The skinny: The fitness industry loves a mash-up, taking elements from different regimens and putting them in a new workout. Ballet-based barre has been one of the fastest-growing crazes, with popular workouts including Pure Barre, Ballet and Body, the Bar Method and Physique 57—and it’s the latest to get the hybrid treatment at gyms across New York. Core Fusion Barre+Cardio at Exhale combines slow-burn core work with ballet principles to strengthen and lengthen muscles without adding bulk. Flywheel’s faster-paced version, FlyBarre, is a total-body workout, complete with nightclub-style music. Those who prefer their sweat of the dripping variety should opt for Figure 4 Fahrenheit at Pure Yoga, where you can barre all at a high temperature (105 degrees, yikes), which enables a deeper stretch.
Try it: Core Fusion Barre+Cardio is offered at Exhale’s six Manhattan locations (exhalespa.com). Single class $37, 10-class pass $315. • FlyBarre is offered at Flywheel locations in Flatiron, Lincoln Square and Upper East Side (flywheelsports.com). Single class $34, 10-class pass $320. • Figure 4 Fahrenheit is offered at Pure East, 203 E 86th St at Third Ave (212-360-1888, pureyoga.com). Single class $30.
Try it: Aerospace, 121 W 27th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-929-1640, aerospace.com). Single class $30, one-month unlimited membership $300.
Try it: Brooklyn Zoo NY, 230 Bogart St at Ten Eyck St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-987-3228, brooklynzoony.com). $15 and up.
Try it: Precision Running is offered at 13 of Equinox’s New York clubs (equinox.com/run); monthly membership starts at $163. • Mile High Run Club, 28 E 4th St between Bowery and Lafayette St (milehighrunclub.com). Single class $34, 10-class pass $320.
Try it: Peloton, 140 W 23rd St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (866-679-9129, pelotoncycle.com/studio/nyc). First class free, single class $30, five-class pass $140. • Swerve, 30 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-242-3330, swervefitness.com). Single class $30, five-class pass $145.
Try it: Brooklyn Crew, 20 Broadway at Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-529-5479, brooklyn-crew.com). Single class $28, 10-class pass $250. • CityRow, 80 Fifth Ave between 13th and 14th Sts (212-242-4790, cityrow.com). Single class $32; five-class pass $155. • GoRow Studios, 1422 Grand St at 15th St, Hoboken (201-448-5769, gorowstudios
.com). Single class $29; monthly pass $199. • Row House, 555 W 59th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (212-757-6035, rowhousenyc.com). First three classes $75, single class $35, monthly pass (three classes per week) $269.
There is such a thing as a refined all-you-can-eat buffet and no restaurant does it better than midtown’s Brasserie 8 ½. The Sunday brunch is French-inflected and features everything from a crepe station to a seafood bar with ceviche, smoked salmon and poached shrimp. Save room for the desserts, though, which, at last count, featured over 15 pies, cakes and cookies.
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