Looking for an exercise class that doesn’t come at the price of pain and injured joints? Tonic Method, Higher Terrain and CycleBar may be the answer. Offering classes like yoga, hot Pilates and HIIT, these methods are perfect low-impact options for those who seek a challenge.
1. For a sweaty, high-intensity cardio session, try CycleBar (535 E. Hyman Ave.). The brand-new studio, next door to Pure Barre, features a state-of-the-art audio system, motion-activated light-up stationary bikes, and occasionally showcases guest instructors during its 45-minute classes. For a full-body workout, rotate between CycleBar and Pure Barre, as the studios are offering combination passes.
2. For something less sweaty and more Zen, try Higher Terrain (601 E. Hyman Ave.)—a workout comprised of a series of slow, intentional movements performed for one or two minutes at a time. Don’t be fooled: There may be less sweat than a HIIT class, but it still leaves muscles quivering. The Megaformer class incorporates a resistance machine specially customized to each participant, ensuring an intense muscular workout free from injury.
3. For a happy medium between CycleBar and Ritual, try Tonic Method (720 E. Durant Ave., Unit E-4). Instructors emphasize the importance of remaining in the aerobic heart-rate zone for all 45 minutes of class to burn fat and benefit muscles long-term. To do this, Tonic introduces the classic Lagree Method strength training mixed with intervals of squats and tricep dips to keep your pulse pounding.
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