When you sign up for a new workout class, you’re buying into an idea: You want the calves of a ballerina, for example, the endurance of a rower, or the quads of a Crossfitter. But how hard do you have to work to look like part of the tribe? And does one exercise really offer the promise of hard abs more than the next? The Cut picked ten of New York’s top trainers — from SoulCyclers to yogis to Barry’s Bootcamp instructors — and asked them what’s so great about their sport. Click through the slideshow below to see the results — and a broad spectrum of muscle.
Photographs by Robert Maxwell. Styling by Rebecca Ramsey. Hair and makeup by Lydia Foster for Exclusive Artists using R+Co Hair Care, Tarte Cosmetics, and MALIN+GOETZ.
*This article appears in the January 12, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.