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Five Fitness Studios That Are Taking March Madness Very Seriously

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Tomorrow begins an intense four days where all of the basketball is played, also known as March Madness. The hype surrounding the men's NCAA college basketball tournament has inspired some of our local fitness studios to get in on the action, whether it's a bracket-style tournament or basketball-themed classes. See below for where you can get in on the action (and potentially win some big prizes, too).


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Grab a partner ASAP to join the cycling studio's four-week challenge series, running now through April 12th. Your team must compete each week's challenge to qualify for the following one, and each team that advances to the next round will receive a prize. Send an email to with the names and email addresses of your team members (along with a team name!) to receive this week's challenge, which must be completed by Sunday the 22nd.


Even though their March Madness tournament—a nationwide showdown to see which studio pedals the hardest—is already underway, you can help the New York City studios who've made it to the second round advance to the championship. Take any 45-minute cycling class at either the Tribeca or East 60th studio this Saturday, March 21st to put forth your best power score (calculated by your speed and resistance levels throughout the class). The studio with the higher average power score from all participants that day will move on to the next round over their competitor—Tribeca's going head-to-head with Old Town, IL, while East 60th is facing Boca Raton, FL.

The studio that ultimately wins the tournament will get a celebration party on Sunday, April 12th. Plus, if you compete in the rest of the challenge days (every Saturday through April 4th, plus Sunday the 5th), you'll get a customized tee-shirt or tank top acknowledging your participation.


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The Fhitting Room

The HIIT studio's challenge to take at least one class with several combinations of instructors kicked off at the beginning of the month, but you can still squeeze in plenty of sessions before the April 6th deadline. A ten-class prize pack (worth $320) will be given to the participant who takes all the instructor combinations at either the Flatiron or Upper East Side studio first, as well as the participant who takes the most classes taught by what they're dubbing as their "FhitPros." Email if you're accepting this challenge.


While the studio chain that's home to the Megaformer doesn't having any in-class specials going on, they're giving away a ten-pack of classes (that's a $360 value) to the highest-scoring bracket in their CBS Sports team. Just create an account, search for the SLT team, and use the passworld sltnyc123 to make your bracket.

Tone House

On Saturday, April 4th—Final Four Day—every class that Tone House hosts will have a basketball theme to it. Sign up is now available for all six of that day's classes, so be sure to reserve a spot before space runs out. And like SLT, they're doing a CBS Sports bracket competition too, giving away a free class and a Tone House hat (use the password Team).