Exercise keeps the body in peak condition, which explains the marbleized ThighMaster lying next to Michelangelo's David. Enjoy an anatomical renaissance with today's Groupon: for $35, you get five Barre Intensity or spinning classes at Vie Fitness & Spa (up to a $100 value).
Vie Fitness & Spa, a boutique studio with the amenities of a health club, sculpts bodies in semiprivate classes led by a staff whose office walls buckle under the weight of myriad certifications. Barre Intensity classes awaken participants' inner Rosie the Riveter through low-weight, high-rep dumbbell exercises that tone muscle, followed by ballet work such as pliés to target the gluteus, thighs, and calves, and Pilates moves to help develop core muscles. The intimate sweat sessions are limited to nine people, letting the instructor devote attention to each student. Spinning classes similarly deliver a personal workout experience as trainers motivate stationary cyclists with encouragement and a carrot dangling in front of each station. Up to 14 bikers control their own pace through flywheel tension controls, helping build cardiovascular endurance and tone thigh muscles.
Buyers can use today's deal to mix and match any of the Barre Intensity and spinning classes on the schedule, which come in either 45-minute express or 55-minute standard varieties. Showers come stocked with towels and Pure Fiji bath products, so fitness-seekers don’t need to stuff gym bags with all-in-one shampoo-plus-conditioner-plus-portable-shower. On the way out, guests can stop by the juice bar, or take in Vie's stirring glass, spiral staircase illuminated by skylights that adorn the high ceilings.
Vie Fitness & Spa
As if inspired by the visitors stretching at the fitness center below, a glass spiral staircase extends to the high ceiling, where skylights illuminate the floor below. Heather DuPuis designed Vie Fitness & Spa as an oasis for healthy living, blending health-club amenities and fitness services with a light, airy atmosphere and soaring architecture.
Certified trainers keep clients engaged in an active lifestyle through programs tailored to each individual's goals and lifestyle. In barre classes, an amalgamation of Pilates, ballet, and strength exercises set to up-tempo music work to tighten abs and thighs, and spinning classes test students' endurance while reminding them of their first bicycle's eventual theft.
An onsite juice bar refuels bodies, which stay refreshed with the boutique shop's designer water bottles and hand-poured Illume candles. To unwind after a taxing workout, patrons can stop by the facility spa for a massage or facial or head to the locker rooms equipped with fluffy towels and Pure Fiji bath products with which to wash the towels.