The INSIDER Summary:
• Victoria’s Secret models do all kinds of crazy workouts to stay in shape.
• Models like Adriana Lima swear by classes at Aerospace, a NYC-based fitness studio.
• I tried the Aero3 class and it was insanely hard.
Victoria’s Secret models do all kinds of crazy workouts to get (and keep) the amazing bodies they have.
Aerospace, a fitness studio based in NYC (with a location in LA coming soon), is one such example; clients include Adriana Lima, Bridget Malcolm, and Constance Jablonski.
I decided to give their Aero3 class a try. The hour-long class combines shadow boxing, jump roping, and muscle endurance exercises that are meant to “challenge, sculpt, and tone the entire body.”
I was challenged, all right. Keep scrolling to read about my experience.
Aerospace was founded by Michael Olajide (pictured below), a former number one-ranked middleweight boxer, and by Leila Fazel, a former professional ballerina.
Olajide says Aerospace introduced the concept of boxing as fitness, something that’s now considered a trend in the workout world.
He says the workouts are meant to mimic the training of a professional athlete, and engage not just your body, but also your mind and spirit.
The class, which Olajide estimates burns around 1500 calories, was held in a bright, white room with plenty of mirrors and energizing music. We started with jumping jacks.
Jump roping was something we came back to multiple times throughout the class. It was the hardest part in my opinion.
When Olajide asked me before class if I could jump rope, I said yes. But this wasn’t the kind of jump roping I was doing at recess years ago. The other participants were criss-crossing and getting the rope around twice for each jump.
The upper body work we did involved resistance work with bands.
As well as one-leg push ups that required a lot of core strength.
The shadow boxing was my favorite part of the class.
The weights we used were light, but that didn’t mean I didn’t feel it in my arms.
We started off slow and then progressed to faster punches.
As with the rest of the class, I found it a little tough to stay in sync with the punches since we were doing them so fast.
Luckily, Olajide stepped in to help me out. He barely made any corrections to anyone throughout the class, but when he did, it was always in a soft tone, nothing like the bootcamp-like yelling you’ll sometimes hear from other trainers, which was refreshing.
One woman I talked to who’s been taking Aerospace classes for close to two years now said she likes them because they’re meditative. She compared the workout to dancing, since participants are constantly trying to stay in sync with the instructor.
Sliders were a big focus of the core and leg work we did.
So was the resistance band.
I liked that the class made simple moves like squats and planks more intense by combining them with equipment like sliders and bands.
I was definitely feeling the burn all over my body.
We ended with some much needed stretching. In the days after the class, I felt sore in both my back…
…and my lower abs, which made me infinitely happy since I find that such a hard area to target when I’m working out on my own.
The feeling of exhaustion I felt at the end of class was a good feeling because I knew I had really worked so many different parts of my body.
It was a challenge to stay in sync with everyone, but I could see that getting easier the more you attend the class. It may have kicked my butt, but I would definitely do the class again for that exact reason.
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