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Best of New York Beauty 2003

Best Slow Weights Class

  • Inform Fitness

    201 East 56th Street, 212-755-9895

    There has never been a workout trend more suited to the time-challenged but exacting New Yorker. The theory behind slow weight training is that one hour a week gets you better results than six sweaty sessions at the gym; slow-weighters do only one set of reps, each one lasting an agonizingly long twenty seconds to insure muscles, not momentum, are doing the work. Adam Zickerman, president of Inform Fitness Studio and one of the technique’s pioneers, has set up a slow-weight mecca in midtown filled with customized Nautilus machines. Zickerman’s 20-to-30-minute workouts cover the entire body, and the increase in muscle mass from just one session a week rivals the effect of hours of cardio, he says—regulars like Barbara Walters, Andrew McCarthy, and Art Cooper swear by it. One-hour consultations are free; sessions range from $75 to $125 depending on the trainer.

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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).