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The Lower East Side’s Plank Pilates is total gem of a downtown studio. The tiny space is full of exposed stone, brick, and weathered wood—and a winding staircase brings you down into the cozy grotto of a lobby, where you can pick up your ball jar of lemon-cucumber water before class.
But the quaintly hip atmosphere doesn’t mean that class won’t kick your butt.
The studio’s signature Plank 360 class mixes Pilates-style toning with cardio spurts and strengthening moves. So, along with the teaser and ab roll-ups, you’ll do jumping jacks, squat jumps, and lunges.
Expect to use spring handles attached to the tower to work your biceps, triceps, and back muscles, and a butt- and thigh-toning sequence on the mat a la Core Fusion. Oh, and of course, the studio’s eponymous move: Planks, and lots of ’em.
With only five people in a class, personal attention abounds. And the studio exudes a genuine sense of community that seemed to motivate students during tough moments, and provide fodder for lounging and chatting afterward.
Who’s it for: Pilates gals who want to up their cardio. Those who like a serving of aesthetics with their athletics. People who like the feeling and community of one-off neighborhood boutique studios.
Book it or skip it: Book it.
$30, Plank Pilates, 187 Chrystie St. (between Rivington and Stanton), Lower East Side, www.plankpilates.com