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Guests work out amidst masterpieces at the Metropolitan Museum

Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 01:42

Patrons run through New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art with two trainers to admire art while working up a sweat. Elly Park reports.

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This might be the most expensive gym in the world. It's before opening hours of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and workout time for a group of 15 fitness fanatics. They stretch and squat while admiring the museum's world-class collection. The routine, aptly titled "Museum Workout" is the brainchild of dancing duo Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. SOUNDBITE: Monica Bill Barnes, Choreographer, Artistic Director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company, saying (English): "It began when the museum approached the dance company about making a show for one of the galleries. And the more that we as a company discussed it, we felt like 'Well, it might be selfish but we want the whole museum.' We don't want to be confined to one gallery." The 45-minute, 2-mile long exercise takes guests through 35 galleries, with the aim to create a unique experience. SOUNDBITE: Monica Bill Barnes, Choreographer, Artistic Director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company, saying (English): "Our hypothesis in making this was that elevating your heart rate and moving at a different pace at a museum would allow you to have a different experience of perceiving." But balancing in front of Henry VIII's armor is harder than it seems. Tickets sold out instantly, but the lucky few who made it in praise the program. SOUNDBITE: Amy Cao, Participant of Museum Workout, saying (English): "It makes me want to come back to power walk through the museum again, without a group basically. I think maybe you can do that with your headphones and just dance through the museum, it was a lot of fun." SOUNDBITE: Clare Shaheen, Participant of Museum Workout, saying (English): "The great natural light, and just kind of doing something out of the ordinary. Rather than being in a gym you are around these masterpieces." And guests seem to leave with an eased body and mind.

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Guests work out amidst masterpieces at the Metropolitan Museum

Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 01:42