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From Our Founder: Trooper Fitness


I’ve never met a group of trainers who care about their clients as much as the coaches at Trooper Fitness do. With a deep understanding of human motivation, Head Trooper Prince Brathwaite creates a warm and welcoming environment where traditional boundaries don’t exist. Men do modified push-ups, women lift heavy weights and no matter what, individuals put their very best foot forward in whatever fitness challenges they can handle. That’s all Prince asks for.

By creating a high-energy atmosphere full of motivational tips and phrases, Prince inspires his clients to achieve both physical and mental toughness as he puts them through rigorous workouts that don’t quit.  The workouts Trooper Prince designed for Booya Fitness are no different. Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, Prince will have you drenched with sweat after dynamic and plyometric circuits.  That’s why we’ve curated hard-hitting hip hop soundtracks to accompany each video: You’ll definitely be digging deep for these workouts.

Trooper Bodyweight Conditioning: Use just your body weight in this high intensity interval training session to challenge your cardiovascular system and rev up your metabolism.

Turn it Up: Resistance Band Challenge: Use resistance bands, dumbbells or just your own body weight to tailor this session to your workout level.

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From Our Founder: Shay Kostabi

A former dancer and performer, Shay Kostabi brings her energy, charisma, and grace to every endeavor she undertakes. She is one of New York City’s most popular fitness personalities as a master trainer at ReXist360, and with affiliations to Qinetic, New Balance, Essentia Water, Designer Whey, and many other brands.


Shay’s creativity in fitness choreography is what sets her apart in the industry. She combines dynamic, complementary exercises to create movement patterns that feel natural and are fun to follow. Because muscle tension builds throughout multiple repetitions and progressions, you’ll still get that burn, but you won’t be bored with high rep counts.

In Total Body Toning, Shay hits five body parts with progressive exercises that work from basic to more advanced modifications. Just when you’re ready to give up, Shay moves you to the next progression.

Shay’s Burlesque & Strength plays on the trend of boudoir workouts, giving you both a sleek, sculpted body and some moves you can try as foreplay.

In addition to these workouts, Shay leads the ReXist360 workout series. The series consists of six different workouts that range from high-impact, plyometric-based to targeted toning and sculpting. Including a workout designed specifically for expecting moms. All of these workouts utilize the patented ReXist360 bands, which you can learn more about here.


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From Our Founder: Soho Strength Lab


As a relatively new entrant to the New York fitness scene, Soho Strength Lab (‘SSL’) has already been featured in several national publications, making a name for itself as a “best new boutique” with celebrity clients clamoring over Andy’s functional fitness techniques.

From my perspective (i.e. a normal person), the SSL workouts have the ability to tap into your inner child. Andy’s speed and sports conditioning workouts have drills that make you feel like you’re on the playground; he doesn’t make you suffer through thousands of burpees, instead he coaches you through dynamic movements that feel natural to the way you want to move. In his more intensive weight-based workouts, Andy doesn’t burn you out in one fail swoop. The SSL workouts are always designed in ‘complexes’ or ‘circuits’ that have complementary exercises to minimize exhaustion. For example, after a series of high-impact lunges, he will take you through a lower-impact core movement so you can catch your breath and recover.

I’m always amazed by how much I genuinely have fun in Andy’s class and with these videos. Don’t get me wrong – the workouts are super challenging and you’ll see some pretty inspiring gorgeous men and women in his videos, but Andy’s coaching style and routines are truly accessible to all fitness levels.

Because we love Andy so much, we’ve actually filmed 7 workouts with their team.  Here is a brief description of each workout:

Plyometric Sports Conditioning: Shred and tone your legs and increase your athleticism with an intense workout that’s designed to burn fat.

Dumbbell Burnout: Get stronger by using dumbbells for incremental time and rep-based intervals.

MetCon Lab: Andy adds his creative flare to six dynamic exercises that become increasingly challenging as you progress through each round, giving you a great total body workout.

Speed Lab: Tap into your inner athlete with 20 fun, cardio drills you’ll recognize from the field.

Endurance Lab: Challenge your muscular endurance and core stability while improving mobility and flexibility with this rejuvenating workout.

50-Min Power Lab: With a full 50 minute workout you’ll get a great warm-up that leads into ab work, a lifting circuit, a dumbbell complex and then a tough, big finisher to burn fat and build muscle.

Dumbbell / Kettlebell Power Lab: These dumbbell / kettlebell exercises will really challenge your cardio exertion and your strength in each circuit, targeting both the upper and lower body.

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