Deepak Chopra’s personal yoga instructor, Tara Stiles, will teach you to stretch, flex, unwind, and, yes, even do yoga in a taxi.
Strala Yoga, 632 Broadway, between Houston and Bleecker Streets (917-488-7195 or stralayoga.com).
Perennially upbeat trainer/certified USA Boxing coach Teresa Scott teaches ladies to tear it up in the ring. Start with four one-hour sessions to knock out basic techniques, hits (jabs, hooks, uppercuts), and safety.
Choose from 46 classes ranging from basic beginner to Hot Ki Power Vinyasa. The newest barre program, Figure 4, combines dance, Pilates, yoga, and free weights to target problem areas.
Pure Yoga, 204 West 77th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue (212-877-2025); 208 East 86th Street, between Second and Third Avenues (212-360-1888 or pureyoga.com).
Small specialty Pilates classes stretch your muscles, not your wallet. Try the Heart & Soul workout to improve your form and rhythm.
Re:Ab Studio, 33 Bleecker Street, between Bowery and Lafayette Street, suite 2c (212-420-9111 or reabnyc.com).
Sometimes it takes more than motivation, time, and willpower to get in shape. It takes balls. Specifically, six- and ten-inchers that you roll under, over, and around. That’s the gist of the Body Rolling classes at airy, calming, and generally lovely Yamuna in the West Village.
Yamuna, 132 Perry Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets (212-633-2143 oryamunastudio.com).
The San Fran cult favorite launches its first NYC studio with 55-minute Pilates and barre classes.
Spirits bloom under the studio’s Lotus Flow yoga method. With sessions scheduled until midnight, there’s no excuse for you to be a wallflower.
Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, 59 West 19th Street, at Sixth Avenue (212-414-2903 or nyc.laughinglotus.com).
Get lean with dance cardio or Pilates. The Body Ballet class works to strengthen and tone muscles while improving posture. Nervous about shakin’ it in front of a bunch of strangers? Schedule a private (jazz, tap, hip-hop) session.
The spin studio now has a bikeless class on its schedule. At FlyBarre, offered at the Flatiron location, you will dance, train, lift, meditate, and walk away not knowing exactly what just happened.
Flywheel, 39 West 21st Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (212-242-9433 or flywheelsports.com).
Work it all out in the Bari Class, which combines cardio, resistance training, and muscle-sculpting exercises.
Bari Studio, 23 Leonard Street, between Varick and Hudson Streets (212-966-2274 or thebaristudio.com).
Leave it to Crunch Fitness to create a class around Kangoo Jumps, the rebound exercise shoes that feel like miniature trampolines. The sneakers help with everything from improved posture to joint protection (less jarring on the knees) to a harder overall workout. Just try not to fall.
You’ve always had a thing for marines. Now learn what’s behind all that strength and stamina. Warrior Fitness Boot Camp takes you through traditional military drills (jumping jacks, push-ups, obstacle courses) and teaches you to become one with your fellow exercise soldiers.
This light and airy Pilates studio on the LES has five top-of-the-line towers and small, affordable classes. Grab a jar of chilled cucumber and lemon water upon arrival and a eucalyptus towel after your workout.
Plank Pilates Studio, 187 Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Stanton Streets (212-260-2501 or plankpilates.com).
Using medicine balls, you’ll work every teensy-weensy muscle in your body. Your challenge is to continue moving, keep the beat (yes, there’s music), and maintain proper form. Once you’ve gotten the hang of the regimen — bam — a new technique is thrown your way.
Maximize your workout and fatigue your body by standing on vibrating plates as you crunch, press, and squat during a 20- to 30-minute session at Station Fitness.
Station Fitness, 237 West 15th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues (212-683-7869 or stationfitness.com).
Fun, one-hour core fusion yoga classes aim to make you sweat. Stop by the spa to get a Lift Facial, which stimulates protein production, builds collagen, counteracts sagging jowls, improves lymphatic drainage, reduces eye puffiness, and enhances muscle tone. Whew.
Fifty-seven minutes of rigorous isometrics get you sweating. Playful taunts and high-energy tunes keep you motivated while you perform pulsating bends at the ballet barre.
Physique 57, 161 Sixth Avenue, at Spring Street (212-463-0570 or physique57.com).
Novices and competitive bike racers form the friendliest peloton in town as they spin away more than 600 calories in intense (but fun) 45-, 60-, and 90-minute classes.
Cycle Bar, 274 Fifth Avenue, between Garfield Place and First Street, Park Slope (718-499-7433 or cycle-bar.com).
Health guru Amanda Freeman’s studio is the first in NYC to use Sebastien Lagree’s resistance machines and method (responsible for all those L.A. hard bodies). Beware the mermaid crunch; you’ll be sore for days.
SLT, 37 West 57th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, suite 703 (212-355-1737 or sltnyc.com).
Friends who’ve run away with the circus recommend Heather Hammond’s beginner aerial silks classes to give you great abs and a new perspective.
Classes are held at Embody Language Studio, 241 Bedford Avenue, studio 7, between North 3rd and 4th Streets, Williamsburg; Hype Gym, 480 Second Avenue, at 27th Street (917-280-2611 or heliummm.com).
For a $20-a-month membership, we bet you’d travel from anywhere in the city to this clean, ecofriendly, no-frills Noho gym.
Former middleweight champion Michael Olajide Jr. skips through crossovers, double turns, and one-leg and slow-motion jumps (plus hand-weight exercises and lunges) in his classes. Rumor has it you can burn up to 1,200 calories in just one heart-racing session.
Aerospace, 332 West 13th Street, between Gansevoort and West 4th Streets (212-929-1640 or aerospacenyc.com).
We frequent this mega-gym (twenty locations in NYC) for exhausting-but-worth-it classes: ViPR (Vitality, Performance, and Reconditioning), Barre Burn (ballet moves with core training), and Deep Extreme (cardio with a serious yoga element).