Summer is just around the corner and that means it’s time to get in shape! Here are five unique workouts that are using everything from trampolines to ballet barres to help you feel your best. By Carly Petrone.
Break up your gym routine by signing up for Physique57. This barre-based workout uses interval cardio and strength training as well as stretching and recovery to help sculpt your body in as little as eight classes. Participants use their own body weight as resistance to target their muscles in a process callsed Interval Overload. This includes muscle-defining arm exercises, intense thigh and seat sequences, waist-chiseling ab moves, and fluid stretches. This class is definitely hard but beginners are welcome to take on this challenging class. Commit to this 57-minute workout and you’ll realize how little movements can make a big difference. Check website for studio locations and class times. Rates are $36/class or up to $620 for 20 classes.
Empire Skate Club
Feel like a kid again and join the Empire Skate Club. This skating group gets people together to ride throughout the city and beyond. Every Tuesday nights you can meet up with friends, strap on your skates, and explore your surroundings. It’s a fun way to get your workout in without doing the same repetitive movements over and over again. Just meet at 8 p.m. in front of “Blades, Board and Skate” and get ready to roll no later than 8:10 p.m. Don’t forget your helmet!
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If you want to get in shape fast then head over to Barry’s Bootcamp. This class is no joke but it’s effective. Test out your endurance during this one-hour workout that switches off between interval treadmill routines and strength training using free weights, resistance bands, medicine balls, and other equipment. The best part? You don’t have to feel insecure if you’re not in the best shape because the whole class is done in the dark. The music is pumped way up and the encouraging instructors are there to help cheer you on. Each class is designed differently so even if you come every day, you’ll never have the same workout. Classes are $34/each but packages are also available. With locations in Chelsea, Noho, and Tribeca, it’s the perfect workout for someone who lives or works downtown. Check website for locations.
Are you sick of running, kicking, and squatting your way to a healthier you? Try adding a mini trampoline to your workout to make each of these moves not only more fun but effective. Fitness instructor Louis Coraggio has created trampoLEAN, the 50-minute workout that keeps you physically engaged with moves like “raising the roof” and “flying like a bird” as well incorporating weights as well as resistance bands to help tone your entire body. This workout will definitely make you sweat within minutes and it’s great for beginners as well as the avid gym goer. Each class blends motivating music with short interval exercises that will have you smiling while you jump through the air. Classes are available everyday and range from Total Body to targeting certain areas like Cardio & Core and Shoulders & Butts. One class is $33 but week passes and class packs are also available for a discounted price.
Be one of the first people to try Shadowbox NYC, the boxing studio that’s opening in the Flatiron on May 18th. This is great for the athlete who’s looking for something a little different. Intense shadowboxing and guided heavy bag work paired with high-energy music and interval training make this 45-minute class a truly unique experience. Your entire body will feel it the next day but hey, isn’t that the point? Group classes are $34/each and all skill levels are welcome. If that sounds too intimidating, sign up for one-on-one private training inside a custom-built vintage boxing ring. You’ll be showing off your new moves to your friends in no time.