NYC’s Most Intense Core Workouts for Defined Abs

New Yorkers love a good workout—there’s no denying it. Through yoga studios, indoor pools, countless gyms, stationary cycling studios and more, this fitness obsession manifests itself all over the island and creates health-crazed phenomena. With summer in full swing and bikini season upon us, the fitness focus has turned to core workouts—because who isn’t looking to rock a teeny bikini or swim trunks? Haute Living has picked out five of Manhattan’s most intense and results-driven core workouts to help you get your best summer abs yet.


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121 West 27th Street
(212) 929-1640

Ever looked at a Victoria’s Secret model’s body with envy and wonder (ahem, Adriana Lima)? Well, the secret to their unbelievable bodies is out and it’s a former champion boxer named Michael Olajide, owner of Aerospace. Burn hundreds of calories and flatten your stomach while you rub elbows with models and celebrities alike. Enjoy the luxury spa afterwards and relax your mind, body and spirit.

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Ballet Beautiful
Live online classes and streaming

What do Miranda Kerr, Lauren Santo-Domingo, Zoe Kravitz and Doutzen Kroes have in common? They all swear by the elegant, graceful and effective body sculpting from Ballet Beautiful’s online classes and DVDs. Strengthen your core, improve your posture and increase your flexibility with Mary Helen Bowers‘ ballet phenomenon, right from the comfort of your own home.

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Model FIT
212 Bowery Street, 2nd Floor
(212) 219-2044

As their motto states, it’s about being model fit, not model thin. Run by Justin Gelbrand, the reason behind prominent Sports Illustrated models and Victoria’s Secret Angels, Model FIT focuses on healthy living and especially targets the core through its intense, high-powered workouts.

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SoHo, Midtown, Hamptons (Coming Soon: Upper East Side and Flatiron)
(212) 355-1737

SLT (Strengthen, Lengthen, Tone) is exactly what its motto says: “if cardio, strength training and pilates had a baby.” Only for the toughest and bravest, SLT secures lean, toned bodies with rock-hard abs. And conveniently offers a Hamptons location, for those who want squeeze in some last-minute workouts before hitting the beach.

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Core Fitness
12 East 86th Street
(917) 293-9241

Head over to the Upper East Side for specifically targeted ab workouts at Core Fitness. Offering nutrition plans and one-on-one personal training, Core Fitness provides the ultimate system to banish belly fat and keep your body bikini body ready all year long.