Kickboxing in NYC
Forget spa treatments: This is how New Yorkers really de-stress.

Remember Billy Blanks? You know: 1995. Tae Bo. Man tanks.

We?re not advising you to dig up those VHS tapes, but be prepared because there is a new martial-arts workout on your sweaty horizon. And good news for those without a black belt: There?s a class for everyone. Trust us; we tried ?em.

If you like SoulCycle Get in on the new high-energy UFC Gym in FiDi. Don?t be scared off by the maze of heavy bags or bulging muscles; these guys embrace beginners. We showed up for a mid-week kickboxing class, and although we?d never punched a bag in our life, the friendly instructor kept us jabbing along. Need a swift kick of persuasion? Your first class is free. UFC Gym NYC, 80 John St. (at Gold St.); 212-968-1100

If YogaWorks is more your speed Meet Master C.K. Chu and his free outdoor Eternal Spring Tai Chi class. It?s a combination of meditation and slow movements that focuses on deep breathing and coordination. (Think: standing on one leg.) While it takes a few inhales to get ?centered,? we left the park feeling so refreshed, we barely needed our morning latte. Barely. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., through September 26; Bryant Park (at 42nd St. and Sixth Ave.)

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