Class Action: New York Sports Club’s Lighten Up

New York Sports Club's new class promises to beat winter blues via cardio, pop music, and bright-light therapy. It's also free and open to non-members.

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Lighten Up

Lighten Up at New York Sports Club
We got a sneak peek at NYSC’s newest limited-edition class, which launches on Monday, January 23. It promises to chase away the winter blues via cardio, pop music, and bright-light therapy.

The first half gets your heart rate up with a dance workout—think high-knees, choreographed lunges, and modified jumping jacks—to the tune of positive pop like Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”

Then, you sit (and lie) in front of a light box while instructor Martica Heaner leads you through stretching and visualization exercises—like picturing yourself filling with light on a sunny Caribbean beach.

It’s not butt-kicking, but I did work up a sweat and left in a good mood. Not sure whether that was a result of the fun concept, or the artificial sunlight. —Lisa Elaine Held

Who’s it good for? Anyone in a winter workout rut. It won’t cure a serious case of SAD (you’d need to do it much more often), but it’s a fun way to add a little pep to your step while the days are cold and gray.

Book it or skip it? Book it. (It’s free and open to non-members!)

When’s it held? Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m., 151 E. 86th St. at Lexington Ave.

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