New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
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Annette Kokkola-McLean discovered Zumba’s energetic dance workout in 2008, and she recalls feeling right at home thanks to her background in Latin dance. Before long, she had become a licensed Zumba instructor and started leading classes wherever she could—at local gyms, ballrooms, basketball courts, and crowded train stations.
High-energy music and upbeat instructors make every workout fun at Exceleride Cycling Studio. The studio is outfitted with rows of Schwinn AC Performance Plus indoor cycling bikes, with built-in monitors that measure cyclists' RPM's, distance traveled and eye blinks per minute.
Contours Express - Danbury prioritizes efficiency and comfort. By shaping workout regimens into 30-minutes of intense circuit training, the facility ensures that guests don't waste a single second as they build lean muscle and lose fat. The gym makes use of Contours Express equipment, which tests limbs against positive and negative resistance that uses natural weight instead of hydraulics. As for comfort, the all-female environment creates a friendly atmosphere for women looking to exercise in an inviting space. Guests can also pop by for cardio and Zumba workouts, the latter of which relies on upbeat Latin-inspired dance moves to scare away calories.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.