What Is It? The Burger Cleanse, a totally made-up, but totally delicious detox inspired by The Taco Cleanse.
Who’s Trying It Out? Grace Gavilanes, features writer-reporter
What’s the Point? Why even question it? Where there are burgers, there is life. Also, I refused to leave my house during the blizzard and wanted to make my time indoors as fulfilling as possible. Enter: burger-inspired meals.
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What Is It: Treat While You Train is a relaxation and recovery class taught exclusively at 24 Hour Fitness locations nationwide, based on the method developed by celebrity trainer Jill Miller (who works with Kelly Osbourne and Elisabeth Hasselbeck)
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What Is It: Gwyneth Paltrow’s 2016 Goop detox
Who Tried It: Catherine Kast, Style Editor
Level of Difficulty (on a scale of 1-10): 9 (if you have a full-time job)
You all knew it was coming: Gwyneth Paltrow‘s annual January reset diet plan. The 2016 Goop Detox is a set of recipes and guidelines to help undo everything that was done to your body during the overindulgent holiday season. After trying last year’s detox, I wanted to jump right in for this year’s. Goop.com published full detox on Thursday, Jan. 7, and I needed to start as soon as possible.
What Is It: The Taco Cleanse, a tortilla-based wellness plan that involves eating tacos for every meal
Who Tried It: Maria Yagoda, Features Writer-Reporter
Level of Difficulty: 10. You have to be very strong and brave.
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Jennifer Lawrence Invented This Insane Spaghetti-Chili-Pizza Sandwich…So We Made It Ourselves, Naturally
What Is It: Jennifer Lawrence’s crazy chili-noodle-pizza sandwich concoction
Who Tried It: Shay Spence, associate food & lifestyle editor
Level of Difficulty: 2 (on a scale from 1 to 10)
Why We Did It: Because it involves Jennifer Lawrence and pizza…? I don’t understand the question
What Is It: Broadway Bodies is a dance studio in New York City that specializes in teaching the choreography to pop songs, music videos and musicals. I heard they were offering a class inspired by my current favorite song, “Sorry,” by Justin Bieber. The music video is worth obsessing over, and a few friends and I were itching to learn the dance moves.
Who Tried It: Alisha Williams, PEOPLE senior designer
Level of Difficulty: 5 (on a scale from 1 to 10). No particular dance knowledge needed — there were a range of skills represented in the room. But expect to sweat! The high-energy, hour-long class is packed with step-by-step instruction to break down even the most complicated moves, which we repeated to perfection.
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We walked into the no-frills studio, not sure what to expect. But when the overhead lights went off and the dance lights came on, I knew it was going to be AWESOME. The class was taught by the crazy talented Alistair Williams, studio director of NYC Broadway Bodies. His years of professional experience shined through as he started the class with a series of warm-up moves, all to the Bieb’s greatest hits.
We quickly moved onto the choreography of the “Sorry” video, starting with the opening pose. Williams broke down the beginning of the dance into three sections for the class to tackle. We repeated each section as we went along, building on what we’d learned until we had memorized the steps for the first 90 seconds of the song. Questions were encouraged — Williams is super patient! — and he turned tricky moves into doable dancing.
Before we knew it, we were performing what we’d learned in its entirety, first as a group, then in smaller groups so we could really show off.
The Verdict: I loved it! The atmosphere, choreography, instructors and all-around feel of the cardio session would bring me back in a heartbeat. We couldn’t learn the entire video in an hour-long class, but if this were offered as a series of classes, I’d be at every one. The choreography didn’t mimic every move of the video step-for-step, but I appreciate Broadway Bodies’ less-challenging version for people like myself! The choreography was easy enough to pick up in an hour, but it still felt like a solid workout.
—Alisha Williams, @alishaw
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What It Is: Yaye (pronounced “yay”) is a free wellness app that allows you to share your fitness activity with friends and family, praise each other for healthy behaviors and stay on track with your goals.