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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Refine Method

What is Refine Method? Metabolic resistance training — a traditional form of resistance work using enough resistance and smart pacing to get your heart and lungs working while also strengthening your muscles.

What does it do? Using a pully system, glides, kettlebells, and body weight, the system trains the entire body with different circuits, working in patterns so that muscles won’t get over-developed.

How does it feel? Refine has the passion of a boot camp with a touch of lightness so that near the end of each circuit — when you’re just about to give up — you find yourself switching.

How can you get the workout at home? Start with a stationary lunge for 30 to 40 seconds per leg, alternating with 30 seconds worth of pushups. If you find you can only get through one or two pushups, hold your plank. Start with one set, working your way up to three.

Classes start at $32. For more information and studio locations, visit www.refinemethod.com.