If your body is a temple, a gym is a temple to that body-temple, forming a sort of hyperdimensional fitness-tesseract through which you can sculpt and modify time itself. Work glutes by avoiding wormholes with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-month membership and a personal-training session at Dolphin Fitness Clubs (a $130 value). Choose from three Staten Island locations, on Clove Road, Amboy Road, and Victory Boulevard.
Dolphin Fitness Clubs serve as clean, well-lit places to pump iron, burn calories, and run up nightmarish never-ending staircases to nowhere. Flat-screen TVs dot some of the walls, with exposed brick and bright primary colors creating a fresh, fun environment in which to heave enormous metal discs into the air without consequence. Nautilus equipment provides focused muscle fortification, while free Pilates, aerobics, and Latin-influenced Zumba classes recast staid workout programs into festive new activities. The included personal-trainer session sets new sweat savants on the right course, handily handling any necessary distractions between the water fountains and treadmills. Amenities vary by location, but can include childcare, juice bars, and saunas. While some people achieve the bodies of their dreams in just one month, most people are not wizards, a problem this Groupon also addresses: buyers can take 20% off a future three-month membership.
Dolphin Fitness Clubs
Dolphin Fitness Clubs' forest of humming and clanking exercise equipment is overseen by knowledgeable staff who are eager to dole out instruction on playing nicely with the machines and to pass along workout tips. Professional cardio- and strength-training equipment, from top manufacturers such as Cybex, Streamline, and Hammer, abounds as the certified trainers lead clients through customized workouts that are supplemented by nutritional counseling. The trainers also conduct group fitness classes—such as Zumba—in their expansive studios. Hordes of flat-screens line the gym walls, regaling fitness-seekers with distractions in the form of TV shows and movies such as Babe, a pig in the city who overcame all odds to run his first marathon.