Looking for an excuse not to do cardio can be a thing of the past because after shaking it at 305 fitness, you will be craving this high intensity, heart-rate-blasting, feel-good cardio dance class! You will be warmly greeted as you walk into the studio and will join a group made up of 305 junkies and other newcomers including moms, boyfriends, coworkers, and plenty of other individuals waiting for the previous class to end so they can get into the studio. Grab a towel because you will need it.
There are three different class levels at 305: basics, cardio, and advanced. The majority of classes on the schedule are “cardio.” this class is 305’s staple and is perfect for all levels. “Basics” classes are great for those who need the moves broken down a bit. This class is not as intense and is great if you are looking to feel more confident! If you want to jump into a cardio class, go ahead and do it! You will be welcomed with open arms and booty bumps. If you have a fear of stepping the wrong way or getting confused – do not worry, it happens to everyone. Just keep moving! If you are feeling like a bad bitch, sign yourself up for an advanced class where the intensity is taken up another notch and you will dance your way through twice as many songs.
All classes at 305 Fitness are 55 minutes and include a warm-up, cardio, toning, sprint, and choreography. The toning portion of class changes every day of the week to focus on a different part of the body. Each instructor will have a different set up utilizing sliders, weights, and bands to burn out the body part of the day. I love the fact that the class adds in a couple of minutes of strength work. Instructors ensure that everyone working out is aware that dancing requires the entire body to work together and all parts of the body require a bit of extra attention. I tend to coordinate my strength workouts so that if I am working on arms at 305, I also worked on arms that day at the gym! The hardest part of the class is the five minute sprint and the easiest way to describe it is five minutes of trying to catch your breath. The sprint can include (but is not limited to) burpees, tuck jumps, punches, mountain climbers, and in-out squats. Don’t let that scare you. It is five minutes and you can do anything for five minutes.
Here’s what makes this
class worth it:
Instructors: they are working out just as hard (or even harder) than you. This studio is filled with passionate people who want you to have the best experience possible. They will not watch you and tell you what to do they will do exactly what you are doing. The instructors dance through every single song calling out names and screaming “YASSSS girl” as you break it down.
Live DJ: yes…a live DJ. There is a live DJ every single class who is there to spin a different playlist. You don’t know what song is coming and neither will your instructor. This ensures that no two classes are the same and keeps everyone on their toes. This aspect makes 305 feel like a club and you can catch me at club 305 more frequently than any other club in Boston.
Good vibes: I have never been around more positive people during a workout. This studio has something so special about it, and everyone who I have met here shines so bright. The members of 305 bring mass amounts of energy and never fail to give you a booty bump before breaking for water. There is something about looking in the mirror at someone while you finish a grapevine and receiving a smile back. We all know that is not the case for every workout class, so the fact that this is the norm at 305 is why I have been there at least once a week for the past six months.
Bathrooms: they are stocked with necessities including tampons, q-tips, dry shampoo and lotion.
Showers: Just in case you have a hot date after, or happen to be heading to work, showers are stocked with body wash and hair care.
Towels: Towels are free, so you can wipe the sweat off your face or your body during and after your workout.
The Boston studio is located right next to the Kenmore T stop on the Green Line and is steps away from Fenway Park. 305 also has locations in NYC, D.C., and currently hosts pop-ups in Chicago and LA. They have just announced that the newest studio will be opening in San Francisco!
305 Fitness pricing is in line with the rest of the boutique fitness scene in Boston. A single class is priced at $29 and there is a lottery that opens up for monthly unlimited passes at the price of $199. Pricy, but that’s the norm in this city. If you are a student, you can get 50% off classes with your student ID (drop-in only). Off-peak classes are another great way to get a workout in at a discount and they are offered daily at $19. If you are trying 305 for the first time, there is an amazing new client special: 10 days for $29. I was there every day for 10 days making each class $2.90! Sign up for emails and look out for insider deals. There is a sale at the beginning of the year that will give you access to a full month for $99!
*All pricing is for the Boston studio, please check the 305 website if you are located in a different location.
The Bitches Say: five sweat drops
305 Fitness is the most fun you’ll ever have doing cardio!