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The well-credentialed mega-athlete founders here really know their stuff, including the fact that carrying sandbags, lugging ropes, running stairs and doing a trillion squat-thrusts turns the average woman into a super-svelte athlete. $560 for 16 classes, as1effect.com
Yoga’s first drill sergeant is Loren Bassett, who leads intense yoga/cross-training classes where vinyasa sequences segue into burpees, mountain climbers with gliders and high-intensity cardio with strength training—all in a 105-degree room. No child’s pose here. $35, pureyoga.com
At Battery Wharf and Exhale locations nationwide. The combination of weekly one-on-one nutrition consults and unlimited Core Fusion classes (centered around barre work and free weights) should majorly help you along the way to a dancer body. Aim for four classes a week, including more cardio-centered variations like Core Fusion Sport. $925, exhalespa.com
This incredibly popular studio is responsible for 99 percent of the high butts and flat abs in Philly. The fat-burning classes use resistance bands that dangle from the ceiling, and the tough, toning barre classes have names like “Skinny Jeans.” Go for three classes per week. $20, lithemethod.com
“Be All You Used to Be” is the slogan at this no-frills, no-nonsense workout where the trainers (many of them vets) expect you to sign on for five classes’ worth of tough love per week: four dedicated to strength training, core work and flexibility, and one that’s pure cardio. $199 for three months, sargecorp.com
Also in New York. For a seriously slimming self-guided program, pair the popular spin and barre classes. The ideal weekly blend: three Flywheel indoor cycling classes (a 45-minute session torches 500-plus calories) for cardio and two 60-minute FlyBarre classes to tone and elongate muscles. $25, flywheelsports.com
Julie Valenti packs the house for her high-intensity class at Equinox Lincoln Park for a reason: Three classes a week will transform you. Expect squat thrusts, planks and little downtime. $149 to $183 for a monthly membership, equinox.com
Expect muscle fatigue and all-out breathlessness during this demanding class featuring three 10-minute rounds of “real life” exercises incorporating cardio bursts and eight-pound weights. The good news? You only need to do it twice a week. $130 to $240 per month, equinox.com
The Boom-Boom-Pow is just one of the intense moves at this playful, noncompetitive, women-only workout that melts muffin tops and firms backsides—without adding bulk. The crack-of-dawn four-week outdoor series includes four workouts a week. $199, seattleweightloss bootcamp.com
Ken Weichert isn’t playing: This master fitness trainer for the Army National Guard has spent the past 15 years whipping Pacific Heights women into shape with his five-day-a-week program. Classes mix intense military calisthenics with killer kickboxing drills and cadence calls. $140 for 10 classes or $135 to $290 per month, startfitness.com
Also in New York. Super-positive firecracker Stone is poised to become the next Jillian Michaels. Her tough early-morning outdoor boot(y) camps in L.A. and New York City magically make sprints, push-ups and squats super-fun. $300 to $350 for eight weeks of classes, laceystonefitness.com
Also in Nashville and New York. Do 15 minutes of treadmill sprints, hop off and do a bundle of weights, squats and push-ups—then repeat. That’s the fun and fast-acting recipe of this dress-size-dropping workout done in a glam studio discoed out with red lights and pumping music. $24 to $32, barrysbootcamp.com
Available in dozens of cities, this strength and conditioning program has some very butch credentials: It’s used to train police and military special-ops units—so there! Expect feats-of-strength challenges and endurance intervals, like 30 jump- ups on a 20-inch box, 50 push-ups and 30 reps of hurling a 14- pound ball. $10 to $20, crossfit.com
Various locations A mere 11 guests at a time experience these intensely fitness-focused retreats featuring daily four-hour hikes followed by spin and yoga classes. You’ll eat raw food for two days, then organic calorie-controlled cuisine. $4,500 to $6,000 per week, escapetoshape.com
Malibu, CA Daily 10-mile hikes and four hours of fitness classes: These are the non-negotiable terms at this five-star boot camp, where you’ll receive tiny yet beautifully presented meals totaling 1,500 calories a day. (Typical mid-hike snack? Four almonds, two cashews.) Making up for the challenges are swish guest rooms, daily massages and a smaller dress size upon departure. $5,600 per week, theranchmalibu.com