SHEX Workout Reviews: One Wellness
Never have the lyrics, ‘Girl, look at body. I work out,’ from LMFAO’s hit song felt so strongly relatable than at this particular moment.
I had made it half-way through an intense cycling class, and in a desperate effort to keep up with the eight other cyclers in this beginner’s cycling class, I grabbed on to these lyrics for motivation. And it worked.
Located on the second floor of 98 Yanping Road and adjacent to a dance studio, One Wellness exudes an exclusive, nature-inspired environment.
The gym is furnished with some of the best equipment and offers a wide variety of services, including personal trainer services, ViPR (Vitality, Performance, Reconditioning), group cycling, kettlebells, yoga, Pilates, martial arts, body composition evaluations and, one of its most popular, body pump. Anyone can test out the gym and its classes with its free, one-day guest pass, the option that I chose.
I had only intended to use the pass to try the cycling class at 6:30 p.m. with the instructor Kat, who also is a member of the gym. But with some time before class began and encouragement from the friendly membership consultant, Sandra Sun, I changed in the spacious woman’s room and enjoyed a brief workout upstairs on a Technogym elliptical.
Despite it being after-work hours, there were only about eight other people working out, making for an even more comfortable environment. The spaces consists of two floors: a studio, an outdoor patio, an equipment storage space, changing rooms and the reception are on the first, and a core and stretching zone, a weight-lifting area and Technogym machines are on the second.
Sandra told me that free WiFi and headphones are available, which can come in handy, given the iPod-docking stations and entertainment systems available on the Technogym cardio machines. On the machines, you can choose from channels such as BBC, CNN, MTV and HBO via satellite TV, play games, or just hook up your iPhone/iPod to listen to some music.
Other classes available that night included Pilates and CrossFit. Sandra told me I could walk in to any class, without signing up beforehand. In fact, members never need to reserve a spot in any class. I stuck with the cycling class.
After about twenty minutes, I headed down to the studio, a minimally designed space with sliding glass doors, across from the open patio. Soon, Kat walked in, started the playlist that we would listen to throughout the class, checked everyone’s positions on their bikes and finally took her spot in front of the class facing us on her bike.