The cool studio, which opened in the beginning of May, has a variety of classes, which differ in the type of workout and temperature. The three-tiered program involves: 1st°, a yoga-inspired mobility and strength class at 60 degrees, then 2nd°, the heart-pumping cardio class at 55 degrees, and for those wanting to cool down even more, there is 3rd°, the HIT and rope-using class at 45 degrees.
If you’re thinking to yourself, cool (literally), but what’s the point? When you exercise in cooler temperatures, your body works smarter, not harder, for a few reasons. You
And long term, there are additional benefits, too. “When it comes to exercise, it’s the abundance of heat that is the problem, not the absence of it,” say Brrrn co-founders Jimmy T. Martin and Johnny Adamic. “
For the cardio, half of the hour-long workout was on a
In the end, I felt pleasantly worked-out (it was difficult, but not beyond the limits of someone who works out less than frequently), just a touch sore, and slightly sweaty, but not dripping. The cold actually wasn’t even frustrating; it was refreshing in the middle of a cardio workout, like the air equivalent of cold drink of water on a hot day.
“Cold has been the backdrop of the human experience for millennia,” said Adamic in a press release. “But we’ve engineered cold out of our lives. Now we live in these climate-controlled environments of 72 degrees from the time we wake up until we go to bed, but routine exposure to cooler temperatures is actually good for us. We are reuniting the cold back with exercise—where it belongs.”
After that chill workout, you can head to their eight-person infrared sauna (the city’s first, as they usually they fit one to two people max). Infrared has a strong list of benefits, from improved blood circulation to pain relief to a euphoric feeling. And of course, a warm, cozy room for a 45 degree workout can be pretty refreshing. Infrared lighting is even incorporated into Brrn’s workout studio, as the lights are meant to incorporate healing benefits while you exercise.