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]]
For Anthony Bert, the certified instructor that heads America's Ultimate Martial Arts Academy, the best part of teaching martial arts is when students make the move from "I can't" to "I can." That goes for everyone, whether it's a 6-year-old trying a kick for the first time or an adult learning new grappling moves. The Brooklyn academy looks to be a a safe and healthy place for people of all ages and backgrounds so they can learn the moves of martial arts while gaining confidence, discipline, and, potentially, a closet full of colorful belts. Students can learn sparring, kata, kickboxing for fitness, and weapon training, or even train for competitive tournaments. There's also an extensive after-school program.