Sep 01, 2016 10:52 PM GMT
NYT: Amid the pounding pop and hip-hop beats that fill area gyms, a small subset of fitness fanatics has, for years, chosen to work out to “Les Misérables,” “Cats” and “West Side Story.”
Donna Cyrus, senior vice president for programming at Crunch Fitness and a former Broadway dancer, introduced the idea there a decade ago, and at Crunch today, there are as many show-tune-themed classes as specialized cardio sessions. You can spin to Tony-winning musical scores and indulge in “Wicked”-themed yoga. Among the more popular new offerings: mastering pieces of the choreography featured in Cirque du Soleil’s “Paramour,” including learning to maneuver on an aerial hoop.
This year Crunch has added a “School of Rock” workout, set to the cast recording of that Broadway hit. Routines offer the opportunity to whip out your best air guitar to play along to compositions by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Somehow, transporting this from the bedroom to the gym makes it all feel less sad.