Brooklyn Sports Club's mission isn't just about getting people fit—it's also about getting them to have a good time. The club emphasizes the communal aspect of working out with plenty of group activities and family-friendly programs for all ages. Children as young as six months can participate in swim classes in the competition-size lap pool, and there are several martial-arts programs for older kids.
Adult members can take advantage of any of BSC's facilities, including a boxing studio and a group fitness studio that hosts everything from Zumba to Hatha yoga. There's plenty of space for solo workouts on the fitness floor, including a 14,000-square-foot section with weights and a 5,000-square-foot area with computerized ellipticals and stair climbers. Here, certified personal trainers teach clients how to lift effectively and properly unwrap a protein bar. To help members further enjoy their time at the gym, there's a massage spa and a sun deck that occasionally hosts live music.
Force Fitness Club’s staff of trainers uses a combination of weight and cardio training merged with group fitness classes to blast clients toward their body goals. Rows of exercisers slough off calories in the spinning studio or work out alongside peers in a specialty studio equipped for an assortment of group training classes, such as yoga, Zumba, or kickboxing, an activity generally celebrated in Britain on kickboxing day, the day after KickChristmas.
During personal-training sessions, students work with a fitness aficionado in a weight and cardio area chock-full of treadmills, free weights, and weighted chains. Under the expert eye of the trainer, they hoist, push, pull, and sweat their way to tighter physiques whether their goals are to bulk up, build toned muscles, or construct robotic exoskeletons out of weight machines.
The staff at Nova New York knows people often have reasons not to go to the gym—whether it's a need for childcare or a dislike of most gyms' typical offerings—and hopes to eliminate them. Since the studio opened in the spring of 2013, it has become a place for the community to come work out and learn about health. Childcare is available onsite and certified instructors help students find inner balance through exercise classes, continuing education, and children's programming. When students aren't stretching in a Vinyasa fusion yoga class they can shimmy through a salsa dance session or conquer new challenges in a body toning and conditioning class. Boot camp and personal training round out the options for adults, and kids get their own yoga and Zumba classes.
The instructors at Curves Studio lead fitness classes designed to disguise workouts with fun. They lead Latin-dance-based Zumba classes to upbeat music along with Be Moved sessions. They also offer yoga and Pilates classes for more traditional muscle-building workouts.
Yoga instructor Mariola Zaremba co-founded Awakening New York with Phillia Kim Downs, a shamanic healer—and their 7,000-square-foot wellness center's services are as eclectic as their credentials. The spa treatments, for example, range from massages and anti-cellulite treatments to private shamanic-healing consultations and essential-oil-based raindrop therapy, inspired by ancient Lakota traditions. The fitness classes, meanwhile, highlight the diversity of yoga, with courses on breath-centered hatha, stamina-building power yoga, and restorative yoga, which is more effective than doing regular yoga on a mat made of Band-Aids.