The chair workout that will kick your butt

Posted at 6:35 PM, Feb 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-13 18:35:54-05

Just like the name suggests, Chaise 23 is a gym in the Flatiron District that incorporates chairs into the workouts.

The chairs are pilates chairs used for balance as you do lounges and handstand presses while holding on to bungee cords attached to the ceiling for resistance.

Chaise 23 is a boutique Flatiron District gym that is the only one of its kind in New York City.  Founded by Rachel Piskin and her mother, Chaise 23 has been open for less than a year but is already seeing great success through its unique workout classes.

Piskin is a former New York City Ballet ballerina and her mother is a pilates trainer with nearly 30 years of training experience.  Chaise 23 is a family-run business.  Even Piskin’s father contributes by making the bungee cords that are used in every workout.

“You can create long, lean dancer-like muscles without being very hard on the body.  This is a program for your life, you can do it in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.  In fact, since it is not high-impact, pregnant women and people nursing an injury can benefit from the workouts,” said Piskin.

“At first, I was so confused, I had no idea what to do, I could barely lift my legs,” laughed gym-goer Samantha Eisemann, adding, “Later, I realized I worked out muscles I didn’t even know that I had!”


Ballet Bungee is Chaise 23’s latest workout class.  The idea is to incorporate ballet moves while using the bungee cords hanging from the ceiling as resistance.  Classes just started this month.