15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day isn't just for champagne and chocolate: Work up a sweat with your main squeeze or best friend at V-Day–themed classes
Swerve Fitness, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day
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By Carolyn Stanley and Anny Kim |
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You may have already booked a reservation at one of the city's most romantic restaurants, but if you're looking for some of the best things to do on Valentine's Day, don't neglect New York City's unparalleled fitness scene. Some of our favorite boutique-fitness studios and gyms are sponsoring events like two-for-one deals, team challenges and massage workshops, or even raffling off prizes just for showing up. So whether you're rolling solo or with your S.O., check out our list to keep you moving this weekend—if only to burn off all that chocolate and candy.

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Brooklyn Bodyburn, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day

Brooklyn Bodyburn

At the end of every session on February 14, clients can compete for a prize…and some serious Instagram cachet: Whoever holds the "spoon"—an upper-body and center-core exercise held on the Megaformer with your hands gripping the handle, your legs extended out in front on the carriage, and your hips lifted up and back behind your body—the longest can save 10 percent on their next class package. 296 Court St between DeGraw and Douglass Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-384-1133)  32 North 6th St at Main St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-1133)  brooklynbodyburn.com  First class $18, single class $34

Byklyn, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day

Byklyn

Nothing says "I love you" like a good old-fashioned ass-kicking (try convincing the competitive couples you know otherwise). Join instructors Declan Julien and Kat Piola as they lead a “Battle of the Sexes” edition of the Park Slope studio’s Bike & Boot class: 30 minutes cycling, 30 minutes boot camp. Your limbs may be Jell-O by the end, but just remember: Bragging rights are always worth it. Feb 14 10:30–11:30am. 258 Flatbush Ave between Prospect Pl and St. Marks Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (347-987-4771, byklyn.com). First class $15, single class $26, shoe rental $3.

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Cyc Fitness, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day
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Cyc Fitness

A nice bottle of wine might be standard issue for V-Day, but Noho cycling studio Cyc wants you to BYOB: “Bring Your Own Bae,” that is. From February 13 to 15, grab a significant other (or friend, family member, casual hookup or frenemy) and their first ride is on the house. Email astor@cycfitness.com to reserve your spots. David Barton Gym, 4 Astor Pl between Broadway and Lafayette St (212-897-9922, cycfitness.com). Single class $25, shoe rental $2.

Exceed Fitness, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day
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Exceed Physical Culture

Got a S.O. who’s convinced they’re athletic because they played soccer in high school? Put their boasts to the test with Exceed’s intense interval training; both locations invite you to bring your beau for free to select classes (9:30am and 4:30pm in Tribeca, and 9am and 4pm on the Upper East Side) on February 14. Afterward, soothe bruised egos and sore muscles with prosecco and chocolate. 97 Reade St between Church St and West Broadway (212-406-3600) • 1477 Third Ave between 83rd and 84th Sts (212-481-5300) • exceedphysicalculture.com • Single class $32

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The Fhitting Room, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day

The Fhitting Room

Get your high-intensity interval "FHIX" at either the Fhitting Room's original location (1166 Lexington Ave between 80th and 81st Sts, 212-772-1166) or its brand-spanking-new site (31 W 19th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 646-850-0469) for a two-in-one deal. Call your preferred studio to book a class between February 14 and 20 for yourself and a first-time client (which nets you a class credit to your account), or book a class for the same period with another current client for $35 total. fhittingroom.com. Single class $35. Classes must be taken by Feb 20.

Orangetheory Fitness, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day
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Orangetheory Fitness

You'll have to wait until March to sweat it out at the first NYC outpost of Orangetheory Fitness (124 W 23rd St between Sixth and Seventh Aves), which will be the nationwide brand's largest studio. But if you're really hankering to try its 60-minute workout—which includes circuits on treadmills, rowers and strength training with heart-rate monitoring—hop across the Hudson to get a preview. Visible from Riverside Park, the Edgewater site offers a two-for-one workout on Valentine's Day if you bring a partner. 725 River Rd at Russell Ave, Edgewater, NJ (orangetheoryfitness.com). Single class $25.

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Peloton Cycle, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day
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Peloton Cycle

Start your Valentine's Day bright and early by joining Robin Arzon for a Cupid Shuffle ride. A master of themed playlists, Robin will be blasting makeup and breakup songs, including everything from Jay and Bey's "Drunk in Love" to Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." No date? No problem: Stick around after class in Peloton's lounge, grab a coffee at the bar, and meet a new special someone before lunchtime. Feb 14 9:30–10:15am. 140 W 23rd St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (646-277-4497, pelotoncycle.com). First class free, single class $30.

Physique 57, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day
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Physique 57

Ladies, this one’s just for you: Take a cue from Parks and Rec and celebrate Galentine’s Day. Barre studio Physique 57 hosts a special Girls Night Out class on February 12. Not only will you and your ladypals get a killer workout—plus postclass bubbly, snacks and swag—you’ll be supporting Girls Inc. NYC, a nonprofit that inspires girls ages six to 18 to succeed in school and beyond. We’re sure Leslie Knope would approve. Feb 12 at 7pm. 161 Sixth Ave at Spring St (212-463-0570, physique57.com). $50 per person.

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Refine Method, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day
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Refine Method

In addition to its Dump the Gym promo (receive the equivalent of one month of your canceled gym membership toward any three-month class plan; email info@refinemethod.com), which expires on Valentine's Day, Refine Method is offering all its clients a chance at something even more savory: Take a class on February 14 at any of its three locations, and you'll be automatically eligible to win $100 for Italian-inspired fare at Barbuto, just around the corner from the West Village studio. 117 W 72nd St between Columbus Ave and Broadway  340 E 71st St between First and Second Aves  131 Perry St between Greenwich and Washington Sts  refinemethod.com  Single class $34

SLT (Strengthen Lengthen Tone), 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day

SLT (Strengthen Lengthen Tone)

If your Valentine’s Day plans are just killing time before the, ahem, main event in the bedroom, SLT’s “50 Shades of Sore” will make sure you’re good and ready. All day on February 14 at each of the studio's NYC locations, the Pilates, strength training and cardio hybrid classes will focus on moves that’ll give you some extra oomph in the sack (not to mention a great workout). Need even more motivation? Attendees who nab a spot on a "get lucky" Megaformer at select sessions throughout the day will score a free class. 137 Fifth Ave between 20th and 21st Sts • 201 E 67th St at Third Ave, fourth floor • 132 Crosby St between Houston and Prince Sts • 41 W 57th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves • sltnyc.com • First class $20, single class $40

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SoulCycle, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day

SoulCycle

There'll be Valentine's-inspired playlists the whole week prior, but SoulCycle is saving its best rides for February 14: "Taylor Swift vs. Harry Styles" with Sara on the UWS (350 Amsterdam Ave at 77th St, 212-787-1300) at 4pm; "Love Songs" with Brandon in Chelsea (8 W 19th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 212-876-7685) at 2pm; and the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack with Marié in the West Village (126 Leroy St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts, 212-996-7685) at 5pm. Best of all, starting February 13, the cycling behemoth is offering vouchers in its studios for brand-new riders, who can redeem their first class for free through March 2. Happy V-Day, indeed! Locations throughout the city; visit soul-cycle.com. Single class $34, shoe rental $3.

Swerve Fitness, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day
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Swerve Fitness

Single for Valentine’s Day? No problem. Head to the team cycling studio’s Friday night mixer (and ride) led by Seth Maynard on February 13 at 7:30pm. Bring a friend or come stag, and enjoy champagne and pink smoothies after class—who knows, you may just meet the fellow cycling fiend of your dreams. The next day at 9:30am, instructor Dyan Tsiumis leads a V-Day ride with a playlist so good it’ll break your heart. And all day February 14, if you find a rose on your locker, it means you’ve won a free class. See? V-Day ain’t so bad. 30 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-242-3330, swervefitness.com). First two classes $30, single class $30.

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Uplift Studios, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day

Uplift Studios

Luckily for all the men who wonder how their favorite ladies have landed in such amazing shape, the all-women's Uplift Studios is holding a coed Valentine's Day edition of its kick-ass strength workout. This special team-based challenge will encourage some friendly competition and end, as always, with wine and healthy snacks. Show up solo or bring a partner. Feb 13 7:30–9pm. 24 W 23rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-242-3103, upliftstudios.com). $34 per person.

The Yoga Room, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day

The Yoga Room

This Queens yoga/Pilates/wellness center is offering Thai Yoga Partner Massage with yoga instructor and massage therapist Nil Akin at both locations this V-Day weekend. The workshop will combine massage, acupressure, twisting, stretching and meditation for couples or friends—no prior yoga or massage experience necessary. Feb 14 5–7:30pm. 10-14 47th Rd between Vernon Blvd and 11th St, Long Island City, Queens (718-786-7962).  Feb 15 4:30–7pm. 38-01 35th Ave between Steinway St and 38th St, Astoria, Queens (718-274-0255).  the-yoga-room.com  $90 per couple

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Yoga Vida, 15 amazing workouts for Valentine's Day

Yoga Vida

The popular Greenwich Village yoga studio is offering a day-after workshop called Valentine's Lounging Lovers, a restorative-yoga session to attend with your significant other. Instructor Abby Paloma will zero in on practices and techniques for improving intimacy and communication with props and a holistic focus between you and your partner. Feb 15 2–3:45pm. 99 University Pl between 12th and 13th Sts, sixth floor (212-995-5553, yogavida.com). $50 per couple.

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