IntenSati What: Call it cuckoo, but repeating phrases like "I am strong" or "I am lean" while completing an aerobics sequence is actually effective. There's nothing like chanting at the top of your lungs with complete strangers to get you motivated -- and I'm not being snarky. When I took the class (at 11 a.m. on a Wednesday, mind you), it was packed with so many high-energy people. While I normally balk at any sort of cheesy group participation, the instructor Patricia Moreno was like a down-to-earth cheerleader who inspired us to move to our fullest potential, keeping the class engaged with a set routine of martial arts, aerobics, yoga, and dance. They also offer more specialized classes like "WarriorSati" (martial arts technique), "Soulyogasati (yoga-emphasis), DanceSati and CoreSati.
Where: Select New York Equinox Fitness locations, or IntenSati DVD series
Why: It's a peace-and-love version of cardio kickboxing or boot camp. You will sweat, but you'll leave class with a smile plastered on your face.
Who: Yogis who like to flow, the martial arts-curious, and the self-help/inspirational quote set
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