Summer is around the corner. At least that’s what we’re hoping. And that means it is time to shake off the sneakers, grab a workout buddy and head to a class. Luckily New York City is a total smorgasbord when it comes to group fitness classes, and this spring there are some new favorites in town. Whether you try working out at icy temperatures or want to expel some aggression on the boxing bag, there truly is something for every mood.
Xtend Barre brings in elements of dance, ballet, and Pilates to create an adrenaline-fueled workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels the body. Xtend Barre is a creative combination of traditional Pilates methods, ballet and high energy cardio designed to sculpt bodies into lean, strong, ʻdancer-likeʼ physiques. Top models and the fashion set are huge fans of this fun workout.
In 2013, dancer, choreographer, and certified fitness instructor, Anna Kaiser, opened her first AKT studio on the Upper East Side after successfully introducing her privately trained clients to the revolutionary cardio-based dance workout. Rooted in functional training that allows the body to move in a dynamic way, each AKT studio class is between 45-60 minutes in duration and incorporates a full spectrum of fitness elements from dance to strength training and plyometrics.
In May 2018, Brrrn, the world's first cool temperature boutique fitness concept and lifestyle brand, opened a 3,000-square-foot studio with a rustic, industrial-chic, lodge aesthetic in New York City's Flatiron neighborhood. The research-driven concept, founded by Jimmy T. Martin and Johnny Adamic, is disrupting the fitness landscape by pairing the benefits of routine cool temperature exposure with exercise to optimize the fitness experience, as well as provide other health benefits, such as burning more calories than in ambient or hotter environments.
P. Volve focuses on deliberate and purposeful movement that activate muscles to define your inner and outer thigh, create the lower juicy butt lift, and give you tight, lean ab definition. The secret to success lies in the emphasis on the perfect form; when each movement is made with maximum focus and precision, there is no wasted energy.
Founder and CEO Dan Glazer developed a passion for boxing as a release from his stressful job as a trader in NYC. As a consumer, he noticed a void in the market and had the vision to steer boxing away from its male-dominated past toward a more accessible, inclusive future offering a cathartic sweat to everybody. Shadowbox is as much a mental as it is a physical experience: it’s unique in that it puts a strong focus on the meditative qualities of boxing.
Photography by: Photography Courtesy of Shadowbox