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Best Exercise Class
Speed at Equinox
897 Broadway
Near 19th street
212-780-9300

14 Wall St., at Nassau
212-964-6688

521 Fifth Ave., at 43rd St. and Madison
212-972-8000

420 Lexington Ave., at 44th St
212-953-2499

1633 Broadway, at 50th St
212-541-7000

250 E. 54th St., near 2nd Ave.
212-277-5400

140 E. 63rd St., near Lexington
212-750-4900

344 Amsterdam Avenue, near 76th St
212-721-4200

205 E 85th St., near 3rd Ave.
212-439-8500

2465 Broadway, at 92nd St.
212-799-1818


Even if Sun Salutations have become your morning ritual, or you’ve found a new religion in Pilates, there’s nothing wrong with a little old-school calorie burn in the name of cross-training. Speed, an intense cardio workout developed by Equinox trainer Joe Dorr, begins with participants jogging the perimeter of the classroom to pounding hip-hop, followed by a series of running intervals that incorporate full-on sprints, side-to-side shuffles, and harder-than-it-looks back-pedaling at full throttle. According to Dorr’s calculations, of which there are many—he recommends using a heart monitor and a stopwatch—there are 300 to 500 changes of direction in the course of the hour. “Every stop and start feels like you’re doing a squat; every time you change direction it’s like a leg press,” he notes. Even the most sluggish Speed students will burn between 800 and 1,200 calories. Warns Dorr, “There’s no hiding in the back of the class.”
 
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