In a rut with your usual workout routine? It might be time to go the extra mile—literally—with a trip across the bridge. Check out these five awesome NYC-based workout studios worth ditching your local gym for the day.
The Class by Taryn Toomey
Looking for a 360-degree mind, body, and spirit experience? Fitness guru Taryn Toomey’s signature class, located in TriBeCa, will give it all to you in 65 sweat-filled minutes. Through simple, repetitive calisthenics and plyometrics, participants challenge the body to engage the mind. With guided instruction and carefully curated music, this Class invites students to witness their resistance to discomfort. The result is an expansive, heart-opening, body-strengthening release. No wonder it’s found fans in Vogue, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, just to name a few. Warning: this class WILL break you—but in all the best ways.
Tired of not getting the attention you need in a group class? This one gives you two attentive instructors for the price of one! In this high-intensity interval training class (think CrossFit meets boot camp), a pair of inspiring trainers play off one another, giving you clear and smart instruction, proper form guidance, and the workout results you crave. Over the course of 50 minutes, you’ll be treated to a variety of round-robin-style workouts incorporating TRX suspension trainers, plyo boxes, kettlebells, medicine balls, and more. Locations in the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, and Flatiron.
Cycling might currently be the top sport that’s trending in the fitness universe, but rowing is making some waves of its own. CITYROW’s 50-minute signature class combines rowing intervals on sexy, water-based rowing machines with dynamic sculpting exercises for the perfect balance of cardio and strength training. This heart-pumping, sweat-drenched, total-body burn is as fun as it is effective. New to rowing? Don’t sweat it – they’ll teach you everything you need to know. Locations in the Upper East Side and Union Square.
A workout that wants you to take a seat? Yup, you read that right. Mixing Pilates, ballet, and strength training, this inventive class equips participants with a chair and overhead bungees for a muscle-throbbing workout that will leave you feeling like anything but a couch potato. The classes are small and you must listen carefully to the teacher’s instructions as they walk you through the moves, but before you know it, your body—especially your arms—will be burning. Don’t even think of sitting this one out. Locations in the Upper East Side, Flatiron, and the Financial District.
Unleash your inner Million Dollar Baby at this boxing-inspired group fitness class that gives flab the big TKO. After checking in at the front desk (don’t have your own gloves? They can hook you), you’ll be given a slot either on the floor or at a bag. Five minutes before class starts, you’ll be welcomed by one of Rumble’s super-inspiring instructors, who will walk you through the six essential punches you’ll need to know to get the max out of the next 45 gut-busting minutes. Then, with the lights low and the music loud, you’re off to a fun and furious workout, throwing jabs, hooks, and uppercuts at one of Rumble’s exclusive Aqua Bags and hustling your way through a series of strength and body-weight circuits. By the end, you’ll be down for the count but couldn’t feel better about it. Locations in NoHo and Chelsea.