Refine Method Changes (Sneakers + New Equipment) and 10% Discount

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been taking Refine Method classes for two years now! I went to the opening party with Missy back in 2010 and started taking classes not long after that.

Refine Launch Party 2010 - Dori's Shiny Blog    Dori Missy and Brynn Jinnett, Refine Method Launch 2010, Dori's Shiny Blog
[Me, Missy and Brynn at the launch party in 2010 – awwwwww]

Since then, I’ve seen the class change. And change. And change again. From the removal of the barre to the new and improved pulley system to the mats to the props to the structure and format of the class – this workout has evolved so much in the last two years. You’d think it would be unrecognizable, but at the core the principles behind Refine remain the same. Two years ago the class was comprised of circuits, intervals and sets (and foam rollers) and today, even though it is very different, the class is still comprised of circuits, intervals and sets (and, ouch, foam rollers).

Another change? While Refine used to have just one small location in a room at an Upper East Side church, now there are three awesome places to take class – the UES studio, the Union Square studio (where you’ll find me – please say hi!) and the brand new Upper West Side studio, which is gorgeous.

Dori doing plank at Refine
[Me doing a sliding disc plank, aka pure evil. Image courtesy of Erica Sara]

The Refine Method website explains that the class is designed to help you:

  • Benefit from Cardio and Resistance Training Together: Through resistance training, we produce a cardio burn while building metabolically-active lean muscle, the antidote to traditional repetitive cardio and the most efficient way to change your shape.
  • Move the Way You Were Made: We exercise your body in the way it was designed move. Refine’s circuits are made up of Five Essential Movement Patterns to prevent muscle bulk, develop transferable strength and encourage functional mobility.
  • Harness Refine’s Intelligent Sculpting Sequence: First, we focus on large movements, stoking the metabolism and stripping the fat. Then we move to targeted finishers to activate and attack the smaller problem areas, leaving an attractive, balanced physique.
  • Escape the Herd: At Refine we want to help you make smart choices about your exercise program. Refine trims the fat off all the fitness jargon, educating clients about what works and what doesn’t so you can navigate the NYC fitness scene and separate fact from fiction.

To that end, Brynn has always said that one of the founding principles of Refine is that they will always update their methods if they find a better way. I’ve seen this principle put into practice countless times over the last two years — and now, the switch from barefoot training to sneakers is the biggest change yet. With the sneakers comes new equipment and new exercises.

Refine Method - Boxes
[Image courtesy of Refine Method Facebook page]

The mats are gone and we now work out on a rubber floor. Boxes line the center of the room, and we use these boxes for new exercises that we haven’t done before such as step-ups, box planks, kettlebell rows and I may have heard a rumor about box jumps. There are also pull-up bars at each station, which I am inordinately excited to try.

Refine Method - Box Planks
[I was there when this photo was taken, but I was already changing into jeans and missed my chance at Refine fame. Good thing I already filmed a Microsoft Bing Friends Matter video there]

The change to sneakers means we have a whole new playing field of exercises to mix into the routine, further ensuring that we are constantly working different muscles, performing different motions and never getting bored.

Refine Method - Boxes - Kettlebell Row    Refine Method - Box Step
[Refine instructors demonstrating exercises on boxes.]

You might remember when I admitted that I broke up with the barre after a 10-month long relationship. The main reason was that I got a permanent injury, a labral tear in my hip, from the constant repetitive movements in those classes. It was only after this injury (that I still deal with today) that I educated myself about why certain exercises work, what brings the best results and what the overall benefit is. And this is why I love Refine — nothing is repetitive. There are always new exercises, new formats, new challenges, new stretches and new ideas. In the two years I’ve been taking this class I can guarantee no two classes have ever been the same.

Do I want to have another thing I need to remember to bring to class? No, of course not. I guarantee that the day will come where I show up to Refine without my sneakers and I will be pissed. But do I admire Brynn’s commitment to providing the most effective, varied, interesting, fun, supportive, encouraging class possible – based on science, not on fads. I love the improvements I’ve seen in my strength and running ability as a result of Refine. I love how amazing I feel after every single class. I love how each class pushes me to my limit and sometimes beyond.

And with that said, I have a discount offer for you! Last week I organized a group class at the new Upper West Side location and after class Brynn generously offered the attendees 10% off any Class Package or the first month of an Unlimited Membership. You can take advantage of this 10% off Refine offer too! Sign up at and enter code DORI at checkout. Offer expires 10/31.

You can learn more about the principles behind Refine at their website and on their blog. Check out this event Refine is having this week. Will I see you there?

Has any workout ever impacted your life?

(My $500 VISA Gift Card giveaway with the Blue Cross Blue Shield365 program is still going on if you feel like entering for a chance to win free money.)

6 comments on Refine Method Changes (Sneakers + New Equipment) and 10% Discount

  1. Missy Maintains
    October 23, 2012 at 10:18 am (5 years ago)

    I tried the boxes for the first time last night! I had a slight fear of falling off but that is just silly. I could definitely feel my booty working and the box planks are especially killer! I also love Refine since I never know what to expect before each class and it never ever gets boring. I always feel super challenged which I love.
    Missy Maintains´s last blog post ..A Workout with Wine

  2. Kathy @ Beauty Palette
    October 23, 2012 at 10:19 am (5 years ago)

    Awesome overview of Refine! The new boxes are killer. I’m so thankful you’ve been so vocal about your love of the class..otherwise I would have never found out about it.

    By the way, do you know if people can apply the discount code to Monthly Rewards Passes? Thanks a lot!
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  3. Nikki
    October 23, 2012 at 11:09 am (5 years ago)

    The crazy part about you mentioning 2 years at Refine, is knowing that I have been reading your blog for about half of that (a year!). Looks like a great studio, enjoy 😀

  4. Sally
    October 24, 2012 at 8:29 am (5 years ago)

    Those workouts look fun! Refine is starting to look like a Crossfit gym with the rubber floor and those boxes.

  5. Mariell
    October 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm (5 years ago)

    New Refine equipment?! Alright, that’s it- I’m moving back to NYC. (Ok, I’m not. But this sounds awesome.) Can’t wait to check it out soon!
    Mariell´s last blog post ..5 SF Studios I’m Jonesing to Try


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