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12 Cool Workout Classes to Take in NYC for a New You

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Updated: 23 December 2017

While we’re sure you’re great the way you are, the new year tends to inspire a desire to create a new you. If last January taught us anything, it’s that in order to stay inspired, you have to keep things interesting. Achieve all of your #healthgoals this year at New York City’s 12 coolest workout classes to take for a new you.

Intention class at MNDFL

A healthy mind makes for a healthy life. Get your brain to boot camp at MNDFL, a meditation mini-chain with locations in Greenwich Village, the Upper East Side, and Williamsburg. At the studio’s Intention class, you’ll develop an intention that’s specific to you in a 30-, 45-, or 60-minute session.

Multiple locations in New York, NY, USA

Hip-hop yoga at Y7 Studio

Not your average yoga spot, Y7 Studio is great for people who are more into pop culture than crow poses. Snag the Insta-famous studio’s New Client Special (three classes for just $45), and discover that even you can become a yogi with the right playlist.

Multiple locations in New York, NY, USA

Yoga at New Love City

Classpass users swear by this Greenpoint place doubling as both a co-working space and the borough’s most laid-back yoga studio (it’s also available to rent). Known as much for its supportive instructors as its wallet-friendly prices (first-time students can secure a 50%-off drop-in class or a two-week unlimited trial for $55), New Love City will have you living (and loving) your new lifestyle in no time.

New Love City, 4th Floor, 68 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 616 915 4576

Running at Mile High Run Club

Chase your goals at Mile High Run Club, where treadmill and strength-training classes give you the confidence to run after what you want. Here, classes are broken down by mileage and timing, allowing beginners to start with a two-to-three-mile option and, eventually, move up to the five-to-seven-mile level.

Multiple locations in New York, NY, USA

Uplift Studios

A women-only gym in Midtown, Uplift Studios bills itself as a fitness studio-cum-female society. For just $20, new students can test out any of the studio’s pressure-free classes, many of which emphasize strength-training. While Uplift offers a lesson for every goal, the spot’s Build class is particularly great for newbies looking to make long-term lifestyle changes.

Uplift Studios, 24 W 23rd St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 242 3103

305 Fitness

Put your guilty pleasure to good use at 305 Fitness, a Miami-inspired dance cardio studio that considers your wild clubbing days a workout warm-up. Soundtracked by a live DJ, the studio’s 55-minute classes combine dance moves, high-intensity interval training, and drills to make you dance like no one is watching.

Multiple locations in New York, NY, USA

PRAMA at AG6 Asphalt Green

Geek out while you work out at AG6 Asphalt Green, a high-tech gym adopting “a smarter approach to fitness.” The world-famous PRAMA class here entails a 45-minute circuit-based workout where the walls and floors, which light up at your touch, are your main competitor. Essentially a large-scale arcade game, this class will have you looking forward to working out—really.

Multiple locations in New York, NY, USA

modelFIT Sculpt at modelFIT

Take a cue from the fashion world’s top models, and get ready for your close-up (Instagram counts) at modelFIT, the studio of choice for modeling elites. The low-impact Sculpt workout at this SoHo spot delivers big benefits by targeting smaller muscles around your abs, butt, and arms. Note: While you don’t have to be a model to train here, you may find yourself feeling pretty “super” post-workout.

modelFIT, 212 Bowery, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 219 2044

The Class by Taryn Toomey

With The Class by Taryn Toomey, you will never need to choose between a mind or body workout again. The 45-to-75-minute classes at this unique establishment combine components such as meditation and yoga and boot camp basics, including squats and burpees, all of which will leave you feeling mentally refreshed and physically tired.

The Class by Taryn Toomey, 22 Park Pl, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 850 0937

Bounce at Bari Studio

Indulge your inner kid at Bari Studio, a spot known for its grown-up take on a favorite throwback activity. The trampoline-based Bounce classes here are high-cardio, low-impact, and fun enough to make you jump for joy.

Bari Studio, 23 Leonard St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 966 2274

AquaCycling at AquaStudio

Standard spin classes are so last year. Enjoy a new (ahem) spin on the city’s favorite workout at AquaStudio, a spot specializing in underwater cycling classes. Peddling these stationary bikes submerged in a pool is easier on the joints and harder than you’d expect! Best of all, the open-level classes here suit an array of athletes, including those in cross-training, post-surgery cyclers, and pregnant sportspeople.

AquaStudio, 78 Franklin St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 966 6784

Intro to Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders

Climb your mountain in 2018—but maybe start with a smaller-scale rock wall at the popular Brooklyn Boulders. Here, you’ll learn the ropes before tackling the 22-foot-tall (6.7 meters) climbing walls and 22,000 square feet of climbing space. Much like the figurative (or literal) mountain set in your sights, this workout may seem daunting, but the view from the top makes all of your work worthwhile.

Brooklyn Boulders, 575 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 834 9066

Anyone else feeling 💪this Friday? Enjoy that strength through the weekend! #bkblove #bkbeastmode #repost @ebailey_fitness ・・・ I simply feel full. Of love. Of joy. Of gratitude. (A currently a little of Cheerios). Tonight I sat on a panel for @bumblebizz to share about my “one connection”. Tonight I shared a story about a mentor who has changed the way I view the world. From the second I met him, things shifted. A story you might hear one day. A story of a relationship I didn’t know I’d get emotional about sharing. But my takeaway for you. Don’t create your own ceiling. Don’t let your loved ones accidentally hold you back. Don’t let your fear hold you back. Climb. And keep climbing. And when you’re missing your next hand hold, maybe there will be your one connection there to coach you to the next. But it’s up to you to make the connection. To open yourself to others. To speak and share and love. It’s up to you to create your own joy. #ChaseJoy • Grateful for tonight and the wonderful event I got to be a part of @thegoodones_ @brooklynboulders ❤️ #thesweatlife

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