Whether you’re in New York for fashion week or a holiday, it’s no excuse to skip out on leg, arm or thigh day. On the contrary, visiting a foreign city presents the best opportunity to make working out more refreshing by visiting the local gyms or joining fitness classes that aren’t offered back home. We round up some of New York’s coolest and one-of-a-kind workouts to add,
5 Cool and New NYC Fitness Classes to Try
Bored of the usual HIIT or yoga session? Travelling is one of the best ways to try out a new fitness class and there are a few interesting ones in New York.
1. ModelFit’s classes
It’s no secret that Chrissy Teigen, Taylor Swift and Victoria’s Secret Models choose ModelFit as their go-to workout. The boutique gym offers three classes: Cardio Sculpt, Dance Cardio and Sculpt. They’re all full-body, low-impact workouts which focus a lot on slimming and toning while using props like ankle weights, Pilates rings, resistance bands, Bosu balls and free weights to target hard-to-reach areas like the underbutt and lower abs.
Address: 212 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Their tagline says everything, “Immersive cycling powered by Imax”. Just imagine your usual group indoor cycling class but with a larger-that-life screen to take you on a visual journey to the likes of the solar system or over the coasts of Hawaii with the music reacting to the scene in front of you. Now who said spin classes are boring and static?
Address: Dumbo, 127 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
3. Box + Flow
The 50-minute class will see you starting off with a HIIT shadowbox warm-up before running through some moves and hitting the bags for a good 30 minutes before moving to the yoga mat for a 20-minute flow session. Essentially it’s a combination of anger management (or stress relief), therapy and fitness built into one class.
Address: 55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012
4. AKT’s classes
If you like workouts with some choreography built into it, AKT has a couple of dance-based or circuit-based interval training that combines yoga and cardio with strength training for a total body burn in one 60-minute jam session. Fun fact: Drew Barrymore’s fitness regime includes going to AKT.
Address: Available at several locations
5. Holy Water at TMPL
Remember Floatfit, the HIIT workout on water? TMPL, which has been dubbed New York’s most high-tech gym, has adapted the principles of it to create a class called Holy Water. Taking place in their beautiful 25m saltwater pool, participants will go through a series of yoga moves and various strength exercises while stabilising on the board. Dare you take up the challenge?
Address: 355 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019