An associate master of Timothy Dwight College, Sally Brenzel is also a master of Pilates.
“It is rewarding for me to inspire, motivate and educate our members to change their health and fitness behaviors,” said Brenzel, who co-owns Workout on Whitney with Amanda Mia.Workout on Whitney has an indoor cycling room, a dance studio and a Pilates Reformer studio.Formerly Workout on Wooster, the studio relocated from 214 Wooster St.in July to its current location at 29 Whitney Ave.
Though it has moved from the old space, Workout on Whitney has retained itsspecialty, Pilates Reformer classes, which involve Pilates Reformer machines and chairs that provide finely tuned resistance to develop core strength. The equipment allows for new exercises that would not be possible on regular mats. Because thereare only three Pilates Reformer machines, theclasses are limited to three people. But other group fitness classes, including boot camp, slim sculpt, hip hopand Zumba, can accommodate up to 25 people.
The gym also offers special one-time classes. This month, the ownersintroduced Strip Aerobics with hip hop instructor Karin.
“It’s very sexy dancing,” said Mia. “It makes you want to take your clothes off.”
But,as their flyer added in parenthesis, class-goers actually do not take any clothes off.
Both Brenzel and Mia teach classes at the studio. Mia said that she looks forward to offering challenging classes.
Though Mia and Brenzel have only co-owned a gym since 2009, neither are new to the field. The business partners met at World Gym in Hamden, CT, where Brenzel worked as a Group Exercise Director.Brenzel later became the Area Group Exercise Director for Bally Total Fitness in Connecticut.
A former Area Group Exercise Director for Bally Total Fitness in Connecticut, Brenzel added that she ran popular Pilates Reformer classes in both Middlebury and Hamden which inspired her to open her own Pilates studio.
As professionals in the fitness industry, their experiencesbefore opening their own studio have also contributed to their current business. Brenzel saidthat the center has 10 “fantastic” instructors including Jose Navarro, who also teaches Zumba at The Fitness Haven.
The customers of Workout on Whitney include students as well as Yale staff such as Leslie Woodard, dean of Calhoun College. Brenzel added that the gym also attracts office workers from the nearby Audubon circle and longtime customers from the previous location.
Madison Grinnell ’12, who frequents the gym, said she appreciates the flexibility of choosing from a range of classes .
“It’s nice because it’s a different kind of work out,”Grinnell said.“[Brenzel] is really great at Pilates and knows everybody.”
The gym is widely known among TD freshman because it was the answer to one of the questions from the scavenger hunt during orientation.
“Especially since she’s an associate master, I love that she can think about other things and do what she likes,” Clio Contogenis ’14 said. “She was talking about a lot of new equipment they had just gotten, and her eyes lit up.”
Workout on Whitney offers 12 different types of group fitness classes from Monday through Sunday.