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Sweat in style with these Violet-approved workouts and studios.

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While we’re firm believers in the power of creams and potions, even the best formulas can take you only so far. Or, put another way, exercise is still essential. Below, our definitive roster of the best Violet Code–approved fitness studios and private session instructors, whether you want to channel your inner ballerina, experience cardio catharsis, or just engage your abs in the chicest of all settings. Your workout awaits...

BALLET BODIES

Los Angeles, CA

Whether you’re looking to refine your technique or stretch out your gams with a ballet-inspired yoga class, this workout delivers a long-and-lean dancer’s physique.

balletbodies.com

RISE NATION

Los Angeles, CA 

This vertical climber machine–based workout is fast and furious—classes are only 30 minutes long, but they work your body from tip to toe, often to the beat of high-tempo music and flashing lights. 

rise-nation.com

AKT

New York, NY/East Hampton, NY/New Canaan, CT

Created by celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser (a Sarah Jessica Parker and Karlie Kloss favorite), AKT incorporates high-energy dance routines with strength-training intervals. Think of it as a dance party that pushes you to your limit.

Aktinmotion.com

PURE YOGA

New York, NY

This serene studio offers 20 types of yoga (including vinyasa, ashtanga, and iyengar, to name a few), whether you prefer a heated practice or desire a little A/C.

pureyoga.com

PILATES BY CINDY 

Los Angeles, CA

Cindy Leos, a former L.A. Lakers dancer and Pussycat Doll, combines Pilates and cardio dance to chisel and sculpt. 

cindyleos.com/#cindy

BODY BY SIMONE

Los Angeles, CA/New York, NY

Classically trained ballerina Simone de La Rue’s studio offers cardio dance, trampoline-focused sessions, and classes targeting the hips, thighs, and butts of bicoastal fashion and beauty insiders.

bodybysimone.com

MODELFIT

 New York, NY 

With a focus on slow, purposeful movements and working smaller muscles, Modelfit (Miranda Kerr, Taylor Hill, and Martha Hunt are fans) is a mix of pilates, yoga, and functional training to create a figure that’s as enviable as the name implies. 

modelfit.com

THE CLASS

Los Angeles, CA/New York, NY

Blending mat-based exercises with vocalizations and motivational mantras, this cathartic workout is designed to tone the body and unwind the mind.

taryntoomey.com

LAUREN ROXBURGH

Los Angeles, CA

As a body alignment, fascia, and movement healer, Lauren Roxburgh uses a foam roller and rebounder to strengthen and lengthen her private clients’ physiques.

laurenroxburgh.com

BARRE BELLE

Los Angeles, CA

This bright West Hollywood studio’s energetic founder, Marnie Alton, channels her dance background and eye for form into barre-inspired workouts. Expect increased flexibility, strength, and muscle tone—no grip socks required. 

labarrebelle.com

PHYSIQUE 57

New York, NY/Los Angeles, CA/Bridgehampton, NY/Dubai

Promising results after eight (consistent) classes, Physique 57’s cardio barre-based concept revolves around engaging one’s muscles past the point of fatigue (their recipe for quick change), then stretching them for a longer, leaner frame. It works. 

physique57.com

SOULCYCLE

New York/California/Connecticut/
New Jersey/Massachusetts/Florida/Illinois/Maryland/Pennsylvania/Texas

The indoor cycling studio has gained a cultlike following for its choreography—forty-five minutes in all—that moves to the beat of its energetic instructor’s playlists (think everything from Madonna to the soundtrack from Hamilton).

soul-cycle.com

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