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Animal Flow at Equinox

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Updated: December 1, 2013 6:08AM

Like thinking of yourself as a beast when you work out?

Then Animal Flow is for you. Offered at Equinox gyms, it combines yoga and gymnastics to get you to walk like a crab, squat like an ape and lunge like, well, a beast.

In Animal Flow X (the beginner class), you’ll leave your human self behind with poses such as Deep Ape, Side-Traveling Ape, Full Scorpion, Crab and Beast. You learn each position and a few variations before the teacher leads the class through what feels like a choreographed dance.

If you can keep up, you’ll be sweating like a hog — though that isn’t one of the positions, unfortunately. You have to focus, and learn the moves well enough to do them as the teacher calls them, or you might miss out on your workout.

Apes do a fair amount of hanging around, but you won’t. The positions aren’t taught slowly — the instruction is at high speed, in between plyometrics.

If you practice yoga, many of the movements are familiar, and stretching is a major focus of the class. Special attention is paid to your wrists, which really is essential, given the Crab positions have you balancing on them for long stretches.

And you’ll be asked to roar — because it is considered a good way to engage fully in the exercise and open up your lungs. So roar away — you can be a human later.

Where to try: Equinox locations throughout the city.

Non-members can try Animal Flow by signing up for a trial membership by visiting

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