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Is Bodies By P New York’s Best Kept Workout Secret?

Pilates, TRX, and barre? So 2016. This new, low-intensity and highly effective workout is said to be guaranteed to change your body. And you don’t even have to break a sweat.


In 2013, through a twist of fate, fitness guru Steven Pasterino found himself in a CPR class with celebrity trainer Justin Gelband, the man best known for sculpting the bodies of countless Victoria’s Secret models. The two hit it off, and Gelband recruited Pasterino to teach at ModelFit, a venture that became one of New York’s hottest workout studios. Over the next three years as Pasterino worked closely with Gelband, his entire understanding of shaping and toning the human body was transformed and his core beliefs about fitness were turned upside down.

Growing up in New Jersey, Pasterino played football from the age of fourteen through college, and was dedicated to a regimen of strengthening and bulking up through strenuous exercises. “When I came to new York, I saw all these women doing the same workouts I was doing when I was playing football and I couldn’t understand why they would want to do that,” Pasterino said of programs like CrossFit and TRX. “Women want to be long, lean, and toned. So why are trainers bulking their clients up?”

Pasterino was determined to develop a more effective fitness technique, and pursued a degree in physical therapy to understand which bodily movements target and tone particular muscles. Last January, he left ModelFit to start Bodies by P, a one-man show located in a sun-filled loft on the Bowery where Pasterino teaches all private and group classes himself.

“I haven’t figured out how to teach this to anybody–you can’t teach experience,” he said of his method of small movements and light resistance, which slim the thighs, tone the butt, clear the hips, and activate the hard to reach muscles. “My focus is on the things that other trainers and methods have failed to do.”

Pasterino said that nearly 95 percent of the girls who visit the studio are already workout fiends, bewildered as to why they don’t get the results they want after clocking in countless hours at the gym. “These girls work out five days a week, eat healthy, and they wonder why they look the way they do, and why their jeans don’t fit,” he said.

Bodies by P aims to be a sustainable workout, and he makes a point to train his clients according to their daily lifestyles. “If a girl walks in heels all day at work, I train her in a position where her heels are lifted, so she activates her butt and strengthens her ankles, and calves,” he said.

Pasterino loves the intimate, hush hush vibe of his studio, and while he’s done his best to keep it a secret, downtown New York notables such as Hannah Bronfman and Made by Milk co-founder Jenne Lombardo have sought him out. And while the movements are so subtle that you might not break a sweat, rest assured you’ll feel it the next morning.

Calling Card An unmarked door on the Bowery. Buzzer number 3.

Membership $20 for your first class, $40 per class after that, or $360 for a ten-class pack.

Tribes Fitness aficionados like Hannah Bronfman, Jenne Lombardo, and a host of IMG models.

Workout Music Even if you’re in no mood to work out, you will be once you hear his Spotify playlist, which ranges from alt electro to deep house. Keep your phone nearby to Shazam.

The Basics 112 Bowery (between Grand St and Hester St), Floor 3, New York, NY 10013. BodiesbyP.co. Hours fluctuate daily.

Indoor Workouts from 11 Top Models

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley “I’m obsessed with Body By Simone.”

“Privacy Settings” photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine August 2015.

Jourdan Dunn “Barrecore.”

“Perfect Ten” photographed by Mario Sorrenti, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine February 2014.

Daria Werbowy “Ashtanga Yoga.”

“Super Normal Super Models” photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine September 2014.

Lily Aldridge “Mary Helen Bowers at Ballet Beautiful in New York City is my trainer. We train 4-5 days a week for an hour.”

“Privacy Settings” photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine August 2015.

Candice Swanepoel “I try and work out at least three times a week—boxing, resistance training—and then if I’m traveling I just try to do whatever I can in the hotel.”

“Perfect Ten” photographed by Mario Sorrenti, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine February 2014.

Kate Moss “Dancing.”

“Piece of Kate” photographed by Craig McDean, styled by Olivier Rizzo; W Magazine May 2015.

Saskia du Brauw “Iyengar yoga.”

“Living Large” photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine September 2012.

Ava McAvoy “I love to do yoga as it relaxes me, and Ballet Beautiful for toning.”

Photo by Luca Khouri; Wmagazine.com November 2015.

Chrissy Teigen “I love Body by Simone. It’s mixed weights, strength training, and a bit of cardio.”

“Privacy Settings” photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine August 2015.

Caroline Trentini “Kickboxing, two times a week.”

“Sculpture Garden” photographed by Willy Vanderperre, styled by Panos Yiapanis; W Art May 2015.

Daphne Groeneveld “I go to Michael Olajide’s boxing classes at Aerospace; sometimes I’ll go to SLT or Barry’s Boot Camp in New York.”

“The Night is Young” photographed by Mario Sorrenti, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine March 2012.

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