The movie Fifty Shades of Grey made more than $85 million in its opening weekend, so it's no surprise that marketers are bending over backwards to capitalize on its success. Enter the BDSM-lite lifestyle trend, which spans from cookies to teddy bears, cookbooks to makeup. One place it makes sense, though, is in the fitness arena: like dominatrix’s, we pay trainers to inflict pain, right?

Crunch gyms based in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York employed a dominatrix-hosted classes called “Whipped: 50 Shades of Fitness.” These special classes were popular among Crunch members according to the gym’s senior Vice President of Programming. "Every now and then, I like to try something more fun and out of the box," Cyrus said in an interview with ABC News Radio. "[The instructor] would say things like, 'If you don’t do these 20 push-ups, you're going to get whipped.” Some instructors would make the participants wear blindfolds while others would use sexual innuendo.

A dominatrix-themed class can be great as long as you feel you can get a solid workout. If you think a class like this would be motivational or of interest to you, by all means you should try it if there’s a class nearby.

Would you pay to be dominated in a group exercise class? How do you feel about BDSM culture coming out into the mainstream? Let us know in the comments.

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ABC News Radio: Dominatrix Whips Gym-Goers Into Shape for "Fifty-Shades"-Themed Class