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I can’t speak for everyone but since I’ve begun working out on a regular basis, I’ve found that success only comes when I am enjoying the sweat. That’s why jogs before work, gym memberships and at-home workouts have never and will never keep me in shape. I get bored, I fiddle with Spotify, I quit before I’ve even heated up. So when I find a new way to stay skinny that I actually find fun…I feel like I have to talk about it a lot. Welcome to my new obsession: WundaBar Pilates.


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Before you joined a Little League team or were picked last for dodgeball in gym class, you probably learned the fundamentals of stretching. Which, when you're a kid, mostly amounts to half-heartedly touching your toes a few times before running around like a maniac. 

Stretching pre- and post-exercise really does improve physical performance and helps prevent injury... but only if you're doing it right. To help you get the most out of this essential practice, personal trainers shared what makes them wince in the flexibility department, and what you should be doing instead.


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The first thing you should know is that if you’re chuckling to yourself while thinking “I wonder what WundaBar is,” you’re saying it wrong.

Pronounced “woondabar,” the popular, growing West Coast Pilates workout just arrived in New York City, with a street-level studio in Soho, where its patented WundaFormer machines will definitely elicit that reaction as people spot them through the glass storefront.

The machine and its accompanying workout are the creation of Amy Jordan, a Pilates instructor who wanted to solve for how much space all of the different apparatuses took up at her studio and the time it took to transition from one to another.

So, she designed one device that included the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Jumpboard, and a ballet barre, a “Swiss Army Knife of Pilates machines,” she says. “We marry intensity with the integrity of traditional Pilates.”


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Grab a natural deodorant, 2016 is shaping up to be a seriously sweaty year in New York City. Soon, Brooklyn cult favorite The DogPound will arrive in Manhattan, while Shadowbox will reverse-commute its way to Brooklyn. Tone House will move to a giant new space, and Barry’s Bootcamp will finally open uptown.


But hold up. Before their doors even open, we’ve got these 17 (yes, 17!) new spots for pull ups and pulsing. This crop of studios all opened (or will open) in December 2015 and January 2016 ALONE (with a few small exceptions on timeline), leaving Gotham dwellers with few reasons to reneg on your fitness resolutions.


Check out these 17 new workout spots made for the new year (and listed in alphabetical order) now. Scoff at the idea of January gym crowds later.
—Lisa Elaine Held


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Pilates trainer to many a Disney Channel star, Amy Jordan just opened her first East Coast WundaBar studio (21 Thompson St.), where a reformer, ballet barre, jump bar, and chair system combine in the all-in-one WundaFormer.


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