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.

By Ashley Ross and Alyssa Vingan

April 13, 2012 11:30 AM
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Courtesy of ModelFIT

ModelFIT

What is ModelFit? It's the group fitness answer to personal trainer Justin Gelband's main gig — helping supermodels get into tip-top shape (seriously: his client list includes half of the Victoria's Secret Angels). "It’s about letting people understand what they are, who they are, how they can work their own bodies," Gelband explained. "We want to get the best body we can for you."

What does it do? Justin builds programs for his clients based on their body types, and in the group setting, no two students are given the same exercise during the rotation. His main objective is to strengthen each individual's weak areas by using slow, deliberate movements to let the sensories in your brain connect to the rest of your body. This attention to targeting problem areas is what helps to tone the muscles and achieve a lean look.

How does it feel?  The careful movements that cover every major muscle group will have your core and limbs trembling during class, but without too much soreness in the days that follow.

How can you get the workout at home? Gelband swears by stretching — especially using resistance bands — as well as using light weights and your own body weight as resistance. Keeping in line with his "it's all about you" philosophy, he suggests that students pick out a cardio workout  that they like to do — and that they'll commit to doing. "Get an exercise video, go for a walk with your friends, or find a class nearby your house that makes you feel good about yourself inside," Gelband advises. 

For rates and more information, visit www.modelfit.com.

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