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14 awesome fitness classes under $30

Squeeze in a killer workout at a fraction of the usual cost with this list of fitness classes under $30

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It’s not all SoulCycle and Barry’s Bootcamp: New York still offers plenty of cheap ways to get in shape, like these fitness classes under $30. Before you commit to one of the many sports clubs and leagues or gyms in NYC, try out a few different fitness classes for beginners. That way, you won’t waste your money on a membership to a yoga studio or weightlifting gym you only sort of like.

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14 awesome fitness classes under $30

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Happy Hour Yoga

Happy Hour Yoga

Skip after-work drinks and head to the Human@Ease yoga studio in Greenpoint. Moving through your vinyasa flow to downward dog to child’s pose is a much healthier way to shake off the stress of the day. Plus, an hourlong class costs less than one specialty cocktail. $10

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Beginner’s Longsword

Beginner’s Longsword

Talk about self-defense—this class teaches you how to wield a legitimate German longsword. You’ll learn how to spar, grapple and cut, all while toning and strengthening your core and upper body. No one will want to mess with you afterwards. $10

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AcroBalance

AcroBalance

You might feel like you’re under the big top in this class at The Muse in Bushwick, but that’s only natural. Circus professionals teach the acrobatics classes at this studio, and you’ll learn to tumble, balance and leap like a bona fide carnival performer. $25

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4
Cardio Bollywood

Cardio Bollywood

Shake, shimmy and twirl your way to a toned bod in a cardio Bollywood dance class. You’ll be having so much fun grooving to the rhythm that you might very well forget you’re working out—perfect for those of us who aren’t so keen on the gym. $15

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5
Kickboxing

Kickboxing

Who knew kicking thin air could be so tiring? Seriously, you’ll feel sore in muscles you didn’t even know existed before this class. Plus, throwing jabs and right hooks leaves you feeling so dang powerful. $17

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HIIT

HIIT

If you’re strapped for time, HIIT—or high intensity interval training—is the workout for you. It’s all about putting your maximum effort into a short burst of activity to get the most out of each movement. This class combines it with light weights, resistance bands and ballet-inspired moves for an even tougher workout. $22

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Capoeira

Capoeira

Part martial art, part dance, capoeira has been practiced in Brazil for decades. This graceful and elegant system of movement doesn’t require any equipment, but will definitely get your heart pumping and endorphins flowing. $20

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Trampoline Aerobics

Trampoline Aerobics

Bouncing up and down on a mini trampoline looks easy, but looks can be deceiving. This class combines old-school training methods like squats and lunges with acrobatic jumping moves for a low-impact, high-intensity workout. You’ll definitely work up a sweat. $30

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Barre Blend

Barre Blend

Ballet dancers get their lean figures and elongated muscles from the barre exercises they practice at the beginning of each lesson. Sculpt and tone your body through a fusion of barre and pilates. Though the miniscule movements might look easy, believe us—you’ll feel the burn after a few reps. $22

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Twerk’Out

Twerk’Out

Shaking your booty doesn’t get enough credit. For one thing, holding a squat the whole time is a serious leg workout; for another, moving your hips constantly forces you to contract your abs. So follow Miley’s lead and get your twerk on. $30

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