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 Indoorance

Indoorance Rowing

What is Indoorance Rowing? Founded by Mike Creamer, it's a total-body indoor rowing workout with an added interactive aspect that gives students immediate feedback and tracks their progress. If you need more motivation you can row against a pace boat, with a friend, or even row live online with other rowers around the world. 

What does it do? The rhythmic motion of rowing works the entire body — the legs, back, arms, and core are all involved which makes it a high calorie burner, as well as a great cardiovascular workout. Plus, the virtual reality-type technology adds a unique element of fun.

How does it feel? The rowing machine is special in that it's completely self-powered — your effort determines the resistance. It's very smooth and impact-free, but don't be fooled: you'll be winded before you know it. Also, be prepared to feel soreness in your arms and through your back the day after your session.

How can you get the workout at home? Creamer suggests you try squats to simulate the alternating compression and extension of the legs and hips involved in rowing. Stand up straight with your feet hip-width apart. Raise your arms straight up to shoulder-level and keep them raised as you slowly sit back into a squat position where your thighs are parallel to the floor. You can also sit onto a low box or chair. Pull your arms down as you return to the standing position and repeat for 20 reps.

For more information, visit www.indoorance.com.

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