This is not a sponsored post. I was not paid to write this post or given any complimentary classes. I just am BTone obsessed!
I first found out about BTone Fitness from my friends Kristina, Aki and Margaret. They said it was probably one of the toughest workouts they have done and the instructors are great, so I had to try it.
Since this was in the beginning of my fitness boutique class addiction, I wasn’t confident checking out a new studio by myself. Kristina brought me to my first class at BTone in April 2012 and kept me company. Since then, it has become one of my absolute favorite fitness studios in Boston (and ever).
I re-read my post about my first class with instructor Emily and after having her for more classes, I can say that I accurately described her personality. She is so upbeat and fun. She didn’t know I was a blogger before class but when I asked her to take a picture with me I told her. From then on she affectionately calls me “Runshine”.
What is BTone Fitness?
BTone Fitness is best known for their “Tone” classes on the Megaformer-a machine that looks like a torture or some other sort of machine with all the springs, straps, and odd handles that it is equipped with.
The workout is a 45 minutes strength conditioning class that works one muscle group at a time. You move slow and steady while stabilizing your core and other muscles. Like with barre classes, you work each muscle group to exhaustion, but you use more of a mixture of active and isometric movements.
I love the names of the moves you do in class because they are creative and yet descriptive: scrambled eggs, mermaid crunch, serve the platter, bear, French twist, etc. You might be thinking they don’t sound very descriptive, but once you do the moves, you will see how they get their names. And you will learn to love but loathe all of them.
Other classes BTone offers are Barre Blast (their version of barre), Bootcamp, Torch (High Intensity Interval Training-HIIT), TriTone with Tone-Blast-Ryde, and Tone ‘n Torch (1/2 Tone and 1/2 HIIT).
I still have yet to try all these classes. The ones that work best for me are morning classes which are only “Tone”. However, I’m not too bent out of shape that I can only really get to Tone classes because I LOVE them so much.
Check out their website to see which locations offer what classes!
Why I Fell in Love with BTone
Cross-Training and Strength
One of the reasons I got injured after Boston Marathon 2012 was that I wasn’t doing enough cross-training. I felt like I didn’t have the time to fit it in. Since BTone is a quick 45 minute class that really kicks my butt-and every other body part-it is an easy way for me to get my cross-training in. I know BTone will help me get strong for any endurance sport I want to take on.
Always a tough workout
I can never do all the advanced modifications in class. I am always struggling in my class and see room for improvement. My body is always sore the next day but wanting more. Sometimes it even hurts to laugh because my abs got such a good workout!
I would not suggest going to BTone every day. At most, I would go 3 times per week-any more is just too hard on my body. If you feel that you could go more than that a week, maybe you should be working harder in each class! PUSH yourself!
Although all of the BTone instructors go through the same training, they each have such unique fitness backgrounds and construct such different classes. Each instructor also has their own teaching style, music and routines. I love seeing what each instructor is bringing to class that day. I never feel bored in class or know what to expect!
All of the instructors are friendly and really care about providing a good workout for their clients. A lot of them also care about building friendships. Instructors make an effort to learn everyone’s name and also get to know you as a person. In every class I attend, an instructor is usually chatting it up with someone about something they knew was happening in their life.
One special person I love at the studio is the owner Jody. She has one of the most unique, loud and amazing personalities, always is a stickler for form and is so passionate about her studio and clients. She is one who cares about building more of a community and helping her clients than just a building a business.
After having surgery, Jody posted to their Facebook page wishing me a speedy recovery. It really made my day and made me feel special! I’m so glad that I have had the chance to get to know her! If only I could get to some of her classes more frequently!
First Class is Free and Deals Available
One of my pet peeves is when your first class at an expensive boutique studio is full price. It’s hard for me to spend $30 to try a class that I have no idea if I will like or not. I like when studios offer a significant discount or even the first class is free-like BTone that offers your first class for $5.
On top of the first class discount, BTone offers deals either on deal websites or just because they want to reward their clients. Since I can’t always afford to spend the full price on classes places, I appreciate a studio that can provide these offers for people.
Speaking of which-I just bought the Mother’s Day deal for 8 classes to use in 30 days for $100. It was perfect timing because I am finishing up a 12 classes in 30 day deal.
If you missed the Mother’s Day deal, there is currently a deal on Gilt City for new clients for 4 or 8 group classes!
What my friends say about BTone
I thought it would be interesting to ask my friends-old friends and new friends I met through working out-what they think of BTone, and here is what some of them said!
Nothing better than the mega former muscle shake!! Even after two years I still wake up after class sore in muscles I didn’t know existed but I just can’t stop coming back!
My favortie thing about BTone is that it is always challenging me. Way back during my first class I shook like a leaf after 10 seconds of any exercise. Two years later I am certainly stronger, but will still find my muscles shaking before an exercise ends. The instructors are so great to offer modifications and spring adjustments depending on experience level, that I always leave feeling like I got the best workout for me on any given day.
My favorite thing about Btone is that like Ms. New Booty, the focus is “get it right, get it tight.” No wasted time or transitions–you can walk right in instead of having to vulture over your space 20 minutes before class, you don’t spend time returning equipment to various places in the room, and you WERKKKK for that 45 minutes.
Check out The Megaformer, You Gotta Try It by Jody Merrill on the ClassPass Blog and also the Fit or Fad: Attack of the Megaformer video that I was able to be a part of when I took Btone with Kelly MacFarland, local Boston comedian!
Read more of my BTone posts.
1 class – $30
5 classes – $125 ($25/class)
10 classes – $220 ($22/class)
15 classes – $300 ($20/class)
30 day 12 classes – $204 ($17/class)
30 day 8 classes – $144 ($18/class)
Unlimited Monthly Pass $250
Questions for you
If you go to BTone Fitness, what is your favorite thing about it?
Is there a certain studio or class that is one of your favorites?
What is one of your favorite ways to cross-train?