Lifting weights sucks—as do most other fitness-related activities. It is the considered opinion of this magazine that the finest way to spend two hours by yourself is at a bar, in the afternoon, with a book. However, insofar as the finer things in life—food, sex, art—are worth pursuing, it helps to be alive, even mobile, while doing so. And so we have prepared for you a brief guide to some “exercising” you might do to forestall death, diverting activities that, even though you’re enjoying yourself, might actually be good for you.
(Illustrations Mike Force)
Crunch, 691 Fulton St, Fort Greene
Cost: Gym membership required
Calories burned per hour: 420
Sweat level: Considerable
Soreness the following day: Low
You know those 90s dance moves you keep in your back pocket for wedding receptions and office parties? Well, you can certainly whip them out at Fly Girls. This class sees you sweat through pretty much all the routines from the first season of In Living Color, with a soundtrack to match. Fly Girls is a lot more fun than an aerobics class but with approximately the same level of exertion. Bedazzled sports bras welcome.