I first heard about SLT on a fashion consulting job. After a meeting with a particularly glowing client, my boss remarked, "She swears by SLT." SLT stands for "strengthen, lengthen, tone" — sounds perfect, right? The workout is done on a reformer Pilates machine in a small class (usually around 10 people) and is favored by the fashion set.
If you've been on a reformer before, this class will come easily to you . . . or at least you'll know how to use the machine, which is more than I can say for myself. The class was tough, and by tough I mean I muttered more than a few four-letter words under my breath throughout the hour. The plank-based moves were killer, and I felt like every muscle in my body was screaming out. Everyone else in the class was amazing — I felt like I was watching a synchronized dance. SLT is known to have a loyal following — if you go to 100 classes, you get your name on a plaque on one of the reformers, a testament to how obsessed the SLT set get with the intense workout! If you enjoy Pilates-like workouts and can commit the time (and money!) to going consistently, SLT might be your thing!
One final note is that I like pretty loud, upbeat music to help encourage me through a workout, and here the tunes were more in the background.