New Kid on the Block: Xtend Tribeca

“We love our story!” says Sara Fusco (above right) when asked to explain how Xtend Tribeca came to be. She was in Boca Raton, Florida, when she decided to try an Xtend Barre class. “It’s actually the brand’s headquarters, and when I found out they franchise, I said I’d love to bring it to Tribeca.” It turns out that someone else, Erica Lerner (above left), was already working on a Tribeca outpost. “We’re both attorneys, looking for something new, and we both live here. They introduced us, and we formed a partnership.”

Xtend Tribeca is two floors at 80 Warren, in what used to be a medical office. The ground-floor studio has room for around 20 participants, while downstairs is a studio that can hold around 15, along with changing rooms and lockers. “As Xtend’s first Manhattan and concept studio, corporate gave us a lot of leeway, both in terms of how it looks and the name,” says Lerner. “They let us take the word ‘Barre’ out, because we have other types of classes.”

All of the workouts are based on Pilates and dance, and choreographed to music. “But it’s not intense dance cardio,” says Lerner. “We use movements from ballet and Pilates that keep the class flowing, that keep everything purposeful.”

The primary class, of course, is Xtend Barre, which involves 20-25 minutes on the barre. (“It’s more of a flow than just repetition exercises at the barre,” says Fusco.) There’s also a high-intensity class called Circuit Seven; Pilates Stick, where a stick attached to bands is used to emulate a Pilates Reformer; and a TRX class. “We do TRX to music, with meticulous movements based on Pilates and ballet,” says Lerner. “It’s very fast-paced, but it’s not as aggressive as what Navy Seals do with TRX!” Men are welcome at all classes, but the likelier options are Circuit Seven and TRX.

As an introductory offer, you can get two weeks’ unlimited classes for $49. Or stop by on June 15, when Xtend Tribeca is throwing a party with free 45-minute classes on the hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Xtend Barre founder Andrea Rogers will lead the sessions at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Xtend Tribeca is at 80 Warren (between W. Broadway and Greenwich); 212-240-9800; xtendbarre.com.

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