When I learned that the same people who own Boston Sports Club were opening a super sexy gym called BFX Studio in Boston (there are already 2 locations in NYC), I immediately added it to my must-try list.
I’m so glad I finally had the chance to experience the studio in person. BFX has an awesome feel. The staff at the front desk was incredibly kind and eager to talk about the offerings. Initially, I thought he was just a good sales man, but it became more apparent the more we spoke that he was really just passionate about BFX. The space is super clean and chic. A small shop lines a wall in the reception area, and stairs lead you to active areas. I only explored the downstairs area, which features rooms for private training, master classes (taught by an instructor), and ride republic (a new take on spinning). Additionally, it offers gorgeous locker rooms with impressive (read: clean) showers and changing space.
While there, I attended a Booty by Brabants class at 6:30pm. The instructor is Kelly Brabants, who seems to be building a small empire with her workout collection of the same name. Kelly, who has been dancing for as long as she can remember, seems to want nothing more than to ensure you have fun while helping you transform your body. The 1 hour class uses a resistance band, gliders, and a mat, and spares no one, starting with a pretty brutal “warm up” (read: work out). The warmup primes you for what turned into learning and completing 3 full dance routines with a few burpees in-between (ouch).
What I appreciated the most was that Kelly put in work too – squatting, lunging, crunching, plie-ing and sweating right alongside us. She was eager to get us dancing, and genuinely wanted to see us succeed. You could flail at every move (like me) and she’d still beam at you and tell you that you look gorgeous. Her positive reinforcement made the class a total joy.
I haven’t felt my body react to the gym in this way since I used to have an epic trainer back in NYC – a sign that Booty by Brabants is a bad ass workout that should certainly be experienced by all and repeated by many.
BFX Studio is located in Back Bay at 699 Boylston Street just around the corner from the Copley T station.
Booty by Brabants is taught across the Boston area, but you can register for this class the BFX website.
*Disclaimer: The class was complementary thanks to an ad in the Improper Bostonian, but I have chosen to write this review by choice.