Willspace in Harper's Bazaar: Better Pilates Body

Better Pilates Body

If you’ve resolved that this is the year you’re going to keep that New Year’s resolution and drop a few pounds, we’ve got several options to suit varying degrees of tolerance for hard work and deprivation.


Enroll in Boot Camp or boxing classes - For those who want to fully embrace an around-the-clock weeklong diet, fitness, and wellness getaway, consider the Ranch at Live Oak/Malibu (theranchmalibu.com). Picture a five-star luxury resort meets summer camp - but with extremely structured diet and exercise. Expect 5:30am wake-up calls, followed by five-hour mountainon a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet. (Don’t worry, a daily massage is included, and you’ll sleep on Frette sheets.) Be prepared to head home a few pounds lighter and with clear direction on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Rally Your Friends - Instead of meeting your girlfriends for after-work drinks, sign up together for a total-body workout. For the beginner: If you’re always coveted surfer abs but aren’t much a beach lover, a good option is SurfSet (surfsetfitness.com), a 45-minute surf-inspired workout that focuses on stability, core strength, and aerobic conditioning. Anticipate sore muscles (and a few laughs) as you try to balance on an unstable, custom-made board. For best results, go three times a week for added energy and tone. Calories burned: 450 to 800 per class.


For the intermediate: Raise the Bar is a 90-minute class that combines cardio and strength training with core pilates and moves from boxing classes like kick-boxing and jujitsu, and can help you drop two to four pounds in nine days. “This class is for someone who is serious about getting in shape and who loves working out,” says Will Torres, creator of the New York personal training studio Willspace, where the class is held. For best results, go twice a week. Calories burned: 700 to 900 per class.