We’re halfway through January, which means there’s a good chance you’ve already forgotten you made any New Year’s resolutions at all, unless those resolutions were “eat more 4am pizza” and “try every flavor of Ben & Jerry’s at the corner bodega.” Now that winter is in full freezing swing, you want nothing more than to curl up with Netflix and work on the fat layer that’s going to keep you warm until spring.

Sorry, New York City, hibernation is cute when bears do it – not so much when you do it. When summer rolls in you’re going to want to hit the beaches and pool parties and outdoor bars without feeling sluggish from months of inaction. And you’re gonna need stamina for all the Wahlburgers you’ll be eating.

If a boring gym membership isn’t the motivation you need to start sweating, you’re in luck: New York City is full of weird workouts you won’t find anywhere else. Put down the pizza, remember your resolutions, and let’s get fit for 2015. Here are your New York City workouts.


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Cardio workouts are essential for burning calories, keeping fit, and reaching your fitness goals. But treadmills? Ugh, boring. Luckily you don’t have to go anywhere near one in 2015.


How You’ll Sweat It Out: JumpLife is the world’s only fitness studio dedicated solely to rebounding classes – aka bouncing on a trampoline for fitness. Rebounding has been used to train both WWII pilots and astronauts, and now JumpLife has brought its low-impact, high-intensity trampoline workout regimen to NYC. Choose from four signature classes: JumpDance, JumpGym, JumpFusion or, for the little ones, JumpKidz.

Location: JumpLife Studio, 404 Broadway, 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10013  (map)


Punk Rope

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How You’ll Sweat It Out: Punk Rope is a playful cross between recess and boot camp. Make no mistake, the combination of themed workouts, creative calisthenics, fitness games and rope jumping is hard – but it’s also the most fun you’ve had with a rope (outside of the bedroom) in ages. Think of it as your high school PE class, but without the creepy instructor and with a much better soundtrack.

Location: Punk Rope is held at various locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan – visit the website for more details.


Shack Track & Field

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How You’ll Sweat It Out: Everyone knows that the best motivation for exercise is eating afterwards. Enter Shake Shack’s free workout club, Shack Track & Field. Meetings happen monthly for runners and cyclists (oh yeah, and yogis too) who want to work out, then down some brews and burgers. And did we mention the first drink is on Shake Shack after every event?

Location: Shack Track & Field takes place at various locations in Manhattan – visit Facebook for more details.



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How You’ll Sweat It Out: You probably won’t catch waves in the East River any time soon, but thanks to SurfSET there’s another option for hanging ten in NYC. These fun cardio classes use specially designed surf-trainer boards that simulate wave motions while you paddle, balance, and duck-dive your way through moves to improve balance and strengthen core muscles. Totally tubular, dude.

Location: SurfSET classes are held at some Crunch Gym locations and at other locations in NY and NJ – visit the website for more details.


Morning Gloryville

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How You’ll Sweat It Out: Why start your day with coffee when you could start it with a soul-shaking dance, big sexy beats, some love, a hug, and…ok, the coffee too. Morning Gloryville offers all that, plus a superfood smoothie & juice bar and wake-up massage stations. Suddenly, a 6:30am rave seems like the best possible way to wake up.

Location: The next edition will be held at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York , NY 10012  (map)


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Spin classes are ultra trendy right now, but while everyone else is paying a fortune at SoulCycle in hopes of seeing a celebrity, you can check out one of these other, cooler takes on indoor cycling.


Aqua Cycling

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How You’ll Sweat It Out: Yep, this is exactly what you think it is. Cycling. Underwater. Not entirely underwater – you won’t be huffing your way through your workout in scuba gear – but on a bike, in a pool, submerged up to your waist. The benefits include supercharged calorie burn (from pedaling against water resistance), low to no impact on joints, and feeling “blissfully energized” because “the human body contains about 60% water” and “when you cycle in the water, you find yourself.” According to the Aqua Studio website, anyway.

Location: Aqua Studio, 78 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013  (map)


The Monster Cycle + Studio

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How You’ll Sweat It Out: It’s not every day your workout comes with a parental advisory, unless your gym is The Monster Cycle + Studio. The owners call it a “workout destination meets nightclub meets art gallery” and that’s pretty much right, except we would add “meets S&M dungeon” (in a cool way, not a lame Fifty Shades way). Expect leather and studs and straps, plus a huge graffiti mural by NYC-based artist Buff Monster.

Location: The Monster Cycle + Studio, 182 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013  (map)


Phish Spin Class

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How You’ll Sweat It Out: This is also exactly what it sounds like: a butt-kicking spin workout set to the tunes of Phish. In SYNCStudio‘s own words, “Phish’s music is a non-stop, heart pounding, sonic assault on the senses. The energy at the their live shows palpitates from band to crowd in a synchronized chaos of sound and fury. This class harnesses that energy and calls on all who participate to share in the groove and set the resistance knob for the high gear of your souls.”

Location: SYNCStudio, 133 South 2nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249  (map)


YOGA (Flickr)Flickr / Joel Nilsson Nelson

New York City is no stranger to the free yoga phenomenon, but anyone who’s been knows that squeezing yourself between sweaty NYU students and trying not to get kicked in the face isn’t the best way to achieve yogic mastery. Try these more unusual yoga classes instead.


Willkommen Deep House Yoga

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How You’ll Sweat It Out: Even ravers need inner peace. Twice a week, underground dance music mecca Verboten hosts visiting yoga instructors from NYC and beyond for vinyasa flow and other practices backed by the beats of DJs Tasha Blank and George Faya. You’ll be stretching into downward dog surrounded by the club’s kick-ass sound system, trippy video projections, kaleidoscopic lights, and a glittering disco ball. Who knew you could rave and relax at the same time?

Location: Verboten, 54 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249  (map)


Bold & Naked Yoga

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How You’ll Sweat It Out: Totally. Naked. As the name suggests, Chelsea’s Bold & Naked studio hosts yoga classes completely in the buff. What better way to honor and connect with your body than to twist your bare flesh into shapes even a pretzel wouldn’t attempt? If you’re not up for public nudity, Bold & Naked also offers private sessions, yoga life coaching, and something intriguingly called “Tantric Yogassage.”

Location: Bold & Naked, 163 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011  (map)


Metal Yoga @ Cobra Club

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How You’ll Sweat It Out: If you think that pic looks more like a bar than a yoga studio, you’d be right. The Cobra Club does have a dedicated studio room for yoga classes, but it’s also a bar that hosts live bands, burlesque, DJs, and more. The motto is “Yoga for your dark side. Spirits for your soul,” and the class to take is Metal Yoga (yep, that’s yoga set to songs from your favorite head-banging bands).

Location: The Cobra Club, 6 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237  (map)


Indo Yoga Board

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How You’ll Sweat It Out: The Indo Yoga Board takes your practice to the next level by putting it on a surfboard. Well, sort of. It’s actually a specially designed apparatus that replicates the unstable experience of being on the waves – no board, body of water, or perfect weather needed. Ridges on the bottom of the board rock you from side to side, and inflatable cushions can be placed underneath for even more instability, to test your balance and core strength.

Location: Pure Yoga West, 204 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024  (map)


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Those workouts weren’t weird enough for you? Fine. We’ve got a few more ways to get fit in NYC that are even more unique. Master all of these special skills and you’ll be a performer so proficient even Simon Cowell wouldn’t have anything nasty to say.


Hula Hooping

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How You’ll Sweat It Out: Hula hooping: not just for neon bikini-wearing ravers who are high on ‘life’ and ‘music’ (but actually ‘drugs’) anymore. Hula hooping is a full-blown fitness craze, which is awesome because it’s great for toning your abs, improving flexibility, boosting stamina, and reliving happy childhood memories. Plus we know you’re secretly psyched about showing off your moves at EDC, even though you’ll act like it’s lame. Try classes from GrooveHoops or The Art Of Fitness.

Location: GrooveHoops, 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003  (map) / The Art Of Fitness, 3232 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103  (map)



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How You’ll Sweat It Out: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…you trying not to pee your pants as you dive from a dangerously high platform! What do you think this is, Cirque Du Soleil? You’e a long way off from Montreal’s most famous performance export, but you don’t have to be a freakish child prodigy to learn a few moves. Trapeze School New York offers classes in flying trapeze and static trapeze, plus silks, rope, and other circus skills.

Location: TSNY, 353 West Street, New York, NY 10014  (map)



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How You’ll Sweat It Out: They call New York City the urban jungle, so it’s only fitting that your gym be called Brooklyn Zoo. Here you’ll unleash your inner animal in a space filled with graffiti and unique structures like a custom designed steel cage, a trampoline wall, and a foam pit. They made their name teaching the urban art of Parkour, but they also teach classes on trampolining, breakdancing, tumbling, stretching, and martial arts.

Location: Brooklyn Zoo, 230 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (map)



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How You’ll Sweat It Out: A trick from the greatest show on earth could be one of the greatest workouts on earth. Or, just a cool way to impress your drunk friends. Either way. Former Ringling Bros. performer Heather Wolf struck out on her own to found JuggleFit, a juggling based-workout that’s fun, surprisingly easy, and great for people with limited space (ahem, all New Yorkers). You may even be able to catch a free workout when the weather’s nice.

Location: CAP 21, 18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011  (map)


Lightsaber Fighting

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How You’ll Sweat It Out: This might not technically be a workout, but who cares because FRICKIN’ LIGHTSABERS. New York Jedi (yep, that’s a thing) founder Flynn Michael and his fellow instructors, who all have backgrounds in martial arts and film-fight choreography, impart the ways of the Force at two-hour electro-sword classes every Thursday at Ripley Grier Studios. Also, their logo is the Statue of Liberty with a lightsaber. Just sayin’.

Location: Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018  (map)

[Featured Image: John Lawlor]

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