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Holy Cult! Akin has not only built an AARMY, he has built a true fitness brand. AARMY was started by Akin Akman, a "celebrity" instructor who was previously at Soul Cycle. When he left, Akin took his Soul AARMY with him and to this day, you will find that where he goes, they follow. Unlike many other digital studios, this is filmed against a dark/grey tone background with a spotlight on the instructor and occasional flashing lights throughout the workout. The video camera moves around to show different angles of the instructor, which is not really helpful, but appreciated for artistic reasons.
Most of the classes start with a 4 to 6 minute warmup, followed by an intense workout (no matter which class type you're doing) and end with a 4 minute cool down. The classes are not as "inspirational" as Soul, but there is constant motivational chatter throughout class. One of our favorite classes we have tried is the full body bootcamp, but if you are an "athlete" looking for modifications, this class and studio are not for you. The classes are designed to push you towards progress in every session, hence why some of the moves seem impossible and made for intermediate or even advanced athletes.
If digital fitness has given us anything, it's access to top trainers without having to get on a waitlist. If you have been dying to try Akin's classes, this is your chance. After you take a cycling class with him, you will understand what all the hype is about. That said, we know this studio is not for everyone and don't sign up if you are looking for a calm, transcendent workout experience.
Average Class Difficulty8.5
Bootcamp30 to 55 min class
30 to 55 minute classes that can focus on full body, upper body, lower body or abs. The classes start with a warm up and then move into moves focusing on the specific body part and end with a stretch. Class intensity varies by instructor, but we enjoy Sophia and Yavuz's full body bootcamp classes.
Stretch10 to 30 min class
One of the few studios that incorporates stretch classes in their programs. Classes are 10 to 30 minutes, so we highly suggest taking one after working out.
If there's one thing that digital fitness has given us, it's access to Akin's cycling classes. Since his years at Soul Cycle, unless you're part of his cult following, you most likely ended up on a waitlist. Try his 50 minute cycling class and you will be dripping sweat and well, maybe also asking yourself if you are coordinated. Only the regulars would dare sit in the front row in a studio class.
THE TENY TIP
Great quality videos and music is a +++. The vibe at the studios in NYC and LA are very intimidating, but AARMY's digital platform has welcomed many that would normally not step foot in this studio. Each instructor within AARMY has their own brand and cult following. After trying out several workouts, you understand why people love this place - a real community or...AARMY.
WHO IT'S GOOD FOR
Intermediate and advanced athletes who love to push themselves with no modifications. Although they will say that it's for everyone. If you're not super fit, don't get discouraged if you can't keep up.
$35 / month or $350 / year after 30 day free trial.
Good to know’s
Each class varies, but you will need a mat and weights in most of the floor classes. Although not required, some classes do require medicine balls and heavier weights. If you’re doing the spin class, we highly suggest you find a stationary bike.
SOMETHING WORTH KNOWING
Live zoom classes happen daily and follow the same format as On Demand videos. The quality is not as good, but try these live classes to get a sense of the community that Akin has built.