Co-owners Adam Roper and Erik Cummings didn't always sport the healthy bodies they do now, but through years of dedicated practice and, eventually, Bikram certifications, Adam lost 35 pounds and Erik addressed a shoulder injury caused by a previous bike accident. Today, the two yogis share their passion for the heated practice with the help of a team of fellow certified instructors and Bikram Yoga Harlem's unofficial mascot, a pint-sized dachshund named Sebastian Kumquat. The studio welcomes practitioners of all experience levels, with Bikram's series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises catering to even the rustiest of tin men. Balmy temperatures around the 100-degree mark warm the muscles, helping students achieve deeper twists, binds, and bends, and encouraging the body to expel harmful toxins and clingy droplets of T-1000.
The bold red and black hues of CKO-Edgewater's fitness facility inspire intensity in exercisers pummel hanging heavy bags with kicks and punches. In each class, students burn calories and tone physiques under the tutelage of an enthusiastic instructor and their sidekick, an actual side kick. Or, students can work with staff one-on-one in 30-, 45-, or 60-minute personal training sessions that can incorporate weight training as well as kickboxing techniques.
CAN DO's gyms combine state of the art equipment with award winning interior design to create an aesthetically pleasing fitness environment. A month-long trial gym membership includes access to numerous amiable amenities. Hearts will hammer thanks to cardio equipment equipped with both small flat-screen TVs and music selections via the club com system, whilst muscles get motivated with free weight strength training equipment from companies like Cybex, Free Motion, and Body Master. After an intense workout, CAN DO's lavish locker rooms include steam rooms, fully tiled private showers with shampoo, soap, and skin lotion, as well as private changing rooms for women. All lockers use built in digital locks, so there's no need to lug around heavy padlocks, booby traps, or teams of bouncers.
All of the instructors at Hudson Dance Studio are professional- and champion-level dancers who have trained in Europe. Armed with an encyclopedic overseas knowledge of dance, they lead students of all skill levels through classes that explore myriad styles, including ballet for adults, Zumba, samba, Argentine tango, swing, foxtrot, and the waltz. The instructing team fosters a supportive environment in which students can meet new people, have fun, and feel comfortable. Hudson Dance Studio frequently hosts dance parties and special events, and is also available for birthday parties and other special occasions.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary dancer himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form using their expert eyes. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.