When it opened in 1978, The Court Club held only racquetball, squash, and handball courts. But as the fitness scene evolved, so did its facilities. Today, the club promises more than just on-court competition. It also offers group fitness classes, cardio and weight-training equipment, personal training, and rock climbing.
Albany Dance & Fitness is a dance studio for teens and adults that seeks to help everyone reap the positive benefits of dance. At this welcoming studio, experienced instructors lead ballet, jazz, Zumba and pilates in small groups, teaching students grace, poise, and how to burn calories and build lean muscle. Come in to try a hip hop class, or give Barre Blast?which fuses ballet, Pilates, and strength training?a whirl in this spacious dance and fitness center.
The team of trainers and athletes at CrossFit ?VITAS work closely with groups of exercisers, running them through the ever-changing Workout of the Day. The constant rotation of fitness regimens ensures that muscles never get so good at one particular movement that they stop developing. The intense workouts blend cardio and plyometrics to build healthy hearts and layers of lean muscle.
Travis Gil believes fitness comes not only from training the body, but from a great mindset as well. He knows that a physical and mental transformation can be intimidating, so he created Fitness Artist to cater to clients one-on-one with custom programs or in small groups of two to eight. He and his staff of fitness professionals alter their regimens in every session, tailoring the workouts to the clients' levels of fitness and individual goals. The private, spa-like facility has individual workout rooms that are contained by frosted glass for privacy, helpful for busy people who may feel self-conscious about going to the gym during peak times. Group fitness rooms, which hold circuit training classes that utllize battle ropes, pull-ups, kettle bells, and slam balls, are tucked away in the back, as well. Private showers and an on-site massage therapist, plus careful details such as chandeliers and crown moulding, help elevate the studio's atmosphere.
At Fit Fiesta Studio, owner Eliana Ceballos and a team of experienced instructors lead classes for all ages in hopes of making exercise a fun, community-building activity. Eliana opened the studio with the hope of creating a happy place where people could relieve their stress and simultaneously achieve their fitness goals. Today. students and teachers alike cheer each other on during fitness classes that include a variety of strength- and flexibility-building yoga classes and upbeat Zumba classes. The studio space itself is an expression of this commitment to joy: Zumba classes take place on a 1,600 square-foot floating dance floor that is padded and covered in oak, so students can move freely and safely on a smooth and solid surface.
The “RoCM” in RoCM Dance stands for “rhythms of city motion,” and it’s a phrase the leaders of RoCM Dance take to heart. Not content to simply teach in studios, they head outside and throughout the Big Apple to lead classes and choreograph steps for flash mobs. Through their efforts, they hope to make dance accessible and affordable for everyone, regardless of skill level.