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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    SoulCycle

    What is SoulCycle? It's a full-body spinning workout, but what really sets it apart is its community aspect, as well as its unique spiritual component. Then, there are the playlists. According to Danny Kopel — one of MC's personal favorite instructors — the way each class' soundtrack is put together and choreographed is almost an art. "SoulCycle is emotional and spiritual," Kopel explains. "When you leave, you feel like you've been taken on a journey."

    What does it do? Aside from being an excellent cardiovascular workout, riders are challenged to push themselves by increasing the bike's resistance and working from the core — namely the obliques and abdominals — to protect the joints. Each class also features an unexpected arm series with light weights and push-ups on the bike, designed to develop long, lean muscles.

    How does it feel? SoulCycle has built a reputation for having a cult-like following, and for good reason — it truly is as fun as they say. First-timers will notice their glutes and hamstrings tiring out (read: burning) a couple of songs into the 45 minute class, but the encouragement from the talented instructors and killer music make it much easier to keep going.

    How can you get the workout at home? Kopel suggests that whether you have access to a spin bike or a treadmill, put together a playlist of music that speaks to you and moves you — it will help you to power through the workout. Also, try to incorporate light weights if you can.

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

    Courtesy of SoulCycle
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