Class Action: Stacy’s Bootcamp in Central Park

Stacy Berman has been pushing Upper West Side residents to their max in Central Park since 1999. We went to find out why her bootcamp has serious staying power.

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Since 1999—before New York City became the land of boutique fitness classes and countless bootcamp variations—Stacy Berman has been pushing Upper West Side residents to their max in Central Park year-round. And she still is.

Berman is a tough chick (During a cold winter, she once used the ice in central park as a sliding surface for core work.), and she was intent on toughening us up as the class progressed.

After some intense cardio consisting of jumping jacks and jogging up a hill and then sprinting down, we moved into all manner of lunges and squats (regular, side, and jump), with stronger participants hoisting gallons of water as weights. There were interminable planks, and then painful crab walks and backward bear crawls (crawling on all fours) up a hill.

And Berman’s manner is reserved and sweet in a way that makes it hard to hate her when she tells you to get lower in your squat as your quads shake. When she said “We’re going to hold forearm plank for four minutes,” and laughed lightly, it sounded like she was inviting us to a party, not assigning a cruel and unusual task. For the record, it was not a party, but I did have fun.

Who’s it for: Those who want their butt kicked, and don’t mind getting their Lulu dirty.

Book it or skip it: Book it.

Stacy’s Bootcamp, Central Park West and 86th Street, $275 for a three classes per week for three weeks,

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