Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Brick sidewalks and a field of lush green grass serve as the gym floor for Fitness Fleur’s boot-camp classes. Fresh air and sunlight help invigorate participants as they run, jump, and produce ample sweat at an outdoor park. Boot-camp classes are open to individuals of all fitness levels.
Located in the center of the Garment District, Blossomesque is a fitness, wellness, and lifestyle studio devoted to helping its clients achieve a healthier life balance. Certified trainer Regina Coles has paired with organic chef Sia H. Pickett to offer fitness, nutrition, and cooking classes for women, along with event nights and open houses. At Blossomesque, the fitness classes comprise of an hour of cardio and muscle-sculpting movements, incorporating soft burlesque moves and fun props, such as elbow-length gloves and feather fans, to help women bring out their sensual side. Clients burn calories as they learn to shimmy and stretch, and stay motivated through social interaction and knowledge of healthy food choices.
Founded by Kensington resident and former corporate executive Wilhyn Larsen, Namaste Yoga of Kensington works to add yoga to everyone's daily fitness routine. With classes ranging from rigorous power Vinyasa to restorative tai chi, the studio features something for everyone. Instructors lead classes in yellow sunlit studios with mirrors. As students move through poses, they can reference their reflections and improve their alignment or facial expression accordingly. Additional classes include kickboxing, Zumba, cardio dance, Pilates, and belly dancing.
Vel, a certified Climb & Spin pole-dance instructor, spent time shimmying across Japan, Europe, and Africa in order to expand her repertoire. To put her versatile expertise to good work, Vel founded Brooklyn's Finest Pole Dancing Studio as a women-only dance studio where she could help women to shake themselves free of inhibitions. Newbie, intermediate, and advanced pole-dancing classes give students of skill levels the ability to shimmy away their insecurities and find enjoyment onstage as they study under expert dancers. In addition to dance, the studio’s schedule also includes fitness classes and specialty sessions where students can learn the secrets to lap dancing and creating sultry dance routines around props such as chairs or airport-terminal seats. Vel's dedication to empowering women carries over to the studio's Women's Wellness Workshops, which bring industry professionals and eager students together to share and discuss issues of women's health and sexuality.:m]]
The trainers at Pura Vida Urban Fitness are like chameleons, shifting their fitness approaches to suit different surroundings and clients. This flexibility allows them to guide students of all experience levels through personal-training sessions, nutritional coaching, and group exercise classes. Their classes range from yoga and functional-movement sessions to boot-camp and TRX workouts. Armed with certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and various yoga organizations, the team has mastered modifications for poses that allow beginners and guests with varying goals to bend and stretch at their own pace. Trainers also adjust the number of people in each course to maximize motivation—patrons can complete a six-month nutrition program alone, with a partner, or with up to 12 other people for a larger support network and a more-efficient salad-assembly line.