Even I could channel my inner Anna Pavlova during Ballet Bungee with Chaise Fitness. That’s because this ballet-inspired workout is approachable, quick and, most importantly, fun. Were my arm movements fluid and awe-inspiring? No. But they were purposeful, and my pliés were powerful, and ten minutes in, I was sweating the way only a good workout can make you sweat.
Created by real-life ballerina Rachel Piskin, the fitness routine uses an overhead bungee system to sculpt arms and legs while building core strength. It’s a full-body workout that creates an open posture, lean upper muscles and long, sculpted legs and glutes.
Piskin designed Ballet Bungee for Chaise Fitness, which she co-owns with her mother, Lauren Piskin. A competitive figure skater herself, Lauren founded and ran Physicalmind Pilates studio. Her inspiration to start Chaise came out of a desire to “get Pilates off its back and bring it into the modern upbeat vibe of New York City.” Chaise now has three locations. There are two in the Upper East Side (one is for private sessions) and a Flatiron studio.
Ballet Bungee is good for all fitness levels because you can modify your speed and intensity as needed. It’s mostly focused on strength training and balance, but a series of quick and lively movements will get your heart pumping. You can expect to burn anywhere from 300 to 400 calories per 45-minute session.