Get in shape this fall before the inevitable extra holiday pounds creep up on you with the help of these five unique fitness classes in New York City. By Carly Petrone.
Les Mills Bodypump
Tone up that muscle for the upcoming holiday season with Les Mills Bodypump, the barbell class that is set to music. This 45-minute to one hour class uses light to moderate weights with lots of repetition while you listen to some of the most popular songs out there. Not only will you see results fast but each class whizzes by since you’re only focusing on certain muscle groups for about 5 minutes each. Intimidated by the idea of lifting weights? Don’t worry, professional instructors will be leading the class through each repetition. You’ll leave feeling challenged, motivated, and ready to come back for more. After all, not only will you burn up to 590 calories, but you’ll also notice your core strength and bone health will improve. Check website to find where classes are available in your area.
Shack Track & Field
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Let’s face it. Most of us workout so we can enjoy all the food that New York City has to offer. Now, one of our favorite eateries, Shake Shack, is partnering up with JackRabbit Sports to set up monthly runs, yoga classes, and bike rides across the city. From Battery Park City and Union Square to the Upper East Side and Brooklyn, now you can hit the pavement with other like-minded runners who just want to get to the finish line to devour a scrumptious cheeseburger and a refreshing brew. Runs are held the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. and are typically 3 to 5 miles long. See their Facebook Page for more info.
Shake up your usual gym routine by signing up for a Surfset Fitness class. Hop on the board and rip through those “waves.” Every exercise on the board is designed to engage your core and stabilizer muscles, ultimately shocking the system to create real change inside and out. Challenge your mind and body with multi-planar movements that engage you from head to toe. You won’t bulk up because each workout will continually challenge and push you through various plateaus. You’ll burn fat thanks to intervals of high-intensity aerobic training on the board while compound and functional movements will challenge all the tiny little stabilizers in your body along with the major muscle groups to rev up your metabolism. Each class is 45 minutes. Click here to find a class near you.
Those looking for a new way to cycle should definitely take a dip in the pool. AQUA Studio offers an aquacycling experience that will tone and refresh your body all at once. The class takes place in 4 feet of water and harmoniously pairs the challenges of high-intensity cardio and full-body toning with the natural healing properties of salt water. It’s great for those looking for a low impact experience due to injury or pregnancy. Overall, you’ll see improvement in cardiovascular endurance, breathing capacity, and flexibility. You’ll probably sleep better, too. Classes are small (up to 14 people) and range from 30 minutes to an hour long (most are 45 minutes long). Most classes are women-only, but men-only classes are also available three times a week. Grab an unlimited monthly pass at the Tribeca Studio for $150 or try an intro class for $35. See other pricing options and learn more about Aquacycling here.
Mile High Run Club
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If you’re a runner but don’t feel like baring the inevitable cold you can still get your endorphin rush during an interval treadmill class at the Mile High Run Club. Choose from DASH 28, the 45-minute class that provides a foundation for runners of all levels with 28 minutes of structured intervals followed by 10 minutes of strength (plus power training with kettlebells). Those looking for a more intense workout can try The Distance class, which incorporates 50 minutes of continuous intervals, tempo, and hills on the treadmill – all taught by elite runners. Get your sweat on and start seeing your body get in shape like never before. Individual classes are $34 and various packages are also available for less than $34/class.