Breaking a Spirit-y Sweat

One of my favorite things to do in NYC is to check out new fitness classes. I get to edit the Body section of Dance Spirit (including Health, Nutrition, Mind and Fitness stories), so not only do I get to break a solid sweat, but it’s also technically considered research for my job! Two birds, one…water bottle?

This week, I was pumped to try the newest hot class in the city—Body Conceptions by Mahri—and I dragged fellow DS editors Michael and Rachel with me! (They’re still a little bit mad at me…something about being “OMG so sore, I hate you!!!”)

After class, rocking that post-sweat glow. (From left: Rachel, Michael, me, my friend Erica and Mahri)

But we had a blast working out together, and I wholeheartedly recommend Mahri’s class. Here’s why:

This is Mahri. I mean...come on. Someone get this girl a billboard. Photo by Deborah Kessler.

  • Um, Mahri is gorgeous. Like the kind of the kind of pretty you can’t look at directly or you’ll burn your retinas from all the hotness.
  • But you can’t hate her—she’s probably the nicest person I’ve ever taken class with. So she’s basically perfect. I’m still awaiting her response about my request to “please teach me everything you know about being beautiful and sweet.”
  • The class is ideal for dancers. You start with some simple stretching to get warm, followed by 15 minutes of cardio. Think lots of jumping jacks and fun side-to-side, forward-and-back dance moves. Next, you get into the strength training portion of class. We used 2-lb. weights (don’t underestimate the power of tiny dumbbells!) to do lots of small movements and pulsing. Then we moved into lower-body stuff, like lunges and curtsy-squats, and my legs were visibly shaking. Then I was excited because we got to “come down onto the mat,” but that didn’t mean we got any sort of break. Instead, we did some ab work (my favorite) and bum exercises, which were killer. Finally, we wrapped up class with some return-to-high-energy dancing in the dark (yup, really).

Mahri's "yelling" is really just very sweet encouragement. That's me in the back, looking...kind of rough. Photo by Deborah Kessler.

So go check it out. You’ll love Mahri and I promise you’ll feel the burn. Remember: stronger body, stronger dancer.

Mahri’s classes take place at the Dance New Amsterdam studios and your first class is only $20.

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