Luba Lipo always had trouble maintaining a healthy weight, but her biggest hurdle came when she gained more than 70 pounds after the birth of her first child. Looking for a diverse workout plan, she hopped from studio to studio to try out new classes. She then realized that there was a niche to be filled: fitness seekers needed a place that offered a slew of different classes under a single roof. With that realization, Challenge Fitness Training was born. Luba's studio fits the bill with its lengthy list of class styles, including spinning, yoga, Body Sculpt, pole dancing, and Zumboxing, which combines dance-inspired Zumba aerobics with kickboxing moves. For clients seeking a more personal experience, Luba also offers semiprivate group training.
Within Champions Fitness Center's Brooklyn headquarters, students learn that the quickest path to fitness often lies along the path of a well-thrown punch. There, trainers with 35 years of combined experience teach kids (age 4 and up) and adults alike the tactics of a trio of martial arts, leading classes in boxing's uppercuts, kickboxing's roundhouses, and MMA's grappling strikes. It's not all punches and kicks, though. Licensed & Accredited by American Council of Exercise and the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the center hosts boot-camp-style cardiovascular fitness classes and one-on-one personal training sessions that torch calories while simultaneously boosting strength, agility, and self-confidence. The center also offers yoga, strength and conditioning classes, and TRX suspension training.
Suncycle Studios fills its boutique, three-tiered studio with a hoard of stationary bikes waiting to experience euphoric moments of unbridled spinning during one of the studio's many adrenaline-fueled cycling classes. Those looking for a combo workout can experience the faux peaks and valleys of indoor cycling juxtaposed with strength training in the 60-minute spin/kettlebells class, and former rhythmic gymnasts can show off their skills by flinging a kettlebell into the air and catching it with the palm of their foot. Attend 60-minute cardio blast to work toward a leaner physique, or mold muscle bags in the 60-minute spin/sculpt class, which incorporates free weights for a heart-racing workout. Check out the schedule for a complete list of available classes and times.
Equipment: Schwinn A.C. sport bikes with MPower Echelon Consoles
Students should bring: Comfortable workout and cycling clothes
Average class length: 50 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Metered street parking
Pro Tip: We provide a water, a towel, and cycling shoes with every visit.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We have some of the best instructors in the business. All of them are extremely motivated to help people get the most out of each class.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Crunch finds the fun in fitness with its no-judgment, open-minded approach to exercise. With a one-month membership, clients get unlimited access to the gym and its state-of-the-art facilities. Tap into the timeless power of ancient lever, pulley, and treadmill technologies to tone muscles and trim mass, or exert dominance over weak-willed weights with prop-assisted lifts and lunges. The one-month membership also grants users admittance to Crunch's collection of wildly imaginative classes, split up into three categories—Action Sports, Chill Outs, and Dance Rhythms. Strap on a pair of Kangoo Jumps for the BOING with Kangoo class, wrap yourself in the folds of fitness-friendly fabric for AntiGravity Yoga Wings, or peel off skirts of stress in Crunch's pole-dancing class, among many more. Crunch even scores clients' sweat-inducing sessions with live DJs.