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Best Gimmicky Workout

  • Crunch

    1109 Second Ave., 212-758-3434

    Stiletto Strength
    During the last fifteen minutes of this class, students replace their sneakers with high heels and stride with fierce Naomi Campbell attitude across the floor, then end in a Rockettes-style kick line. But before they can have the fun, there’s 30 minutes of intense, dance-based leg-toning session, all addressed to the specific problems of habitual high-heel wearers. There are quad-burning pliés, reverse lunges, and heel relevés to sculpt calf muscles and strengthen weak ankles, and Pilates moves (core work, back extensions) to help strengthen out-of-whack back muscles.

From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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