Feel The Burn
This winter, heat things up with these four high-intensity, low-impact workouts.
If you took the fall and er summer off, there’s no time like the present to get back into or start a new workout routine. With the holiday season kicking off, like, yesterday (it starts with Halloween, right?), you may want to kick it up a notch, too, to balance out the extra eats and stress. Sweat it off with these heart-pounding yet low-impact fitness classes that all motivate with fun music—and results.
If you thought a Pure Barre class was intense, the studio’s newest offering, Platform, takes things to a whole new level. The 55-minute, fast-paced class kicks your heart rate up from start to finish with a low-impact interval-training workout that utilizes a platform (essentially, a step), light weights and the barre. Just when you think you can’t possibly lift your leg, tuck your tummy or do a side-plank pushup one more time, you shift to the next move. It’ll push you to your edge, for sure.
$23 per class
240 North Highland Avenue
Building 3, Suite B-1
Get ready to sweat at this recently opened Midtown studio. Not your typical yoga studio vibe, it feels more like a boutique gym with two well-appointed practice rooms and spacious changing rooms with showers and lockers, which come in handy if you’re headed to work afterwards. The 60-minute Core- Power Yoga 2 class, called C2 for short, is a powerful yoga workout in a heated room (95 to 98 degrees with added humidity) and set to an energizing playlist that helps you turn off your mind and go with the vinyasa flow. By the time savasana rolls around, the stresses of the day will have melted off.
$23 per class
860 Peachtree St.
FlyBeats at Flywheel – Midtown
This class is like dancing on a bike. The highenergy, 45-minute spin session perfectly choreographs your RPMs (that’s revolutions per minute, a.k.a. your speed) to an upbeat playlist. Unlike other Flywheel cycling classes, your intensity is controlled more by your torq (resistance) and position on the bike rather than RPMs, so don’t expect races and intervals of speed. Feeling competitive? Use the TorqBoard’s class rank display as extra incentive to up that torq.
$28 per class
1180 West Peachtree St. N.W.
Feel the burn in this dance-meets-Pilates class that blends the use of light weights, a Pop exercise ball and a ballet barre to strengthen and lengthen your body. Set in a new bright and minimalistic, industrial studio, the 60-minute barre workout combines stretching with strength training moves, such as planks and controlled leg lifts, and core work that will fire up those abs. Even if you’re a shorty, you’ll feel long and lean by the end of class.
$20 per class
724 Monroe Drive N.E.
STORY: Karina Antenucci