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Class Action: Buti Fitness at Crunch


Fitness classes follow fashion. The city’s gyms and studios constantly launch new “It” classes. In Class Action we dish on what we’re trying, or what we really want to. And please tell us what classes you’re excited about in the Comments section, below!

Bizzie Gold
Bizzie Gold is the creator of Buti Fitness (Photo: Felicity Murphy)

Buti is pronounced just like booty. And it’s your first clue to what this workout is about.

The method, which was founded by Bizzie Gold and is based in LA, is currently offered in California, Colorado, and Hawaii, and it’s making its New York debut this September at Crunch.

We attended a preview class with Gold herself, who, in a string bikini, introduced us to its butt-shaking sequences set to club music.

Buti is advertised as a “high-intensity workout that fuses yoga and dance with circuits of plyometrics and conditioning.” It actually consists of standard yoga sequences with lots of bump ‘n grind thrown in. So, once in plank pose or warrior II, you gyrate your hips. When in chair pose, you shake it like a Polaroid picture. There were a few high-energy cardio dance spurts where I started to have a lot of fun, but they ended too soon to get my heart rate up.

Gold is a talented dancer, but the class felt way too focused on her own sweet moves. She never grooved her way around the room to encourage or correct students, and the routine was too all over the place to constitute a great workout.

On the way out, I watched a middle-aged man linger behind in order to tell Gold how much he loved the class. “I didn’t know the human body could do that,” he said, his eyes wide. “I’ll definitely be coming back.” I’m sure he will. But the serious fitness types? We’ll see. —Lisa Elaine Held

Who’s it for: Booty shakers or those who want to be. SoCal and Miami expats?

Book it or skip it: Skip it.

Classes will appear on the Crunch’s September schedule, www.crunch.com