My initial attraction to the workout was based on the fact that I used to surf, so I thought this would be pretty simple, which of course was my first mistake. I chose the “signature” class so I could get the hang of things. I quickly learned that while it may be the most basic City Surf class, it was definitely not a basic workout. I spent about half of class trying to figure how to balance on my wobbling surfboard, but when I finally got the hang of it, I felt the burn — everywhere. Due to the instability of the surfboard, every move you do works your core, basically making it like mat Pilates on steroids. (But unfortunately for me, nothing like real surfing.)
What surprised me the most about City Surf was the amount of cardio. Though the moves include Pilates-inspired planks and hundreds, they happen quickly and in between intervals of burpees, squats and jumping jacks. All in all, it was a great workout for someone like me who is generally terrified of cardio and looking to gently introduce it into their daily workout.