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Ten Boutique Fitness Workouts That Rival Climbing Mount Everest

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Stepping up your fitness game now that spring is here? Take your workout up a notch or five with these studio classes that promise to leave you breathless in the moment and sore the next day, even if you're well-versed in the art of the HIIT (high-intensity interval training, that is). From kettlebell swinging on the Upper East Side to sled-pushing in Midwood, see the city's top spots for pushing yourself to your fitness limit. Next stop: the Nepalese mountaintops.

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1. Concrete Fitness

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Take a long ride on the F train to experience the twin-owned gym's signature workout, the 50-minute Concrete HIIT. Back-to-back circuits with plyometric box jumps and sled pushes will feel like a walk in the park compared to a five-minute wall-sit with an instructor doing pushups on your thighs. [Photo: Driely S.]

2. Barry's Bootcamp TriBeCa

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Barry's was one of the first to bring hardcore, military-style workouts to the mainstream, and classes at their original NYC studio in Tribeca are still knockout-worthy for newbies and seasoned vets alike. Go for a full body session to equally distribute the pain work among all your limbs. [Photo: David Joseph Photography]

3. UFC Gym

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This Soho location of the nationwide chain gym (membership required) is just your average fitness center with cardio machines, free weights, flatscreens...oh, and rows upon rows of punching bags next to a caged fighting ring. Sign up for any of their boxing group classes to go one-on-one with the black bag (since it won't hit you back) and set upper body muscles that you didn't even know you had on fire. [Photo]

4. CityRow

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Get your feet wet in a Fundamentals session, take a couple signature classes to follow, and then dive right into CityRow X, the rowing studio's hardcore class that boils down to "more sprints, more reps, more weight, [and] more sweat," according to their site. You'll never think of rowing as easy again once you get through these timed sprints. [Photo]

5. Tone House

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When a class's ten-minute warmup section has you sweating bullets, you know you're in for a muscle-scorcher. But just wait for coaches like co-founder Alonzo Wilson to pull out "toys" with nicknames like The Core Crusher and the Intimidator, or strap you into a bungee harness attached to the wall—that's when the real "fun" begins. [Photo]

6. Orangetheory Fitness

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The newest workout to hit Chelsea combines all your favorite (or maybe least-favorite) fitness activities: the treadmill, the rower, and plyometrics—TRX included. Like in Drill Fitness, every participant wears a heart rate monitor that, while theoretically is meant to keep you in the ideal "orange" zone, also holds you accountable to everyone else in the class. [Photo: Orangetheory Fitness]

7. Throwback Fitness

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A studio in which the trainers don coordinated tube socks and the walls feature posters from the likes of Top Gun and Saved by the Bell might not look intimidating at first glance, but just wait until class begins: Competitive rowing and games like dodgeball and fit club are much more tiring than you think. [Photo: Throwback Fitness]

8. Exhale Central Park South

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Force yourself to pass over barre and yoga options and lace up for Exhale's first class that actually requires a sturdy pair of sneakers. You'll run through a five-station circuit several times to hit all the muscle groups, but be sure to reserve some energy for a ab-blasting session in the class's final minutes. [Photo]

9. The Fhitting Room

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Combine kettlebells, hurdles, TRX, burpees, and squats to get a full-body workout that'll literally leave you glued to the floor at the end of your last set. Every class is taught by a pair of instructors, so don't think you'll be able to cheat here with sloppy form. [Photo: Lindsay May/The Fhitting Room]

10. Drill Fitness

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While the Tribeca studio that opened in the fall offers several indoor cycling classes, skip the bikes and sign up for Drill Body HIIT, as long as you're okay with the potential of drowning in your own sweat. The studio relies on heart rate-monitoring technology that's displayed for everyone to see, so there's no chance of cheating your way through a Tabata drill here. [Photo]

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1. Concrete Fitness

447 Avenue P Brooklyn, NY 11223
Take a long ride on the F train to experience the twin-owned gym's signature workout, the 50-minute Concrete HIIT. Back-to-back circuits with plyometric box jumps and sled pushes will feel like a walk in the park compared to a five-minute wall-sit with an instructor doing pushups on your thighs. [Photo: Driely S.]

2. Barry's Bootcamp TriBeCa

1 York St New York, NY 10013
Barry's was one of the first to bring hardcore, military-style workouts to the mainstream, and classes at their original NYC studio in Tribeca are still knockout-worthy for newbies and seasoned vets alike. Go for a full body session to equally distribute the pain work among all your limbs. [Photo: David Joseph Photography]

3. UFC Gym

277 Canal St New York, NY 10013
This Soho location of the nationwide chain gym (membership required) is just your average fitness center with cardio machines, free weights, flatscreens...oh, and rows upon rows of punching bags next to a caged fighting ring. Sign up for any of their boxing group classes to go one-on-one with the black bag (since it won't hit you back) and set upper body muscles that you didn't even know you had on fire. [Photo]

4. CityRow

80 Fifth Ave New York, NY 10011
Get your feet wet in a Fundamentals session, take a couple signature classes to follow, and then dive right into CityRow X, the rowing studio's hardcore class that boils down to "more sprints, more reps, more weight, [and] more sweat," according to their site. You'll never think of rowing as easy again once you get through these timed sprints. [Photo]

5. Tone House

20 E 17th St New York, NY 10003
When a class's ten-minute warmup section has you sweating bullets, you know you're in for a muscle-scorcher. But just wait for coaches like co-founder Alonzo Wilson to pull out "toys" with nicknames like The Core Crusher and the Intimidator, or strap you into a bungee harness attached to the wall—that's when the real "fun" begins. [Photo]

6. Orangetheory Fitness

124 W 23rd St New York, NY 10011
The newest workout to hit Chelsea combines all your favorite (or maybe least-favorite) fitness activities: the treadmill, the rower, and plyometrics—TRX included. Like in Drill Fitness, every participant wears a heart rate monitor that, while theoretically is meant to keep you in the ideal "orange" zone, also holds you accountable to everyone else in the class. [Photo: Orangetheory Fitness]

7. Throwback Fitness

303 Fifth Ave New York, NY 10016
A studio in which the trainers don coordinated tube socks and the walls feature posters from the likes of Top Gun and Saved by the Bell might not look intimidating at first glance, but just wait until class begins: Competitive rowing and games like dodgeball and fit club are much more tiring than you think. [Photo: Throwback Fitness]

8. Exhale Central Park South

150 Central Park S New York, NY 10019
Force yourself to pass over barre and yoga options and lace up for Exhale's first class that actually requires a sturdy pair of sneakers. You'll run through a five-station circuit several times to hit all the muscle groups, but be sure to reserve some energy for a ab-blasting session in the class's final minutes. [Photo]

9. The Fhitting Room

1166 Lexington Ave New York, NY 10075
Combine kettlebells, hurdles, TRX, burpees, and squats to get a full-body workout that'll literally leave you glued to the floor at the end of your last set. Every class is taught by a pair of instructors, so don't think you'll be able to cheat here with sloppy form. [Photo: Lindsay May/The Fhitting Room]

10. Drill Fitness

136 Church St New York, NY 10007
While the Tribeca studio that opened in the fall offers several indoor cycling classes, skip the bikes and sign up for Drill Body HIIT, as long as you're okay with the potential of drowning in your own sweat. The studio relies on heart rate-monitoring technology that's displayed for everyone to see, so there's no chance of cheating your way through a Tabata drill here. [Photo]