In New York gyms, firming flab isn't enough

“At Taryn Toomey's downtown boutique fitness studio ... 40 women at a time sweat through a 75-minute exercise session called The Class. 'I wanted it to feel like a womb,' Toomey says, gesturing to walls painted a pale shell pink. We're two floors up from the financial district, one of the city's more chaotic and malodorous neighbourhoods, yet traffic seems a distant dream. A Florence and the Machine song, vaguely evocative of women's empowerment, wafts into the reception area from the workout room." 

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