SLT: Strengthen Lengthen Tone What: According to founder Amanda Freeman, SLT is like the "Type A-version of Pilates" -- a combination of Pilates, yoga, and cardio on a Megaformer (think: souped up Pilates' Reformer). SLT is the latest impossible-to-get-into class, probably because it's also one of the hardest workouts on offer in the city. Class is intimate -- each one maxes out at 10 spots (creating even more demand) -- so you get plenty of personal attention. The instructor takes you through a 50-minute series of choreographed movements, and you do them all while balancing on the platform of the Megaformer. You're constantly using your core to maintain your balance, and exercises are designed to exhaust certain muscle groups. (Think: 15 minutes of non-stop abs.) That's what makes SLT special: it takes fitness moves you know well, and it makes them absurdly challenging.
Where: Studio in New York (If you're looking for a similar super-reformer class, check out Wundabar in Los Angeles)
Why: You'll increase your heart rate and sculpt lean muscles without getting sweat-drenched like you would in a spin class.
Who: Pilates-lovers in need of a challenge, barre devotees, women who are afraid of weights but want muscle definition, and perfectionists
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