Balanced several feet off the ground inside silky white hammocks, students at Core Connection practically levitate as they tackle challenging yoga poses during the studio’s antigravity yoga classes. Core Connection’s wide-ranging slate of classes helps students connect physical wellness with mental wellness through strength building and a non-competitive environment.
Surrounded by vast windows and gleaming wood floors, the passionate instructors lead sessions such as Bar Sculpt, a core-building class that uses the ballet bar and isometric exercises to create lean muscles. Core Connection also rents out its picturesque space for meetings, photo shoots, and parties that combine exercise with catered meals, massages, and spirited games of Pin the Tail on the Yogi.
With hundreds of locations throughout the world, Fitness Together contours the global musclescape one individual at a time with customized workouts. Beginning with a body consultation and assessment, clients are classified into different training zones leading to goal-specific programs that help them reach their true fitness potential. During the 45-minute sweat sessions, a trained muscle tutor supervises squats to ensure muscles are properly stretched and showered in both praise and post-perspiring soap. The one-on-one attention allows the trainer to fine-tune movements, tone trouble zones, and push students to keep going when they'd otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
Using the motions and exercises of professional weightlifters, gymnasts, and track-and-field athletes, CrossFit creates an amalgam of total-body fitness. And because all movements are functional, the system prepares participants for any kind of physical activity, be it sports- or work-related or just picking up a bag of soil at the hardware store to play catch with. At Crossfit Fightworx, they also mix up the daily workouts every session to stave off boredom and keep everyone centered on their goals.
Under the guidance of The Body Shop's owner Mike Occhipinti—a professional bodybuilder, certified personal trainer, and performance enhancement specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine—a team of certified trainers whips bodies into tip-top shape. Each 60-minute session embraces an old-school approach to personal training and nutritional planning, as a sweat sensei supervises exercisers in a private studio. The Body Shop tailors workout methods and healthy eating plots to each participant's specific needs and goals, and turns a blind eye toward the plaintive whining of clients' sentient evil twins.
At Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club, the mission is simple: Look and feel better. The route you take in getting there, though, is completely up to you. Since 1972, the club has offered guests and members a varied selection of fitness opportunities. Today, it features cardio machines equipped with individual TVs, strength-training gear, and more than 50 large-group classes. And the trainers provide sports-specific training with year-round golf and tennis programs. For added convenience, the club also hosts childcare services, which means parents don't need to find a babysitter.