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August 07, 2013

Two Must-Try Workouts

By Ingrid Skjong | Fitness

Two Must-Try Workouts
Courtesy of Chaise Fitness

No two bodies—or fitness goals—are the same. These two workouts, rooted in disparate core philosophies, keep their devotees focused, inspired and ready for the next challenge.

CHAISE FITNESS
The Basics:
The Reinvention Method—the brainchild of Chaise Fitness founder Lauren Piskin, a Pilates pro and former competitive figure skater, and her daughter, Rachel Piskin (pictured above), a former New York City Ballet dancer—is a mash-up of Pilates, ballet and aerobic training. The workout centers on a fitness chair, which is a take on the Pilates Wunda Chair, and suspended bungee cords that add resistance to the various movements.

What to Expect: You’ll spend the better part of the 55-minute class on the fitness chair, making use of its large resistance pedal and the overhead cords. Striking the correct balance on said chair takes a bit of doing, but the instructor will guide you into alignment if needed during moves that work the core and the entire body (wide plié squats with arm pulses and variations on the Pilates teaser, for example.) The music is upbeat, and active recovery periods keep things moving.

Best For: Those eager for an alternative to traditional barre classes but still want to feel taller, leaner and stronger. 40 E. 23rd St., Third Fl.; 212-432-6100; chaise23.com.

THE FHITTING ROOM
The Basics:
High-intensity training (HIT) involves short bursts of activity—counterbalanced with brief rest periods—designed to challenge and fatigue the body. The Fhitting Room is based on this philosophy, using a variety of full-body exercises that encompass functional movements, strength training and intense intervals. “To see results, you must push yourself out of your comfort zone,” says head instructor Eric Salvador. “You must go all out.” Stay focused and positive (two of Salvador’s favorite mindsets) and those results—increased strength, decreased body fat, improved endurance and range of motion—can begin to appear in eight to 12 weeks.

What to Expect: Loafing is not an option. Two instructors man most of the 50-minute sessions, which are kept to a 12-person maximum. The studio is slick and spare, with a slightly springy floor (a good thing). Salvador and his team employ compound movements and circuits to work multiple muscles; nearly every workout is different. Our session involved stints on the rowing machine, squats with a kettle bell, standing diagonal chops with a medicine ball, push-ups, box jumps, more squats…you get the idea. The instructors keep things on track and monitor form, but the atmosphere is light and convivial.

Best For: Those who love breathless, challenging circuits that hurt in the best possible way. 1166 Lexington Ave.; 212-772-1166; fhittingroom.com

 

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