Fitness is Art isn?t a typical fitness studio. Once a cozy family home, the space welcomes guests to heave exercise balls next to a fireplace and an antique grandfather clock. Within the rich-wooded confines, a husband-and-wife team leads students of all abilities through group fitness classes and personal-training sessions. Bright blue walls surround students as sun pours in the main room?s many windows for uplifting Zumba and dance classes. Classes and training also move outside, where they?ve set up a MoveStrong fitness center for outdoor boot-camp, circuit-training, and personal-training sessions. Helping students get fit from truly head-to-toe, they also offer facial fitness classes that help alleviate wrinkles as smiles bench-press heavier reps.
After struggling with stress, depression, and weight gain, Scott Yonehiro was inspired to get healthy when he realized how much his young daughter needed him. He lost more than 73 pounds and gained a wealth of knowledge about how to turn the body into a fat-burning, muscle-building machine. Today, the busy father, husband, and owner of Ballistic Body Fitness uses close to 20 years in the industry to help people reach their own goals. He tailors each plan to meet individual needs, offering a Jumpstart to Fitness program that facilitates rapid results despite an overloaded schedule, and a 90-day body-transformation challenge with a straightforward meal plan and metabolism-boosting exercises.
Knockout Fitness's diet plans are customized around the client's allergies, tastes, and most importantly, their schedule. The diet and fitness consultants are on call around the clock, 24/7. If a client is confused about how restaurant dishes will fit into their diet plan, for example, they can simply text the team a shot of the menu for real-time guidance. The consultants also avoid the pitfalls of setting rigid dietary regimens in stone. Instead, they try to figure out what works and what doesn't work for each individual so that they can refine the diet into a more effective weight-loss tool. To complement these nutrition plans, the team also offers solo and group workouts, courtesy of certified trainers.
Most boutique fitness centers could never double as nightclubs, but The Burn Studio isn't like most fitness centers. A disco ball hangs from the 2,200-square-foot spinning studio’s ceiling, pouring rainbows of light over athletes pedaling stationary bikes. The synchronized lighting and surround-sound system create a festive workout milieu, giving participants a colorful backdrop against which to burn calories and build endurance without biking through a paint-store display. The studio’s team of instructors leads sessions seven days a week that focus on goals from burning fat to toning six-packs, building core strength, and honing better posture.
When David O'Donnell retired from the New York Fire Department, he probably thought his physically demanding days of stepping into blazing buildings, lugging around gear, and swinging pick head axes were over. And to a degree, they were. But while recovering from the injury that caused his retirement, he decided to make physical fitness a priority.
Nowadays, he's traded in the pick head axes for kettlebells at his fitness studio, The Kettlebell Gym. In addition to overseeing his students' kettlebell swings, O'Donnell and his team also oversee the techniques of another fitness training program: TRX suspension training, which teaches exercisers how to lift a two-lane suspension bridge.
Students should bring: An exercise mat and hand weights 3 to 10 pounds each, and bottled water
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Multi-level workouts allow you to work out at your own level without feeling like the odd man out.