Time Out NY Dec 30 - Jan 12 2011 Issue
Sports & Fitness
Get Arms like Michelle Obama's - Airopes at Smart Workout
Airopes at Smart Workout
124 E 40th St between Park and Lexington Aves, suite 603 (212-661-1660, smartworkout.net).
Monthly memberships start at $145, initiation fee $325. Free pass (available online) provides three free small group classes.
Length: 45 minutes
Type of activity: cardio and resistance
The workout: Smart Workout’s space is airy, bright, and thumping with Top 40 and classic pop hits—a fitting setup for a playful class. Airopes are like jump ropes—but without the ropes. Instead, you grab two handles with a small ball attached to each by a cord. Twirling those balls in the air with a motion of the wrist works arm muscles, shoulders and back; reversing direction gives the opposing muscles a turn. After mastering that, you add figure eights to your repertoire, along with side steps, skips and squats to raise your heart rate and target the entire body. You only put down the “ropes” to do curls, tricep presses and other traditional free-weight moves during your cooldown; the end of class brings an abs jolt. Because classes are limited to five people (members make reservations), you can’t cheat. But the instructor is sweet and motivating, leaving no time for wondering whether jumping rope was this hard as a kid.
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Fitness classes for arms - Sports & Fitness - Time Out New York