It’s easy to get stuck in a fitness rut. If you do work out, you have that one standby class you swear by…and that’s about it. Experts say if you want to get the best results for your bod, it’s a good idea to change up your routine. That’s where these ten new fitness classes come in. And if you’re looking for more ways to get toned, check out our roundups of the best personal trainers in NYC, top spinning classes and pilates spots and more in NYC.
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Best new fitness classes in NYC
Okay, yes, the class name is confusing—it’s the same as the studio name, get it?—but the concept is simple: boxing at the top, yoga at the bottom. This 50-minute class—which includes a shadowbox warm-up, rumble rounds and a fast-paced flow yoga scored to energizing music from Nirvana, DMX, Bon Iver and Solange—lets you get out your aggression on the punching bags, then calm down by doing downward dogs. Consider it the perfect antidote to Trump rage.
If spinning in a small, candlelit room makes you feel claustrophobic—or preoccupied by fire worry—you might want to give this class a, heh, spin. The Dumbo studio offers cycling sessions in front of a massive IMAX screen, so even though the bikes stay still, the screen displays images—like a scenic mountain climb in the Swiss Alps, beautiful sunsets and even outer space—that make you feel as if you’re on a two-wheeled world tour. You’ll barely even notice you’re working your ass off!
Those looking to join any rowing class at this new Columbus Circle studio must first take Rowing 101, which teaches proper technique and commands. After that’s completed, rowers can sign up for a regular EngineRm, an indoor workout that focuses on group exercise. There’s no music in this 12-person class—instead rowers focus on the rhythm of the erg machines and the motivating commands from the coach. Each session is themed around a specific regatta, such as the U.K.’s Henley Royal and Boston’s Head of the Charles.
This newish studio in the Flatiron District gives fitness instructors a no-frills space where they can offer new classes and build up clientele. One instructor who’s gaining a big following here is Courtney Paul, a Barry’s Bootcamp alum, with his CPXperience. The 50-minute high-energy strength-training and cardio–boot-camp class mixes up moves that focus on a different body part each day: Mondays are all about the back and biceps, Friday is chest day. One thing you can always count on in each session is ab work (the road to a six-pack, unfortunately, involves many, many crunches). Paul keeps class sizes small so you can expect the kind of attention you’d normally find in a personal-training session. Translation: It’s hard to slack off.
When the studio doors swing open, you’ll be greeted by cheering instructors dancing to an EDM soundtrack in a room filled with laser lights and fog. Party! The energetic vibe takes a quick break for five minutes of yoga flow, but then it picks back up for the remainder of the 60-minute class. The high-intensity, full-body workout includes a course of 20 stations, and at each, you do a difficult exercise (think box jumps, weight lifting, running on a treadmill) for two minutes before switching to the next station where a new challenge awaits.
David Barton’s newest gym, located in Hell’s Kitchen, features dramatic lighting, high-tech equipment that syncs with an app to create customized workouts and a 25-meter saltwater pool, but it’s the variety of classes that most gymgoers flock to here. TMPL Strength is the standout: The pros at the gym wanted a sweat session that felt like the opposite of a high-intensity workout, and this low-impact class was born. Instead of plowing through moves, the slower pace allows you to focus on every rep with heavier weights, building total body strength and lean muscles using just a bench, dumbbells and resistance bands. Caution: You’ll really feel the burn the next day.
Most Pilates studios use the reformer machine (a benchlike apparatus that employs pulleys to strengthen and lengthen your body), but L.A. export WundaBar uses its own patented version of the device. It does everything a reformer does but also features a chair and a ballet barre, and it can be used for jumping exercises. You’ll spend the whole 45-minute class on the machine, where you’ll do moves like planks, lunges and ballet-barre pulses. It’s Pilates at a cardio pace. Bonus: The studio donates proceeds from your first class to the Robin Hood Foundation.
Sure, everyone breathes, but are you breathing correctly? Controlling your body’s intake of oxygen is one of the best ways to prepare for a healthy, fit life and to find your center. Your moment of Zen starts at this chic Greenwich Village studio, which offers beginner meditators a taste of the ancient spiritual technique in its optional 101 class. Newbies plop down on cushions on the studio floor and are guided through a few different breathing techniques and meditation exercises. After the intro session, you can book other themed classes, which are 30 to 60 minutes long and cover everything from breath work to practicing the perfect posture. New studios are planned for the Upper East Side and Williamsburg later this year.
If you saw Wreck-it Ralph and thought, Damn, I want to be inside a video game!, this Upper East Side sweat palace has your number. The class AG6 is a circuit-based workout that’s pretty much a 45-minute obstacle course with sensor-activated LED-lit walls and floors that illuminate as you jump and throw balls on them like targets in an arcade game. The fast-paced session includes medicine-ball slams, burpees, mountain climbers and other standard exercise-class movements actually made fun, thanks to all the sensory overload. No cuts, no buts, no coconuts!