Britney, Katy, Beyoncé: Solid gym motivators. But frankly, there are only so many Top 40 cardio-blast classes we can stomach. Here are a few fun alternatives that march to a different beat.
Indie rock Is Bon Iver more your speed? The Power Beats class at the newly opened Lyons Den Power Yoga shies away from the Enyas of the world, instead opting for a mix of rock styles (classic to alternative to pop) for its flow. One minute you’ll hear Iron & Wine; the next, Jessie Ware. Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.; White and Church sts.
Oldies Crunch has teamed up with Motown: The Musical to host a weekly cardio-dance class featuring choreography and music from the show. Shimmy and shake to the likes of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours).” And don’t worry about being a member: Guest passes are available online. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Crunch’s W. 54th St. location at Eighth Ave.
Hip-hop throwbacks Imagine grueling through a set of burpees and just when you need a swift kick of motivation, “Bring ’Em Out” pops off. (Cue bachelorette-party flashbacks.) That’s the precise house-party vibe at The People’s Bootcamp. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; Eighth Ave. and 55th St.