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Class Action: SpringTONE at Real Pilates


Alycea Ungaro's long been known as a Pilates trail-blazer with books and DVDs to her credit, but her signature class SpringTONE could well be her defining legacy.

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Alycea Ungaro created SpringTONE as a concentrated way to pack all the hardest Pilates exercises into a delightfully grueling 45-minute class. (Several times a week a 60-minute version is offered).

Ungaro’s a big fan of resistance training as a way to turbo-charge your metabolism, so the class takes place entirely on the Pilates Tower where tightly coiled springs make lifting dumbbells feel like child’s play.

The fast-paced class is super engaging; my mind never wandered because she fatigued a muscle group then quickly moved on to the next. As opposed to some of the mega-reformer classes that practically require an engineering degree to adjust the machine, this was easy to learn so I didn’t waste time futzing with the rigging in between exercises.

The class hit both major and accessory muscles, and definitely delivered on muscle confusion. The next morning, I had sore obliques and lats. Currently the class is only offered at Real Pilates in Tribeca, but Ungaro has been approached to train instructors at other facilities. Look for it at a gym near you in the not too distant future. —Alexia Brue

Who’s it good for? Barre buffs who want to mix things up; runners and spinners look for some fun resistance training.

Book it or Skip it: Book it.

Real Pilates, 177 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013, 212-625-0777, www.RealPilates.com