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15 Boutique Fitness Classes You Can Do at Home

The Tracy Anderson Method

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Tracy Anderson, the celeb trainer responsible for keeping the bodies of superstars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Ritchie, and Shakira in tip-top shape, has finally made her notorious training method available to the masses with her 90-day Metamorphosis by Tracy program ($87.97 for the 4-DVD program; The plan promises to “transform your body, defy your genetics, and create the body that you never thought possible,” just like she and her team of instructors do with private clients at her New York and LA studios.

What to expect: The challenging 90-day plan includes Anderson's trademark “muscular structure” work (which looks so much easier than it truly is!), a dance cardio component, and an eating plan.

You'll need: A yoga mat, 3-pound hand weights, and a commitment to a 90-day program.

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Physique 57

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With chic studios in New York City, the Hamptons, and Los Angeles, this barre- and Pilates-inspired “interval overload” technique promises visible results in as few as eight sessions—which is why fit celebs like Kelly Ripa, Stacy Keibler, and Emmy Rossum are such big fans. The Physique 57: Classic 57-Minute Workout DVD($24.95; is designed for every fitness level and is the perfect introduction to the technique.

What to expect: You'll learn all of the primary Physique 57 positions while challenging every major muscle group—arms, thighs, butt, and abs—with a lot of repetitions and a lot of plies.

You'll need: A Physique 57 exercise ball (or similar small, squishy ball), a waist-high sturdy chair,, a cushion or thick towel, and a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells.

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Barry's Bootcamp

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Celebs like Kim Kardashian, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Biel, Katie Holmes, and Jake Gyllenhaal flock to Barry's Bootcamp to get a killer workout in a fun, party-like atmosphere. But if the class dubbed "Hollywood's secret weapon" hasn't made it to your hometown yet, you can still burn serious calories at home with Barry’s Bootcamp Extreme: 1000 Calorie Workout DVD ($9.99;

What to expect: A challenging 45-minute workout that combines 10 of Barry's favorite fat-blasters. You'll do 100 reps of each exercise, but Barry keeps you inspired and entertained while you chase the burn.

You'll need: Resistance bands and a workout bench (a box or step will do).

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Body By Simone

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Body By Simone is the creation of former professional dancer Simone De La Rue, the blonde, perky, and incredibly fit Australian instructor whose NYC studio has attracted a large following of women seeking the “perfect dancer’s body” (Sandra Bullock, Naomi Watts, and Karolina Kurkova are all fans). With the recent launch of Body By Simone TV ($29.99 per month;, it's easy to fit in a fun, customized workout in your own home, on your own schedule.

What to expect: An online monthly subscription gets you unlimited access to La Rue's signature dance cardio classes and sculpting workouts that incorporate mini trampolines, jump rope, and Pilates moves. The content is constantly updated so your body, along with your brain, won't get sick and tired of the same routines!

You'll need: Many of the workouts don't require any equipment at all, but you might need a min tramp, jump rope, or playground ball.

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Fusion Fitness

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Self-proclaimed as “one of the most challenging workouts ever,” Fusion Fitness classes have taken the Midwest by storm. Offering more than 30 sessions a week, the studio's schedule includes classes like Tabata and Toning (cardio intervals with total-body toning moves mixed in), Bikini Bootcamp (plyometrics, kickboxing, and toning moves), and Fusion Mix (yoga, Pilates, and barre exercises done at hyper-speed). Women are flocking to their Kansas City locations to become “fusionistas,” and now you can get your "dream body" too with their new online classes and DVD set ($129.99 for 5 DVD set, online classes start at $10;

What to expect: A lot of variety, and a lot of butt-kicking. The Dream Body DVD series offers five unique workouts that range from 45 to 60 minutes in length and burn up to 700 calories each. You might do a ballet-meets-badass barre workout one day and then 40 minutes of nonstop jumping, lunging, and punching during Bikini Bootcamp the next.

You'll need: Stability ball, playground ball, resistance band, weights, and paper plates.

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The latest Hollywood workout craze, PopPhysique has locations all over California and is now expanding into Florida and Maryland too. Created by a former professional ballet dancer and Pilates instructor, the workout fuses elements of ballet, Pilates, and light weight work into a “methodical series of strengthening, isometrics, core shaping, and luxuriating stretches.” With the PopPhysique DVD Program ($14.99 each or $29.95 for all 3;, you'll get access to the popular workouts currently only available at studios.

What to expect: The three-DVD set offers at-home versions of their most popular classes, including Original Butt (a special series of moves designed to sculpt your glutes, thighs, and abs), Hardcore (a total-body toning workout with extra emphasis on core strength), and Cardio Butt School (this derriere-focused DVD boosts the speed of basic dance principals to deliver a complete cardio workout).

You'll need: A mat, a sturdy chair, and light hand weights.

Click here to see a clip from the DVD.


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Developed by former champion boxer Michael Olajide, Jr., co-founder of Aerospace High Performance Center in New York City and personal trainer for Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima and Doutzen Kroes, Aerobox is a custom training method that uses boxing and specialized sculpting moves to melt fat and build endurance, power, speed, focus, and coordination. And that's exactly what you'll do at home with Olajide's new 4-DVD series AEROBOX®: The System of Sleek ($59.99;

What to expect: Rapid-fire punch sequences combined with intervals of jump rope and upper- and lower-body toning drills are the basis of the set's seven different workouts. Extras include a seven-day jump-start program, simple nutrition plan, and a tape measure to track your progress.

You'll need: A jump rope.

Core Fusion

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Developed by fitness industry veterans Elizabeth Halfpapp and Fred Devito, the legendary Core Fusion classes are offered at Exhale Spas across the country. If you're not lucky enough to live near an Exhale location, their trademark DVDs (starting at $14.99; are the next best thing for staying in top form.

What to expect: A set of 10- to 15-minute workouts that completely exhaust your muscles with plenty of pulses, plies, and core exercises. You can choose from a variety of titles, including Body Sculpt, Pure Abs and Arms, and Thighs and Glutes.

You'll need: It depends on the DVD, but common equipment includes small hand weights, resistance bands, a playground ball, and a mat.

Click here to see a clip from the DVD.

Kettlebell Kickboxing

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Based on the wildly popular New York City classes of the same name (SMASH star Megan Hilty is a big fan), Kettlebell Kickboxing: Scorcher Series ($59.95 for the 4-DVD set; combines the power and strength of martial arts and kettlebell training for a dynamic, explosive workout that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour. Created by certified trainer and martial arts expert Dasha Libin Anderson, this intense workout program uses a kettlebell (or dumbbell) to help slim, define, and sculpt your entire body.

What to expect: The 4-DVD set includes a total of 10 complete workouts, ranging from 35 to 60 minutes in length, as well as a clean eating booklet. For best results, Anderson recommends doing the program three days a week.

You'll need: A kettlebell or dumbbell (5 to 20 pounds, depending on your fitness level).

Click here to see a clip of the DVD.

The A.R.T. Method

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A.R.T. (Active Resistance Training) was created by celebrity trainer Terri Walsh and focuses on what she calls the “four active resistance points” of the body. Every session at her boutique New York City studio is more than simply a class, it’s a practice, Walsh says. Each workout begins with a 10-minute “fitness-Vinyasa” to help participants find and engage those specific active resistance points and then goes into a blend of toning exercises performed with tools like a chair, yoga blocks, and hand weights. The ART Method Mat Workout 1 DVD ($14.99; is the signature introduction of Terri Walsh's unique "fitness-practice."

What to expect: Two head-to-toe workouts on one 90-minute DVD. Just like ART Studio classes, you'll start with a 10-minute "fitness vinyasa" to find, engage, and maintain your active resistance points and then do mat work combinations that target every woman's trouble zones. You'll also get a 6-week training program and meal guidelines.

You'll need: Yoga blocks (optional).

Click here to see a clip from the DVD.

Bar Method

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Barre classes are all the rage right now, but this particular method is based on a technique that's been around for more than 50 years. Every one-hour Bar Method class integrates the fat-burning format of interval training, the muscle-shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body. There are more than 65 official Bar Method studios across the nation, and countless unofficial home studios equipped with one (or more) of the seven different Bar Method DVDs. Our fave is the Super Sculpting Workout ($20;

What to expect: You'll definitely feel the burn in your thighs and butt after completing this super-targeted workout. The moves may seem subtle (one-inch lifts or squeezing a ball between your knees), but they deliver fast results.

You'll need: A pair of 2- to 4-pound dumbbells, yoga strap, small playground ball, and a sturdy chair.

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BUTI Fitness

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If yoga and hip-hop had a baby, it would be BUTI! A super sexy fusion of plyometrics, yoga poses, and booty-shaking cardio moves, BUTI classes range from 60 to 90 minutes in length and are offered at studio locations across the nation. But you can get the full BUTI experience at home with the complete Join the Revolution DVD Box Set ($49.99;

What to expect: A complete 30-day workout schedule to help you progress at your own pace. The three-DVD set includes a 25-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute “Tone” workout and three targeted “Sculpt” classes—upper body, lower body, and abs. Quick guides for grocery shopping and meal planning are also included.

You'll need: Just your body!

Click here to see a clip from BUTI Basics.

Xtend Barre

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With locations worldwide (there are studios in the US, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Brazil, Singapore, and Indonesia), Xtend Barre is a powerhouse in the world of barre studio franchises. Created by former professional dancer Andrea Rogers (she’s toured with Enrique Iglesias and Aaron Carter), in-studio classes and the Xtend Barre: Lean and Chiseled DVD ($16.99;, fuse together the best ballet- and Pilates-inspired sculpting moves done at a cardio pace.

What to expect: The program is divided into three segments, allowing you to customize your workout each day—all designed to help you sculpt a strong, lean physique.

You'll need: A set of light dumbbells and a sturdy chair.

Click here to see a clip of the DVD.


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Celebrity fitness trainer Michelle Dozois, owner of the high-end So-Cal boutique health club Breakthru Fitness, developed PeakFit, a group fitness program that uses a special metabolic circuit training formula to maximize fat loss. The eight-week programs helps participants get in the best shape of their lives graduates often lose up to 30 pounds) and are consistently sold-out, which is why Dozois teamed with Nautilus, Inc. to bring the body-transforming, high-intensity interval training program into your home with a 10-DVD set ($89.85;

What to expect: The program comes with 10 amazing workouts that range from fat-blasting cardio intervals to dynamic flexibility training. You'll also get a complete nutrition guide, resistance bands, workout calendar, and tape measure.

You'll need: Nothing! Everything is included.

Click here to see a clip of the program.


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If you're a dancer at heart (or just want to move and look like one), then you’ll want to check out this series from world-renowned dancer, choreographer, and Dancing With the Stars fan favorite Louis Van Amstel. Featuring dance styles like Cha Cha, Disco, and Jive, Amstel’s high-energy dance fitness classes are currently offered at Crunch Gyms across the nation. But you don't need a membership (or A-list status) to reap the body-transforming benefits that these fun classes offer. Master the moves at home (and burn some major calories) with the LaBlast DVD series ($14.99 per DVD, $49.99 for the 5-DVD set;

What to expect: The first three DVDs in the series are solely dance based and designed to help you blast fat while refining your dance skills with simple choreography. Levels four and five, Twist 'N Burn and Blast a Move, incorporate free weights for additional muscle toning.

You'll need: Light hand weights.

Click here to see a clip from the series.