33 Bleecker Street
177 Duane Street
Though re:AB ($20 mat class, $75 private) is co-owned by model Michele Hicks, this top-notch Pilates studio fosters a surprisingly un-modely atmosphere. Sure, the locker rooms are sprinkled with Mario Badescu skin products (at least in the ones marked "Goddesses" and "Divas"), but there is no attitude and no intimidation factor. Instead, people of all experience levels and body types are welcomed with open, well-muscled arms into this sparkling-clean haven of health. You'll find a similarly laid-back vibe, albeit in a much larger space, at Tribeca Bodyworks ($20 mat class, $67.60 private). But just because there are no drill -- sergeants and few snoots at these studios, don't think you won't leave aching, exhausted, and that much closer to a body you can disrobe with glee. Everywhere you look you'll see people smiling through their sweat -- or are those tears?
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