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 Circuit of Change

Circuit of Change Mind Body Bootcamp

What is Mind Body Bootcamp? A class created by Manhattan’s Circuit of Change founder Brian Delmonico that incorporates yoga, meditation, and interval training like boxing, kick-boxing, and plyometrics. The motto of the bootcamp is “Personal Growth Inspired by Movement.”

What does it do? The class prevents athletes from hitting a fitness plateau by keeping the muscles from memorizing moves. Delmonico focuses on pranayama ujjayi, a deep breathing technique through the nose, that helps athletes relax throughout the class and during meditation.

How does it feel? At first it feels like a pleasant yoga class with occasional bursts of exercise, but the intensity shocks your muscles with kicks, punches, running and ab exercises that leave you sweating, sore, and dying to come back.

How can you get the workout at home? Take five minutes of silent meditation sitting up with a straight spine before moving to downward dog for ten breaths. Then take a set of standing jumps for thirty seconds, transitioning onto your back for 30 seconds of bicycle crunches where the knee touches the opposite elbow.

For pricing options and more information, visit circuitofchange.com.

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