By Michele Bacigalupo
The SWERVE studio. Photo courtesy of SWERVE.
Those same resolutions that you find yourself making every year–to exercise regularly, eat healthy, and get in shape–can finally come true in 2015. By discovering a new workout that not only pushes your body to the limit, but gets you to have fun while doing it, you’ll be feeling better about yourself than ever before. Not to mention you’ll be more likely to add exercise to your weekly routine. Below is a list of fitness studios that offer exactly that: energizing music, a fun environment, and original workouts that you can’t find anywhere else.
SWERVE may be the most innovative contributor to the cycling craze. At SWERVE, the spin classes are divided into teams, and each rider pedals to build their score. The collaborative atmosphere keeps the class exciting and makes members more likely to socialize after class. The studio is decked in colorful tritone lights and its not uncommon to have an instructor who sweats, screams, and pushes the class as hard as it can go, all while sporting a smile and killer dance moves. Located in the Flatiron District, SWERVE recently celebrated their one-year anniversary as a studio, and the company is looking to expand to additional locations in the near future.
Located in Union Square, CityRow is centered around the Indo-Row WaterRower machine, which simulates the sensation of rowing on an actual river. Individuals shouldn’t expect to sit down for the entire class however. Rowing intervals are broken up by intense mat work. CityRow offers three different types of classes, where participants can choose their own mat method—be it Pilates, yoga, or strength training. A Signature Row class involves squats, lunges, push-ups, and free weights, complemented by challenging intervals on the rowing machine.
The idea behind Orangetheory is for participants to exercise with their heart rate in the orange zone. The 60-minute session is designed for individuals to endure approximately 20 minutes at 84 percent of their maximum heart rate. As a result, participants experience the “afterburn” effect, which heightens a person’s metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours following a workout. A session incorporates treadmills, rowing machines, and resistance training blocks. Orangetheory is rapidly expanding with locations all around the country. You can even sign up for a free first session on the Orangetheory website.
SLT (Strengthen, Lengthen, Tone) has its fair amount of devout class participants throughout LA and New York City. SLT is combined with a Megaformers workout, which is an updated approach to the Pilates’ Reformer. A mixture of cardio, Pilates, and strength training, SLT is perfect for city dwellers with demanding work schedules. Individuals are able to reap maximum benefits (you’ll feel the burn in your abs) from a single class. Participants won’t walk out of SLT drenched in sweat either. It’s simply not that type of workout. The focus is on improving muscle, and you’re bound to feel sore the next day.
At ChaiseFitness, individuals are offered the chance to reinvent their bodies with a combination of ballet, Pilates, and aerobics, all while manipulating a bungee system. It may sound complicated, but the class environment is anything but intimidating. A variety of class options are offered and participants can choose based on their level of expertise and fitness goals. The Reinvention Chair class is ideal for beginners. A former New York City ballet dancer and her mother created ChaiseFitness and the family dynamic is reflected in the close-knit feel of the studio. With ballet as the driving inspiration, the workout is a body sculpting session using the poise and elegance of a dancer’s movements. Locations are spread throughout New York City.
A session at JumpLife is guaranteed to motivate participants to bounce to the music, literally. The exercises take place on trampolines (you read it correctly) and therefore are low-impact on the spine and joints. A workout will not only increase your dose of cardio, it will get you to smile while you do it. JumpLife also offers classes designed for kids and the sheer mention of the trampoline is sure to captivate their interest. Kids and adults alike will hardly notice that they’re exercising. The environment at JumpLife is too much like a party for individuals to remember that they’re doing something healthy. However, you’re bound to notice the positive effects on your body and mind the next day.
While the suggestions listed above may sound a bit overwhelming, remember that like anything else, they become easier with time and practice. If you’re still trying to get the ball rolling on your new year resolutions, try adding just one fitness class each week to your schedule. Exercise on the weekend and you won’t feel as guilty spending the rest of the day lounging around the house. In fact, you’ll deserve it.