Summer is coming and warmer days call for workouts to achieve that beach-ready body. But this is New York, life is insanely busy, and sometimes squeezing in a 90- or even 55-minute class feels impossible. Here are five 30-minute classes that allow New Yorkers to fit fitness into even the most packed schedules.
Yes, Firestarter lives up to its name. Bursting with non-stop intervals, this HIIT class gets your heart thumping out of your chest by using your body weight, a step bench, and fast-paced intervals. It’s only 30 minutes long, but it packs the punch of a much longer work out. You’ll sweat up a storm, but luckily Equinox offers top-notch amenities so you can shower and get back to your day. Multiple locations
Mile High Run Club takes indoor running to the next level with its swanky treadmill studio. The setting, which includes club music and cool lighting, pumps runners up to push themselves faster. Dirty 30 started in 2016, and students absolutely love it. This short run is 2-3 miles long, but with a mix of sprints and hills, it’s sure to keep your metabolism ‘running’ on high throughout the day. 28 E. Fourth St.; 24 W. 25th St.; 212-466-6472
Okay, so this meditation class isn’t exactly ‘working out’... in fact you’ll barely move your body at all. But taking care of your brain is just as important as taking care of your body. And some don’t have the time (or the patience) to sit in silence for 60 minutes. This soothing class teaches relaxation, stillness, and self-awareness. You’ll be recharged in just half an hour, and ready to handle whatever the rest of your hectic Manhattan day has in store. 204 W. 77th St., 212-877-2025; 203 E. 86th St., 212-360-1888
Barre classes are a trend that never left. Inspired by classical ballet, this workout spices up the traditional, focusing on strengthening, toning, and core building. This 30-minute class takes place at New York Health and Racquet Club’s midtown locations. Stop by for just half an hour as your legs swing en avant! 60 W. 23rd St. 212-989-2300; 18 E. 50th St. 212-593-1500; 132 E. 45th St. 212-986-3100
It’s hard to find dance classes that fit a short time frame. But luckily, in the fall, Dance Body is starting a new lunchtime class on weekdays for those who want to get their groove on midday. Multiple locations