- Plank Pilates Studio
187 Chrystie St., nr. Rivington St.; 212-260-2501
Though founder Joseph Pilates was said to be a tough guy, Pilates has over the years taken on a ladies’-club reputation. Professional chef Matthew Wadiak, who opened Plank Pilates last spring, has created the toning workout’s safest space for the Y chromosome. The studio’s aesthetic, for one, with original stone walls and reclaimed lumber, is clean and simple, the instruction is straightforward as opposed to touchy-feely, and tunes from guys’ guys like Counting Crows play in the background during sessions. Group classes start at a reasonable $25 and private sessions at $65, while amenities like hot aromatherapy towels and an ample-size lounge maintain a sense of luxe that even the dudes can appreciate.
Pilates for Guys
From the 2012 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).