Exercise in Disguise

Fitness can be fun — if it’s camouflaged. Here’s how to dance, drum and surf your way to a healthier life.



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Find Your Fitness

Exercise-in-disguise workouts are offered in all corners of the Granite State. A full list of New Hampshire studios catering to the trend can be found here, but first, check out the one studio in each region that you just can’t miss.

North: Live a Little Fitness. In a region mainly catering to the yoga and hiking crowds, Live a Little has bravely ventured into exercise in disguise modalities such as dance fitness. Take advantage of their outdoor classes in the White Mountains and their strong sense of community. 159 Main St., North Woodstock. (603) 348-7220

Lakes Region: Body Design by Joy. This was one of the first studios in New Hampshire to use Surfset’s boards, and the space is known for its diverse schedule and serious equipment inventory. Don’t miss specialty classes like core spinning and cardio barre. 25 Sawmill Rd., Gilford. (603) 524-1860

Merrimack Valley/Southern NH: Kama Fitness. This studio, specializing in aerials, is the perfect place to check out once you’ve graduated from beginner to thrill-seeker. Try standard aerial fitness classes (available in levels one through three) or mix it up with aerial yoga, aerial barre or even aerial dance. 55 S. Commercial St., Manchester. (603) 702-3737

Seacoast: Mission. If you like your fitness studios to go above and beyond, try Mission. With a class schedule centered on “CBYS” (cycle, barre, yoga and strength), this four-month-old outfit offers all the hippest modalities and boasts amenities like nutrition counseling and a soon-to-open blow-dry bar at their West End Portsmouth studio. 125 Brewery Ln., Portsmouth. (603) 427-9795

Monadnock Region: Keene Family YMCA. Flashy boutique studios may offer a fancier vibe, but don’t underestimate your local Y. The Keene YMCA has a particularly impressive schedule of exercise-in-disguise classes, offering barre-inspired Ballet Fusion, Zumba, Pound and three different styles of spin — including one designed just for seniors. Best of all? In contrast to the triple-digit costs of boutique studios, membership at the Y costs as little as $33 per month. 200 Summit Rd., Keene. (603) 352-6002

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