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The Group Fitness Classes That Celebs *Really* Love

Rise Nation

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Celebrity clientele: Ashley Greene, Hilary Duff, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Stone, Ashley Tisdale

There's no denying that whether you're on a stair-climber, high school bleachers, or a mountain, climbing is tough. And that's exactly the premise of Rise Nation, a workout using a vertical step machine that's attracted the likes of Ashley Greene, Hilary Duff, Jennifer Aniston, and Emma Stone. Trainer Jason Walsh created the concept to take the body through a progression of crawling, walking, running, and climbing. Once you reach the climbing stage (the main focus of the 30-minute class), you'll be working both upper- and lower-body muscle groups to keep you upright, all while relying on your own strength—rather than the momentum of a treadmill belt—to stay on pace. The Los Angeles studio offers various levels of the class, from introductory all the way up to advanced, so there's a class for everyone.


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Celebrity clientele: Ashley Graham, Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss, Hailey Baldwin

Model and body-image icon Ashley Graham regularly takes to Instagram to provide a hefty dose of fitspo, and that includes *a lot* of posts at Dogpound in New York City. Graham takes on seriously hardcore workouts that include hammer throwing, resistance band sprints, push-ups, and more. And she's not the only one: Plenty of celebrities—including fellow models Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss, and Hailey Baldwin—flock to the gym that opened last year.

Dogpound offers personal training and group classes that all have one thing in common: Dogpound's signature workout, The Machine Gun, is a rapid-fire, full-body workout that blasts through exercises without any repeats. The gym's website says the class combines yoga, resistance training, boxing, core strength, ballet, and cardiovascular endurance—and you can burn up to 700 calories in one session. Phew. (Curious about boxing? Here's a beginner workout you can do at home.)

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The NW Method

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Celebrity clientele: Kate Hudson, Ellen Pompeo, Martha Hunt, Molly Sims, Mýa, Lo Bosworth, Lais Ribeiro

We know Kate Hudson is a Pilates fiend, but that's not the only workout she does to achieve a strong, sculpted body. Hudson—along with a host of other celebs like Ellen Pompeo and Molly Sims—also gets down with The NW Method created by celebrity fitness trainer Nicole Winhoffer. A dancer who used to train Madonna on the road and teach at the Material Girl's Hard Candy Fitness, Winhoffer created her own 55-minute, high-energy workout that's full of fitness and dance moves. The class, which focuses on three main areas—triceps, waist, and butt—seems like one of those routines that's so fun you kind of forget you're working out. (Seriously, how much *fun* does it look like Kate Hudson is having in this video?)

Though in-person NW Classes are only currently offered in New York City and Los Angeles, Winhoffer has also made her workouts available to the masses through #NWChurch, a streaming version you can access with a monthly subscription.

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Tracy Anderson Method

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Celebrity clientele: Tracee Ellis Ross, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, Michelle Rodriguez, Hilary Rhoda

While Tracy Anderson's workouts could help you lose weight, tone up, or just feel better, Lena Dunham even credited Tracy's approach with helping her curb anxiety. The trainer offers various programs for women, men, and kids, but the core of her method is targeting small muscles rather than focusing on the large muscle groups that typically get the most attention. (Think, lots of reps with very low weight.) And the Tracy Anderson Method workouts aren't the same in every session. Whether you're taking the class in person (they're taught in New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, The Hamptons, and London), popping in a DVD, or streaming a session online, the routines change every 10 days to help ensure you never hit a plateau.


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Celebrity clientele: Lea Michele, Michelle Obama, Ellie Kemper, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Brooke Shields, Katie Holmes

At this point, it's common knowledge that Lea Michele just might be *the* ultimate SoulCycle devotee (and she looks so good doing it), but this indoor cycling class—which has more than 70 locations across the U.S.—has attracted a massive group of A-listers, including Kelly Ripa, Selena Gomez, Ellie Kemper, and more. Even former First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan!

The high-intensity workout is led by just-as-intense instructors who guide you in riding to the beat of the music. Up-tempo songs keep your legs moving during sprints, while tunes with a slower beat mean it's time to crank up the resistance. Each class includes one song's worth of time devoted to toning your arms with small dumbbells, but you'll also bust out several "choreographed" moves that challenge various muscles, including push-ups and crunches on the handlebars, and "tap backs" that require you to engage your core and push your butt to the back of the saddle.

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Gotham Gym

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Celebrity clientele: Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner

New York City's Gotham Gym is famous for bringing celebrities and supermodels—like Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner—into the ring. Trainer Rob Piela opened the company last year, and the classes focus on boxing to get its clients into serious shape. After 45 minutes or an hour of jabs, crosses, and uppercuts, mixed in with jump rope work here and there, it's no wonder these stars look fit AF.

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Body By Simone

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Celebrity clientele: Chrissy Teigen, Taylor Swift, Martha Hunt, Sandra Bullock

Simone De La Rue is responsible for helping sculpt a lot of celebrity bodies, including Chrissy Teigen, Taylor Swift, and Martha Hunt. A dancer trained in classical ballet, she offers a killer lineup of workouts from dance cardio to intense full-body routines and others classes that focus on arms, abs, or booty. There's even a class called Trampoline Cardio. Basically, there's something for everyone, and it all works to help you achieve that strong dancer's physique. If you can't make it to a New York City or Los Angeles location, Body By Simone offers an eight-week transformation program for those looking to make a big change, as well as DVDs and streaming workouts online.

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