Tone House | Nomad/Upper East Side, New York

My favourite studio in NYC. The word on the street is that Tone House is the hardest workout in town, and I can confirm it’s one of the toughest I’ve done.

Like Crossfit, it’s an intense workout inspired by athletic and American football training – think agility, speed and resistance drills with minimal rest. It’s a competitive workout within a team atmosphere that’s very encouraging and fun (although I did feel a little awkward during the team chants the first time I visited!). The coaches are eagle-eyed, and the assistance coaches will do the workout with you so there’s absolutely no slacking in class! Founder Alonzo, coaches Adrian, Yusuf, Christi and Keith were absolute stars.

Their signature warm up is always the same and will fire your heart rate up very quickly. If you’re visiting for the first time, you’ll want to do their TH 101 class first regardless of your fitness levels, just so you know what it is and work on maxing out in the normal class. This isn’t to say that the 101 class isn’t hard – the pace is slightly slower to allow for demos and technique refreshers but it’s still a killer.

The resistance drills are much harder from the usual weighted drills you’ll find in circuit classes – you don’t have long to do them, so they make sure your time is well spent by adding extra weight or resistance in ways you wouldn’t think of.

I tried both studios in Nomad and Upper East Side. The former is their main, larger studio where they have cold tubs and recovery boots for optimal post-workout recovery. The latter is within an NYSC/BFX/CYC club, so the space is slightly smaller, nonetheless plenty for the agility drills.

I would move to NYC just to become a Tone House athlete. Just saying.

Sweat index: 9-10. Fridays are notoriously hard as it’s conditioning day!

Classes: 101 (fundamentals class), Upper body, Lower body, Core, Total Body, Conditioning. They also offer recovery sessions so you can recover like a proper athlete.

Price: $40 for 2 classes for first timers. $40 for a single class. Also available on Classpass.

Amenities: Showers, towels, Sachajuan toiletries, hair ties, hair dryers and mints provided at both locations. Nomad boasts cold tubs and normatec boots for optimal muscle recovery.

Address: Nomad – 32 E 31st Street, New York, NY 10016

Upper East Side – 201 East 71st Street, New York, NY 10021 (basement)


Instagram: @tonehouse


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