By Tracy Carlinsky
What is Brooklyn Bodyburn? Describe the workout, the studio, the community. And what should a first-timer know before coming?
This method is a high-intensity, low-impact, resistance based workout — all done on an amazing machine called The Megaformer.
All the trainers at Bodyburn offer the same excellent quality of workout, but every instructor is very different — you gotta try us out! As for our clients, they are rockstars. Our classes are for all levels of fitness; every exercise can be either modified or advanced, so you will never plateau. By consistently taking class (2 to 4 times a week), you will literally see your body change. You will be stronger in all aspects, you will build cardiovascular and muscular endurance, you will lengthen, tighten, and tone your muscles, and as one of our favorite clients says — “you might find your abs for the first time in your life.”
What are the benefits of this workout?
It will literally change your body. At Bodyburn we focus on stimulating slow twitch muscle fibers, by moving SLOW with continuous resistance, working each body part to extreme fatigue before moving on to the next one, with quick transitions and zero periods of rest. This workout is extremely cardiovascular and intense! If you’re looking for a long, lean, tight, toned look, if you’re looking to gain strength, better balance, muscular endurance, if you want to be challenged, this workout is for you.
What is a Megaformer? How is it different from a Pilates reformer?
The Megaformer is over 10 feet in length, and utilizes a system of springs and pulleys, and a moving carriage which travels between two stationary platforms to offer a large range of motion — it works to target and tone every muscle in your body. Brooklyn Bodyburn is not Pilates. The main difference between the two workout methods is the intensity level. We keep the intensity HIGH throughout the entire class. There is no rest and recovery throughout class and we do not lay down. We focus on constant muscle stimulation, and work one whole side of our body before moving on to the next. We transition quickly between exercises to keep our heart rate up and the muscles working.
When did you first get introduced to the Megaformer? Why were you drawn to it?
I stumbled across the Megaformer a few years ago when I was living in Los Angeles. I was immediately hooked because it hurt (in the best way possible) to laugh within minutes after my first class.
You talk a lot about slow twitch muscles. What are those, and why are they important?
Every person has both fast twitch and slow twitch muscle fibers — the difference between these muscles is the speed they contract when stimulated. Slow twitch muscle fibers take much longer to fatigue and use fat for energy. They are your endurance muscles and they are fat burning. By working these slow twitch muscles, you will not only burn fat, you will lengthen your muscle, and improve your stamina, strength, and overall muscular ability.
Other than Bodyburn, what is the healthiest advice you can give someone?
It's important to have a healthy balance. Know how far you can push your body and learn your limitations. Fuel your body with the nourishment it needs, but don't deprive yourself of something if you are craving it.
What do you eat on a normal day? What’s a normal day like for you?
I always start off with a smoothie from Juice Generation. I'm big fan of the Mr. Greengenes with almond milk and soy protein. For lunch I usually opt for a piece of grilled chicken with grilled vegetables. I snack on berries and a Quest bar (I love these) later in the afternoon and usually have a piece of grilled fish with a salad and veggies for dinner.
Any other pearls of wisdom?
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
Owner and celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Carlinsky has quickly become a go-to fitness guru in New York. Tracy grew up a dedicated ballet dancer and always craved an intense fitness regimen. She discovered the Lagree Fitness Method while living in California and immediately became hooked. She began training with Sebastien Lagree, creator of the method, and soon after moved back to New York to open her first studio, which opened its doors in February 2013. While continuing to teach classes, Tracy is also working on expanding the Bodyburn brand.