The Best of Boutique Fitness

If you're looking to get in shape for spring, look no further: We've rounded up — and tested out — the best boutique workouts around. These are the classes you need to try right now.

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April 13, 2012 11:30 AM
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Chaise 23

What is Chaise 23? Fusing together a background of aerobics from the '80s, Pilates, and Olympic lifting, this method takes place entirely on a chair that’s equipped with a bungee system and resistance pedal. The workout was created by Lauren Piskin, who discovered the chair 11 years ago and has been modifying the workout ever since. A bungee system overhead combined with plyometrics lifts the heart rate while simultaneously working the muscles.  

What does it do? The tresses from overhead with the bungee system (that come in light, medium, and heavy) will give you sculpted arms that are far from bulky. The cardio and core exercises work toward a leaner look.

How does it feel? You’ll be sweating after, but for seasoned athletes, the soreness stops there.

How can you get the workout at home? Take a bench or a chair and do legwork with a resistance band on a hook or anything tied to the ceiling. Engage the core for leg lifts in the front and sides as well as adductors and abductor leg moves.

Classes start at $30. For more information, visit www.chaise23.com.