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Most treadmill classes leave a lot to be desired. A good workout can be highly dependent on the instructor; you’re not always apt to push yourself; and putzing around with speeds and incline on a finnicky tread ultimately detracts from your efficiency and performance. The belt is slow to pick up. You’ve got to bail to the sides after a lung-busting, all-out sprint. Or it craps out on you in the middle of an interval. That’s why Equinox’s new Precision Run class is wholly surprising: They’ve managed to eradicate all of those pain points.
The tread is the best I’ve ever run on, not just for comfort, but for ease of use at top speeds. You might be familiar with Woodway treadmills. They feel soft and fluid underfoot, but Equinox has outfitted it with a smart touchscreen (Dashboard). It’s incredibly intuitive and brilliant in its simplicity. You set your goal PR and your recovery speed. From this, the tread creates one-tap Smart Keys that autopopulate interval speeds. A Last Speed in the upper right corner ensures you keep progressing, while buttons to increase speed and incline at varying increments make micro-adjustments instantaneous. And we do mean instantaneous. You make a change—even as major as a 12-mph sprint to a 3-mph walk—and within seconds the belt adjusts. That’s huge.
The class was also the most thorough and engaging I’ve taken. Sensorial lights brighten to indicate the start of a new interval and turn red at peak speed, darkening when you come to your recovery. The music also quiets when you’re recovering. It’s all designed to harness your focus and create intention. Whether you’re training for a road race, or just want a treadmill workout that’ll make you a better athlete, this is one that’s changing the fitness space—especially for the reluctant runner. — Brittany Smith, Senior Editor
Classes are available in NYC and will be available in LA later this year (check the site for new studios). You don’t have to be a member of Equinox to take the class.
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