Best Pilates Class
33 Bleecker 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.
177 Duane Street
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?