Here’s the thing: Summer may be drawing to an end, but there are still three glorious weeks of bikini season left to go. This means there are plenty of reasons to stay motivated when it comes to stretching, toning, and shaping your limbs through Labor Day weekend—and beyond. After all, the same full-body workouts that streamline your waist or sculpt your butt in a neoprene micro-maillot will be just as helpful when breaking out your new fall denim. For the kind of intense workouts and smart choreography that lead to a shape-shifting transformation, beeline for a comprehensive fitness studio that will help you realize a beach body all year round.
New York City
Pedal hard at this one-year-old Chelsea indoor cycling studio because a series of cameras is recording all of your moves. Heart rates start racing once you log into your account to track your progress—you can view everything from calories burned to resistance and optimum energy output. If competition is your thing, you can elect to watch your fellow riders on a digital leaderboard. There’s motivation here in spades.
Anna Kaiser, the go-to woman behind Sarah Jessica Parker’s sculpted frame, leads 60- or 90-minute dance-based cardio workouts that include a variety of moves taken from yoga, dance choreography, strength training, and plyometrics. Her newest introduction is AKTread, a treadmill-based class including such trademark motions as lateral shuffling and aerial jumps that will leave your limbs pleasantly shaking.
Tracy Anderson Studio
Anderson’s newest studio, opened with business partner Gwyneth Paltrow, includes her signature muscular structure classes, as well as dance cardio sessions. Anderson focuses on sculpting smaller “accessory” muscles—and avoiding the overuse of major muscle groups that can add bulk—with routines that change every ten days. Private training and video-streaming subscriptions make Tracy’s workouts an anytime, anywhere affair.
Megaformers—custom resistance reformers with flexibility for cardio moves—combine aspects of weight training and Pilates. The strengthening and toning workout set to serious beats during these 45-minute classes is an intense calorie burner that combines challenging moves usually performed separately to address every muscle group in under an hour.
Repeated pliés and planks elongate limbs and lift posture at this barre-based body studio. Bodies become more limber with low-impact isometric movements using body weight for resistance. Proper spinal alignment and placement is an added bonus. Because standing tall looks good on everyone.
Altus Sports Institute
Sports medicine doctors, therapists, and trainers at this next-level sports institute work with both Olympians and weekend warriors to create unique detailed workouts and nutritional plans. For those trying to get back to racing form quickly, Altus trainers offer Intensives—concentrated programs tailored to produce visible results—in everything from summer paddle-boarding to winter ski preps.
Body by Simone
Simone De La Rue’s dance-centric heart-pumping cardio workout is designed to create a fluid body with lean muscle and a flat stomach—everyday essentials for clients like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Unique choreography aside, De La Rue is also a firm believer in an elementary school playground staple: jumping rope.
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