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Run-of-the-treadmill gyms are fine, but when you're stretching in down dog next to a bunch of barbell-pumping dudes, you start to wonder if there's a better way to work out.

Now there is: Uplift, the new women's-only fitness movement, eliminates the distracting, intimidating parts of exercise (packed classes, creepy trainers, grimy showers) while maintaining the things we love (camaraderie, endorphin rushes, feelings of moral superiority once we get home).

Founders Leanne Shear, Helena Wolin and Katie Currie have previously held group classes in Central Park, but they now have an expansive new Flatiron space to call home. The new Uplift studio has a bright classroom for small yoga, pilates and strength-building instruction; a friendly, all-female staff; and--best of all--a bar for grabbing cocktails after working up a sweat.

Clients can choose their own personal trainers; take fun fusion classes like Tighten and Tone ($32), a ballet-and-resistance-band hybrid that delivers lean arms and gams; and attend motivational lectures and events like jewelry trunk shows and nutritionist talks. To celebrate the opening, all classes are free this Sunday, and new customers will get four classes for the price of one ($32, expires two months after purchase).

That's something to get worked up about.

Uplift Studios, 24 W. 23rd St. (between Fifth and Sixth aves.), 2nd Fl.; 212-242-3103 or

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