Get Your Thighs Quaking with This New Mega Charged Workout Class

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via Jesse DeYoung

There are more boutique fitness studios today than there were Starbucks ten years ago, so standing out among them takes a winning combination. Chelsea studio The Movement’s newest offering is a class called ReXist360, and it ain’t your average class.

All classes at The Movement strive to combine elements–that is to say, yoga becomes yogaCHARGED. Pumped up yet? On top of it all, $1 from each student in every class goes to the National Brain Tumor Society.

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The studio is sleek and modern, its space is a bright white, and the ceiling lights are so distinct, they’re practically a character within the setting themselves. Red motivational mantras add color.

I’ve been to almost all the classes offered, but it was Shay Kostabi, well-known Flybarre instructor coming back East from her recent move to California, that made me rush to sign up for ReXist360. During the 45 minute class your legs are strapped into the patented ReXist360 bands, and then you proceed to work (squats, jumping jacks, planks, and more) with the bands securely strapped on. All of this does two things: 1. provide an intense focus on glutes, thighs, and your core (crucial), and 2. leave your legs wobbling like jell-o.

“If you love a good boot camp but also enjoy moving to the rhythm of a sick playlist and want to cut your workout time in half and accelerate your results all in one go… ReXist360 HIIT is for you,” Kostabi says.

Shay’s bright smile and relentless enthusiasm make this class a win, even if, like me, you didn’t quite think a whole 45 minutes of resistance bands was your thing.

As awesome as Shay is, I was psyched to ask her a few fitness Qs:

What’s your current go-to workout outfit?

These are the sneaks I am rocking right now from Nike:
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My favorite leggings from Fabletics:

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And this, from Jo + Jax, is the best sports bra EVER:

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What are your gym bag essentials?

At all times I have my Frends headphones, a good book (currently Essentialism), a day planner, a Nike toiletry bag, extra socks, Clif bars, and designer whey bars.

Shay will be in NYC next teaching ReXist360 on November 10th, so mark your calendars.