New Fitness Classes and Gyms For Fall 2011 NYC
4 New Ways to Fall Into Shape
Three words: don't slack off. Just because your beach bummin' days are over (and therefore, bikini-bod-in-training goal diminished) doesn't mean you should relax or forgo your good fitness habits. Why not spice it up instead? Keep your workout stamina up by incorporating new classes and new studios into your stay-fit schedule. With an LA-transplant Pilates reformer class and an Equinox Printing House takeover debuting this Fall, here are four fresh ways to keep your Summer shape.
- The Lotte Berk-inspired Physique 57 (2109 Broadway, Ste. 206, 212-259-0570) opened its third Manhattan location in mid-August on the Upper West Side in the historic Ansonia building. Just like the Midtown and Spring Street locations, the newest outpost offers its signature 57-minute barre classes in two sun-drenched studios. Plus, we hear there will be a handful of new workshops announced soon!
- At SLT (37 W. 57th St. #703, 212-355-1737), Vital Juice cofounder Amanda Freeman introduced her successful Los Angeles workout to the East Coast just over two weeks ago. Utilizing fitness guru Sebastien Lagree's acclaimed Megaformer workout, another take on Pilates reformer, you can expect 50 minutes of high-energy music and, of course, total body strengthening, lengthening, and toning. Ahem, S-L-T. The great thing about this intense session is its small group atmosphere — each class caps out at 10.
- Equinox (212-243-7600) never fails to keep things interesting. In a not-so-surprising takeover, the fitness giant acquired the squash mecca Printing House Gym at 421 Hudson St. Known for its sweeping views of downtown Manhattan, I know I'm not the only one excited to reclaim my workout in the clouds. Slated to open by the end of September, renovations include larger group fitness studios, and you can breathe a sigh of relief, as the rooftop pool remains. If a west side trek is not in the cards, try Equinox's new Fall class Pound. Think of it as a Guitar Hero-esque fusion of movement and making music. Using Ripstix, weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, Pound provides an effective way to break a sweat and drum like a rock star.
- Founder Brian Delmonico's Circuit of Change (57 W. 16th St., Fl. 4, 212-255-0053) started as a labor of love but has now found a permanent home in Chelsea. The classes do away with the regular gym scenery — no machines and no weights in sight — in favor of seven key elements: plyometrics, resistance training, yoga, gymnastic strengthening, cardio core training, boxing, and kickboxing. And with this latest location opening, you can also opt into one-hour Vinyasa classes for only $10.