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City Surf Fitness cofounders Mitchell Brown, Lauren McHenry, Hunter Heres and John Bowden. Photo by Sarah Hudiburg

We?re totally stoked about the new Uptown exercise studio City Surf Fitness. It?s the newest toning trend to wash up in Dallas, and we have to admit we?re all for a place where you can ride a surfboard without fear of seeing sharks--or getting your hair wet. Plus, you?re sure to get an epic workout.

The four types of classes offered work your core strength and balance, so your abs are really going to feel it. But it?s all good. The small studio has room for just ten stationary surfboards, made by the Mark Cuban-backed company Surfset Fitness. Each board rests on three stability balls, which create a hovering effect as you wobble, twist and assume plank and warrior positions. Two stability straps can increase or decrease resistance.

Our workout pick, the Buddha Board class, had our namaste written all over it. The instructor guided us through a series of yoga moves atop the board, including a core-blasting downward-facing surf dog. It was definitely more intense than our regular terra firma practice--but we found that kind of refreshing.

City Surf Fitness, 2805 Allen St., Suite 113; 214-664-0979 or

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