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This genre, which mixes body sculpting with flexibility, strength training, balance work, and cardio, has suddenly become ubiquitous, but Exhale’s Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito have been preaching and teaching the fusion philosophy for twenty years. Their hourlong class moves from upper-body weight work to thigh and “seat” work at the barre, which leaves most students shaking and gasping for breath. Each bit of muscle building is followed by a stretch so the muscles formed are long and lean, not short and bulky. And there’s twenty minutes of solid core work at the end to make sure your abs are burning, too.
Best Fusion Class
From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).