4 Crazy-Challenging New Workouts to Try, Because It Won’t Be Winter Forever
Looking to jump-start your spring fitness or just break up your usual treadmill/yoga/free weights routine? These strenuous but oh-so-rewarding classes—from a revved-up cycling session to a superhero-inspired aerial workout—ought to do the trick.
SoulActivate at SoulCycle
SoulPsychos everywhere rejoiced when the cult-favorite cycling brand launched its first new class in ages. The signature contagious energy, killer tunes and come-as-you-are attitude are still there, but in an athletic 60-minute class that features strategic high-intensity intervals, heavier weights (and more upper-body segments) and active recovery periods for maximum results. FYI: If you’re new to the land of the yellow wheel, it’s recommended you take ten standard classes before attempting this advanced-level workout.
Select locations in Manhattan; soul-cycle.com
Champ Camp at Shadowbox
You’re probably already familiar with the sleek boxing studio with the mood-lit classes. Now, head coach and world champion boxer Heather Hardy shares her competitive secrets in an in-depth boot camp (with the best name ever) that focuses on proper boxing technique and training methods specific to the sport. If that doesn’t make you feel like a champ, we don’t know what will.
Shadowbox Dumbo, 55 Prospect St., Brooklyn; 718-305-6488 or sbxboxing.com
The first stateside outpost of a megapopular U.K. hot-yoga brand, Fierce Grace serves up classes for every kind of yogi, from the stretching-focused Deep Core to the eponymous music-set flow class. And for those of you mourning the loss of Bikram Yoga Lower East Side (the space’s former occupant), know that founder Tricia Donegan is staying on as a partner and teacher.
172 Allen St.; 212-353-8859 or fiercegracenyc.com
Is that your spidey sense tingling? Nope, it’s just the full-body exhaustion you’ll feel (in a good way) after this unique workout. The concept here centers around a hanging apparatus that combines suspension training and resistance bands—“resistance with assistance”—and allows you to pull off moves you never thought possible, like a flying push-up and an aerial handstand. Yes, it’s challenging as all get out, but it’s actually easy on your joints, thanks to the strap support.
12 E. 14th St.; 212-287-9029 or spiderbands.com