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5 Up-and-Coming Fitness Studios

If You Like Barre Classes…

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...Try barre3
These classes take the typical small movements and isometric holds of most ballet barre classes and add larger range of motion exercises to rev your heart rate, plus some of the spirit-soothing energy of yoga. The first studio opened its doors six years ago in Portland, OR, and since then, the company's expanded to more than 75 locations around the nation and abroad. You can also try the moves at home with 10- to 60-minute online routines or even shorter sessions (10 minutes or less) on the barre3 app ($5;

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If You Like Bootcamp…

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...Try Orangetheory Fitness
Get moving in one of 124 Orangetheory Fitness studios (located in 28 states!) to feel the burn. You’ll blast through high-intensity intervals using treadmills, rowing machines, TRX, and free weights. The classes focus on upping your EPOC, or post-exercise oxygen consumption, to keep the fat frying even after you're done sweating. If you kick it into high gear (the trainers will have you strap on a heart-rate monitor to track your performance and ensure you work your hardest), you can burn an average of 500 to 1,000 calories per session—including calories torched during class and the afterburn from your revved metabolism.

If You Like Group Spinning...

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...Try The Handle Bar
With two outposts in Beantown, (one in South Boston, one near Fenway Park), The Handle Bar indoor group-cycling classes take place in a dim room with colored light effects and pumped-up playlists. As you sweat through a 45-minute or hour-long session, to ramp up your regular Spinning routine to become “a dance party on the bike.”

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If You Like Zumba...

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...Try Doonya
Blast up to 800 calories an hour with this cheeky Middle Eastern sister of your beloved Latin-dance workout. The Power Cardio and Abs class at this New York City studio is a favorite; it combines 20 minutes of upbeat Bollywood steps, aimed at getting your heart rate soaring, with 15 minutes of abs work—to strengthen your tummy and teach you how to stabilize your core to help you move through energetic choreographed dances.

If You Like to Mix It Up...

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...Try Fusion Fitness
This studio, with two locations around the Kansas City area (and a third opening soon), offers a fun roundup of classes featuring your favorite aspects of workouts from Pilates to HIIT. The super-popular Fusion Mix option keeps your muscles guessing by mashing up barre with a blast of bodyweight cardio moves (think mountain climbers and burpee variations) in a non-stop hour-long flow. The studios also offer classes mixing isometric toning barre moves with kickboxing or high-intensity Tabata sequences.


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