the better the classes. This is also true for Vos, which has some excellent technical boxing classes. You also get to do sparring here which I like. Not for beginners, but good if you're looking to improve your boxing technique. 
Score: 4/5

New York Gym - Boxing Advanced

I've done this class twice, but to be honest, it's not really my favorite. Although this class is hard, it's because it's mainly focused on endurance. It's called advanced, but the moves are extremely repetitive and not technically challenging. They're only challenging because your arms get tired from repeating. The location is nice though and it's a good workout in the end. 
Score: 2/5

The Gym Republic - Kickbokszaktraining

I've only made it here once, simply because it's too far from where I live (20 mins biking). But this gym is really cool, located on the ground floor on a corner, with all glass windows which open up. The trainer was good and friendly, but I found the class itself to be a bit too much beginner level.
Score: 3.5/5




Ready2Rumble - Boksen zaktraining
You'd never guess that there's a boxing gym on the top floor of a kindergarten building, but there is. Location isn't that nice, but the classes are. Short warm up, and a lot of bag work. Technically not too hard, but you'll definitely break a sweat.
Score: 4/5

Gustav Gym Centrum - (Kick)boxing zaktraining

I can't say much about this class yet since I went to the first class ever yesterday and the newly opened Gustav Gym (also opened yesterday). Because the gym is so new, it was only me and another girl who signed up for the class. So we had a private training session basically, which was super intense. I will definitely come back here to try some more classes!
Score: 4.5/5

Great - Outdoor boxing
This class is a little different than the others since it's outdoor. What a brilliant way to start your not-so-lazy Sunday! A long 1.5 hour session right on the Museum Square. Nice teacher, nice surroundings and a good workout (boxing on pads). Love it!
Score: 4.5



YOGA
Onefit review Amsterdam


LUVI Yoga - Vinyasa Flow
This studio is located near the Red Light district of Amsterdam, which feels like a fun contrast. The studio is located in what looks like a refurbished garage, including cold concrete floors. Not the coziest place for yoga, but the classes are pretty nice, and so are the teachers. 
Score: 3.5/5

Equal Yoga Rozengracht - Hot Fusion

I'll start with my favorite yoga class. I love everything here: the brand new studio + facilities, the teachers, the vibe and the class itself. It's a very high-end yoga studio and you can feel it in every aspect. The Hot Fusion classes always follow the same routine which is great because I mostly go at 7 AM so you don't want to think too much then. My favorite teacher is Robbert.
Score: 5/5


Onefit review Amsterdam

The Conscious Club - Morning Flow
This is definitely a more spiritual kind of yoga, compared to Equal. The morning flow class is really nice to start your day with, nothing too intense. For some reason, I don't love this studio though. It feels a bit too shabby chic. 
Score: 4/5

The Conscious Club - Yin Restorative

Again, the same studio. I'd never tried Yin yoga before and after trying this class, I decided it's not for me. It feels much slower than Vinyasa and there's not really a "flow", so I find it hard to really get into it. But if Yin's your thing, you might like it!
Score: 3/5


Onefit review Amsterdam

Yagoy De Pijp - Relax & Restore
I did this class on a Sunday and I was perfect. It's 75 minutes of slow movements and stretches with a focus on breathing. Exactly what you need to relax on a Sunday night, recharge for the week to come. 
Score: 4/5

Yagoy West - Sweat & Flow

The name of this class is a bit misleading, as it's not a hot yoga class. It's a Vinyasa class in a regular space. What I disliked about this was that the yoga room is too small for the number of people in it. The room also faces a busy street so there's a lot of noise coming from outside, which is distracting. Must go back for a second try though!
Score: 2.5/5

LUVI Yoga - Vinyasa Flow

This studio is located near the Red Light district of Amsterdam, which feels like a fun contrast. The studio is located in what looks like a refurbished garage, including cold concrete floors. Not the coziest place for yoga, but the classes are pretty nice, and so are the teachers. 
Score: 3.5/5


Onefit review Amsterdam


BARRE
Onefit review Amsterdam

PLTS - Barre
For some reason, this studio is super popular, so classes (limited spots) are usually fully booked. I haven't been able to snatch a spot in the reformer class, but I have tried the Barre class about 5 times. It's not the most challenging barre class, but a good start to the day if you take the 7 AM class. The instructors are always bubbly and friendly, which gives me some New York vibes.  Score: 3.5/5


Onefit review Amsterdam

Studio 191 West - Different kinds of Barre 
Barre 191, Core Barre, Barre + Beats, Barre Booty, Barre Burn, Barre Box... I'm pretty sure I tried every barre class at this studio. Although they all have different names, they're all pretty similar, with small variations. Classes are fun and you definitely feel the burn! My favorite one is the Barre 191 class on Friday mornings at 7 AM, taught by Lauren. 
Score: 5/5


Onefit review Amsterdam

BarreConcept - BarreConcept Workout Intermediate 

Only tried this class once. While the gym is more shabby than the others I've been to, the class was definitely more ballet/barre focused, which was nice. There are more repetitions in this class so you'll definitely feel sore the next day.  Score: 4/5


OTHER CLASSES
Onefit review Amsterdam

The Movement Practice - Pilates Mat
This was my first time doing Pilates, and I must say I prefer yoga. I do believe this class is excellent to train muscles you usually don't, and to improve posture. The teacher was super friendly and gave some good individual directions since the classes are very small.
Score: 4/5

Freezlab Whole Body Cryo - Cryotherapy -110%
This is not a workout, but a kind of therapy. Cryotherapy basically means going into a cabin for 3 minutes which is -110
 ÂșC.  It's supposed to boost your immune system, heals your muscles faster and a ton of other benefits. I can't tell if it helped me but it was interesting to try.

Score: 3/5

K/C Move Studio - K/C Reformer

This is the first reformer pilates class I've ever tried. The studio is relatively new so it's hard to get a spot on Onefit, but once you manage to it's totally worth it! The instructor explains everything really well. It's a different kind of workout, very challenging but fun.
Score: 5/5


Aerialstudio.Amsterdam - Spin & Strength
This class combines spinning and strength training. I'm not sure if it's because I only tried this once, but I wasn't into it, neither the spinning nor the strength training. It felt like a good workout though. 
Score: 2.5/5


Move/West - Essentrics 
I recently discovered this class and I'm a fan! Essentrics is a gentle yet dynamic workout which focuses on stretching the body, while also using the tiniest muscles in your body. You really feel like you lengthen your body with this workout, and the hour always flies by. Love it!
Score: 5/5

Onefit review Amsterdam

My overall opinion of Onefit

Why I like it:
- There are a ton of workouts to choose from at any time of the day.
- There's a big variety of workouts, so you can always try something new, and they keep on adding new gyms.
- If you go often enough, you really get value for your money, €59 really isn't much (one cryo session already costs €32 usually)
- All classes are taught in English, which is nice for expats.
- You book your classes through an app, which is easy and convenient, you can even book last-minute. 

Why I dislike it:
- Some classes are always fully booked, so it's hard to get a spot for some. But people often cancel and they recently introduced "waiting lists" so you get a notification if a spot opens up.
- If you can't make a class, you need to cancel in advance (often 8 hours). If you don't go, you pay a €10 fine. So you need to plan your classes in advance.
- The app sometimes has bugs, which doesn't allow you to check-in or book classes, but those are only small inconveniences and the customer service is excellent.

To be honest I can't think of too many disadvantages because I love this app. I can't wait to discover more classes through Onefit (ps. this post wasn't sponsored in any way (sadly)). Do any of you use it? If so, what's your favorite class?

Onefit review Amsterdam

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