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Best of New York Beauty 2004

Best Fusion Class

  • Liquidstrength at Crunch

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    When dancer–trainer–marathon runner–martial artist–yoga instructor Elizabeth Story had twins three years ago, she didn’t have much time to hit the gym. So in the name of efficiency, she set about creating a workout that’s as multi-faceted as she is. LiquidStrength begins in “home” position—a kind of squat—then proceeds to a glute-burning series of squat extensions performed with a set of dumbbells in hand. Other moves simulate firing a bow and arrow, speed-skating, and using a quarterstaff to block an opponent’s imaginary sword, all set to driving beats from African chants to acid jazz. Leave your vintage kicks at home: The class is done in bare feet, says Story, “to keep you rooted.”

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