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Best Zen Bootcamp

  • Circuit of Change

    57 W. 16th St., nr. Sixth Ave., fourth fl.; 212-255-0053

    Now that boot camps are a dime a dozen, a “Drop and give me twenty!” hardly has the impact it once did. Plus, wanting to get in shape quickly doesn’t mean the drill-sergeant-as-instructor approach is necessarily your bag. For those craving a mental cleansing as much as a physical one, Brian Delmonico’s class, which he debuted at his Union Square studio in the fall, is an unbeatable sweat-producing, pound-melting, multi-sport workout, without all the shouting and screaming. Classes begin with breathing sequences and Vinyasa postures, followed by heart-­racing cardio (running, jumping, dancing), ab exercises, and kickboxing. While the hourlong classes are certainly exhausting, Delmonico’s playful, light-handed leadership feels refreshing, never overbearing.

From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine