Get a glimpse into Tone House, the tough-as-nails NYC workout that will show you what you’re really made of.
We’d heard about Tone House. The studio is around the corner from the Spa Week offices and Tone House signage is proudly displayed on the sidewalk. What we didn’t expect was to walk into a dark fitness studio, covered in black astroturf, with eerie music playing in the background. The atmosphere was a preview of the extremely tough (but, amazing!) workout to come.
Tone House was created by ex-pro football player Alonzo Wilson, which sheds some light on why the workouts are both athlete-inspired and team-based. The studio’s motto is “Unleash Your Inner Athlete” and believe us, unleash you will. The range of your athletic ability (or non-ability in some cases) will be fully exposed.
Here’s a breakdown of the class. It starts with a team chant. You can handle that. Then you’ll move into the warm-up, which consists of 10-15 minutes of running around the studio and jumping over hurdles. For some, this alone is enough to make you want to throw in the towel (or at least use it to wipe down some sweat!). But for those brave enough to stick it out, the reward in the end is worth the sweat (plus blood from one participant, and possibly tears).
The explosive workout is composed of extreme resistance-based moves like climbing on the ground while being attached to a harness clipped to the wall, and more hurdle jumps, this time while being attached to a harness (with over 70 lbs of resistance to taunt you). You’ll also endure sprints and some serious conditioning, burst moves including crunches, pushups and squats, and some weight lifting. At the end there will be a brief stretch, and you’ll end with another chant.
There is no question about it—Tone House will push you to your limits, and you will unleash your inner athlete. Even though it was the toughest workout we’ve ever tried (sore muscles for three+ days included), we are excited to come back and try it again!
The studio offers complimentary water bottles and towels (which is nice, because you’ll definitely go through multiple of each in the hour long session). If you are looking for a serious, and we mean serious challenge, Tone House will be the best $35 you ever spent. If you are first-timer, take advantage of a $20 deal!
Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.