Don’t be surprised if your significant other gets you a gift card for classes at 305 Fitness this holiday season.
The three-year-old fitness concept that brought Miami flair to New York City’s dance cardio scene and opened its first permanent home just a year ago has lots of big news this week—including a new Midtown studio, and two new classes: 305 Sculpt…and Yoga 4 Better Sex.
What you need to know: The new studio will open on January 1, on East 33rd Street at Madison Avenue. Like the original, it’s a storefront with ground and lower levels, with two studios featuring DJ Booths, sprung wood floors, and tricked-out lighting and audio systems (a la da club). There will also be a lounge and full-service locker rooms.
Meanwhile, the new classes will only be offered at the original studio in Greenwich Village, starting on December 1. Founder Sadie Kurzban says she decided to add them to the line-up because of how well they’ll complement the high-impact, high-energy cardio already on the schedule. “Sculpt increases muscular endurance and strength, which is what we need to help balance out so much cardio (and prevent injury!),” she says. “Yoga helps increase flexibility and mindfulness, the perfect class when our muscles are heated after 55 minutes of cardio.”
Kurzban created Sculpt, a 45-minute, low-impact, rhythmic strength-training class that will utilize light weights and resistance bands, and she brought in yoga teacher (and Sonima editor) Shira Atkins to help develop the yoga class.
Of course, it wouldn’t be 305’s style to offer a slow-flow yoga class filled with Om-chanting. “305 is all about embracing the thrill,” Kurzban says. “We’ve created Yoga 4 Better Sex because it has the same loud, intense, sexy energy of a 305 class and it has a rhythmic flow…like dancing, on the mat. Plus, this class focuses on hip-opening postures and poses that develop the root, sacral, and heart chakras. It helps awaken your sexuality, confidence, openness, and feelings of security.” Hey, that might even help you loosen up during the booty-shaking portion of 305’s dance classes, too. —Lisa Elaine Held
If you’re scared of dance cardio (not to mention sexy yoga…), check out Kurzban’s tips to master your first class, even if rhythm is not your strong suit.