A team of certified personal trainers, nutritionists, and tai chi instructors builds strong, integrated bodies at the high-tech Amplitude Vibration Studio. Developed at NASA and in the Navy SEALs, many of the wellness center's physical therapies hone and measure athletic performance with scientific precision. Co-owner Gabriel Ettenson leads with an academic interest in fitness, as he earned a master's degree in physical therapy from Columbia University and has published articles on how vibration technology improves strength, performance, and the ability to sing like RoboCop. Committed not only to rehabilitating injuries and preparing muscles for sports exertion, the crew fosters mental clarity and greater mind-body awareness with meditative practices.
Pilates is for everyone. This is the idea behind Spencer Pilates Arts, where students of all abilities and ages study the fitness method made famous by Joseph H. Pilates. The method consists of exercises that strengthen the core, tone muscles, and even lengthen the body for those who don't have rubber bones. Originally used by dancers and acrobats due to its many benefits, it's now employed by a wide range of fitness instructors. One of those instructors is Spencer Baker, who started out incorporating Pilates exercises into his job and now shares the core-strengthening method with his members at his center.
FunfitNYC's team of instructors call upon their diverse backgrounds and training experience to carefully choreograph and lead classes designed to help clients hone healthy bodies and self-confidence. The studio's schedule of regular classes includes Zumba sweat sessions—involving simple yet energetic steps set to Latin tunes—and belly dancing classes, which focus on fundamental moves such as hip drops, rolls, and food processing. Particular muscle groups receive specialized attention in classes such as the Ab-tastic and Legs & Booty. And, during striptease sessions, students tap into the sensual side of fitness in a safe and friendly environment.
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.
Method Fitness's women's fitness boot camps gather Gotham's gals for one-hour sessions for participants of all fitness levels. While the curriculum of each session varies, all classes incorporate core conditioning, flexibility, agility drills, and cardiovascular exercises, ensuring a consistency in regimen and routine while also keeping inner computers perpetually guessing, and therefore, unable to become dangerously self-aware. Method Fitness has designed its boot camps to allow for participants to move up to advanced training levels and into roles as vigilante superheroines as they better their bodies.
At Preferred Dental Spa, tooth whisperers apply a specialty Zoom! gel onto chompers, which then bathe in focused, intense light in three 15-minute cycles. The 45-minute service causes minimal discomfort, if any, and brightens teeth up to eight shades more efficiently than holding a flashlight between teeth. Zoom! reports that with careful upkeep, results can last for years.