'I wanted to wear my trainers and track suit to the club': How party workouts are bringing DJs and cocktails to the gym
18:42 GMT, 9 March 2012
Millions of office workers wake up before the sun even rises to squeeze in their daily trip to the gym but recently, endorphin-seekers have been leaving their workouts until the late night.
The latest fitness phenomenon sweeping across the nation is the concept of the workout as an exhilarating night on the town, in which fitness clubs host disco-lit classes of high-octane, boot-camp style routines set to pumping music played by DJs.
Eager fans of places like SoulCycle and Barry's Bootcamp in New York and Nightclub Cardio in Houston, are treated to sweaty sessions of booty shaking, iron-pumping and high speed cardiovascular exercise with an open door policy to anyone wearing sneakers and post-workout 'pretend'tini's' made from Vitamin Water.
The Macarena Dance fans at Nightclub Cardio in Houston, Texas which is just one of many gym-as-nightclub fitness concepts springing up across the country
Jennifer Brugh-Tanguy, the founder of Nightclub Cardio told MailOnline: 'It seems that to get into a cool club nowadays you have to look the proper part – perfect hair, make-up a skirt and of course uncomfortable high heels.
'I started Nightclub Cardio because I wanted to wear my trainers and track suit to the club and get my cardio on the dance floor! I wanted a club experience without the calories of cocktails.'
The fitness visionary also saw an appealing opportunity to create a place where women could go wild on the dance floor without the pressure of being asked for a phone number.
A faithful follower of her jam-packed evening sessions explained: 'I am married and my husband does not like to dance – as a result I don’t go out to nightclubs.
Star power: Kim Kardashian (left) leave Barry's Bootcamp in LA, a favourite among stars like Selma Blair and Jenny McCarthy
Mash-up: Classes at fitness clubs like Barry's Bootcamp and Soul Cycle in New York hire DJs to play the best party tunes for their late night sessions
'Nightclub Cardio has revitalized my spirit, giving me the ability to go to a night club to let loose and just dance as a form of exercise during “safe hours”'.
At Nightclub Cardio, exercise buffs and dance lovers alike are led through an easy-to-follow dance routine that gets their heartrate pumping and their bodies grooving. The objective of this establishment according to its owner, is to 'sweat, smile and have fun!'
At Barry's Bootcamp and SoulCycle however, though devotees revel in the music and atmosphere, the emphasis lies more on harder, better, faster, stronger.
Lines form outside these Manhattan locations with determined fans desperate to nab a spot in the gruelling classes.
At Barry's Bootcamp, a favourite of Kim Kardashian, Selma Blair and Jenny McCarthy, groups move around 'stations' that incorporate weights and running machines, while resident DJ's spin mash-ups of the latest chart-topping tunes.
Evening endorphins: Nabbing a place in one of these popular nighttime classes requires queuing and often signing up to to wait lists
Barry's Bootcamp regulars can expect to burn 1,000 calories in just one session according to the website.
Some turn up in gold lam leggings looking for a good time on a Saturday night like Devin Murphy, 28, who told the New York Times: 'It sounds crazy to be so excited about working out on a Saturday night, but Joey is such a great trainer and his classes are almost impossible to get into.
And the level of detail makes it like a wedding – this one-time event you don’t want to miss.'
Others favour the pulse-raising SoulCycle and Flywheel spinning classes where instructors turn up on skate boards and shout pysch-up chants like: 'It’s Saturday night. You want ecstasy This is it in its purest form.' Those classes are topped off with champagne and smoothies for the less adventurous.
But whether it is calorie-burning, iron-pumping, interval sprinting to Rihanna or grooving on the dancefloor in comfortable sneakers that motivates the exercise fans at these clubs, one thing unites them all: They go looking for a good time and that's exactly what they get.