Raise your heart rate: Valentine’s Day workouts (for couples and singles) you’ll love

This month, the fitness scene is filled with partner yoga-Thai massage workshops to classes that let you express dating rage via an Everlast bag.
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Whether you’re spending February 14 with a Valentine or cursing your ex(es), endorphins really can’t hurt. Plus, you’ll need to burn off the chocolate—a food that caters nicely to those on either side of the  romance-focused holiday.

So, we rounded up all of the Valentine’s Day workouts that are happening around the city this week.

You’ll notice an overabundance of partner yoga workshops that involve Thai massage as well as (possibly therapeutic) classes that involve taking out your dating rage on an Everlast bag at Crunch to learning dance moves at Bari that would effectively “seduce Justin Timberlake.”

Happy heart day!


Tough Love: Bars, Bands, & Blindfolds Bootcamp at New York Sports Club
This 50 Shades of Grey-inspired high-intensity interval training class is designed to “build stamina, strengthen your core, heat up your senses, and get your heart racing.” It includes blindfolded plyometrics (careful!) and binding your ankles with resistance bands. Thursdays in February beginning February 7, 5:15 p.m., Park and 59th  Street location, Free for members and non-members, www.mysportsclubs.com

Valentine’s Restorative with Mary Aranas at Pure Yoga
You can de-stress together as a couple, or, this two-hour yoga restorative class with relaxing poses, scents, and music sounds like it would be perfect for a brokenhearted soul. Saturday, February 16, 4:30–6:30 p.m., $50 members, $55 non-members, www.pureyoga.com

SoulCycle celebrates couples that ride together! (Photo: SoulCycle’s blog)


Acroyoga Cuddle-Licious Valentine’s Playshop at Om Factory
This two-hour partner yoga session promises to include “copious amounts of time for cuddling.” February 14, 7:00-9:30 p.m., $75 per couple, www.omfactorynyc.com

Couples Date Night Ride at SoulCycle
For commuters: Sweat with soul alongside your sweetheart at Soul’s Greenwich, Roslyn, and Scarsdale locations at 7:30 p.m. For city dwellers with dinner-date plans, head to the East 63rd Street studio at 10:30 a.m. for free blowouts and manicures provided by Fix Beauty Bar. Thursday, February 14, $34 for class, blowouts are free, www.soul-cycle.com

Cupid’s Challenge at Barry’s Bootcamp
The couple that works out together the most during the month of February wins a $250 gift certificate to The General. February, Register at the front desk, www.barrysbootcamp.com

Partner Massage at Reflections Yoga
Learn the gift that keeps on giving. Paula Tursi will be teaching couples Swedish and Thai massage techniques that you can use for years to come. Friday, February 15, 6:00-8:30 p.m., $75/couple online, $85 walk-in, www.reflectionsyoga.com

Partner Yoga Workshop at Yoga Works
Popular instructor Susan “Lip” Orem helps you share your energy with your partner, breathing together and mirroring poses. Friday, February 8, 6:00-8:30 p.m., $35, day of $45, www.yogaworks.com

Partner Yoga: You and the Universe! at Yoga Union
Renowned instructor Alison West leads you through asanas, breath, and meditation that helps you explore the relationship between you and “all things.” Saturday, February 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m., $40, www.yogaunion.com

Thai Yoga Partner Massage at The Yoga Room
This couples yoga class is like a spa visit: it involves massage, acupressure, twisting, stretching, and meditation. Saturday, February 9, 3:00-5:30 p.m., $40 per person before February 7, $45 thereafter, www.the-yoga-room.com

The Three Vs: Valentine’s Day, Vanessa, Virayoga at Virayoga
This one is for you whether you have a date or not: Spend the evening in a practice about love and deep listening with Vanessa Spina. Four words: There will be chocolate. Thursday, February 14, 5:30-7:00 p.m., $20, www.virayoga.com

Valentine’s Partner Massage at Laughing Lotus
Employ your date as your personal masseuse at Laughing Lotus, where Thai massage therapists Brandi and Justin will be teaching massage techniques. Friday, February 15, 7:00-9:30 p.m., $80 per couple, www.nyc.laughinglotus.com

Valentine’s Partner Yoga Workshop at Yogamaya
You and your honey will deepen your relationship with each other “in a creative way,” via poses that require touch, trust, and support. Friday, February 15th, 7:00-9:00 p.m., $45 per duo, www.yogamayanewyork.com

Crunch Ex Factor
The Ex Factor at Crunch: You’ll be able to kick harder when your ex’s face is on the mitt.


Achy Breaky Heart Ride
Embrace your single self with sweat and inspiration at SoulCycle’s new Noho studio. We just hope the name is for fun, and they’re not going to literally play that song. Thursday, February 14, 7:30 p.m., $34, Noho location, www.soul-cycle.com

BariFLIRT at Bari Studio
This sexy dance class will teach you moves meant to be used while donning lacy lingerie (and you’ll look good wearing it, too). Read: “You’re moving with the intent of seducing Justin Timberlake.” Four sessions in February—dates and times here, $40, www.thebaristudio.com

Detox your Valentine’s Day at Brooklyn Bodyburn
This for-charity party includes a sneak peek, and workout demos, at Williamsburg’s new Megaformer studio, Brooklyn Bodyburn. Urban Detox Club is providing smoothie shots, and you can also expect Prosecco, raw desserts, and swag bags. Thursday, February 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation, www.urbandetoxclub.com

The Ex Factor at Crunch
Crunch invites the broken-hearted to bring in a picture of an exasperating ex to tape on a mitt. The photo will motivate you to punch harder in the kickboxing-boxing class. Thursday, February 14, 7:00 p.m., Free for members and non-members, 59th Street location, www.crunch.com

Trooper Fitness Valentine’s Speed Date Workout
Prince Brathwaite will lead you through a singles-only version of his tough, motivational boot camp that has you speed dating while squatting. The class will be all partner-based exercises, and you’ll switch partners for each. Oh, and you won’t have to only communicate via grunts and groans—there will be time for chatting, too. Sunday, February 8, 11:00-12:00 a.m., $20, Email info@trooperfitness.com for details and to RSVP.

Yoga for the Single Girl at Bend & Bloom
All the single ladies…put your hands up, then swan dive out. Trade dating stories of woe and use your yoga practice to gain confidence and clarity in this popular workshop taught by Daniella Rosales-Friedman. Saturday, February 16, 4:00-6:00 p.m., $35 in advance, $40 day of, www.bendandbloom.com

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