Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Makeup artist Dionne Bell takes her brushes and blushes on the road. Traveling to homes, offices, photo shoots, weddings, and DMVs, she arrives well stocked for face transformations.
Dionne prides herself on being able to match skin type to the correct beauty products, and she never makes clients look overly made-up—just naturally beautiful. She also offers makeup tutorials for individuals or groups to help clients master techniques themselves.
The hiss and clank of weight machines from manufacturers such as Cybex and Precor blend with the whir of recumbent cycles and treadmills to form the perpetual soundtrack at each of Dolphin Fitness Clubs’ 24-hour locations. To augment individual exercise regimens, nationally certified staffers teach aerobic classes throughout the week, with offerings ranging from classic step classes to low-impact yoga and pillow-fighting lessons.
At Dahn Yoga's Bronx location, yogis practice mind-body exercises and focused meditation pioneered by founder Ilchi Lee. Before each hour-long class, patient instructors guide students through preliminary warm-ups, including body tapping to trigger blood flow and an abdominal press that kneads out stomach tension and tilts full-abdomen tattoos of flaming pinball machines. Students can gently loosen sinews and build mobility through joint rotations and meridian stretches, and learn martial-arts-esque moves meant to increase awareness. Deep breathing postures aim to engender tranquility, while brain wave vibration exercises meld meditation techniques with rhythmic motion for a more serene cool-down. All classes take place on provided mats in a spacious studio suffused with golden tones, with walls covered in tapestries showing craggy peaks striking eerily perfect mountain poses.
The team of physical therapists at WSPT approaches fitness from a holistic and therapeutic angle, offering visitors personalized physical therapy, fitness classes, and wellness programs. In-house massage therapists lull guests into pampered slumbers during one-hour Swedish massages that help to relieve stress, reduce chronic pain, and rid backs of tenacious shirts. Afterward, Pilates and yoga participants can stretch and pose their way to a mind-body balance on the clean floor of a sun-filled studio. Zumba dancers shimmy their way to cardiovascular vigor, and TRX suspension trainees strengthen cores and limber limbs with pulley-like resistance training. Classes are small and customized to students' abilities and desires to free-climb the Empire State Building, and parking is available free of charge. Check out the class schedule to prepare for imminent fitness.
Embarking on a mission to enhance the quality of life for each student, the instructors at Premier Pilates & Yoga lead a full schedule of fitness classes that launch participants toward their fitness goals. Instructors with more than ten years of experience, lead groups of up to six students stretch their limbs and synchronize their breathing while practicing either Ashtanga, Restorative, Gentle, Kripalu, Hatha or Vinyasa yoga techniques, which improve strength, balance, flexibility, and the ability to limbo under a closing garage door. 55-minute Pilates mat and circuit classes focus on toning muscles and strengthening the core through a series of controlled elongated movements that work on stretching various joints. For more intense muscle building and a healthy dose of variety, the studio also hosts Get F.I.T. boot-camp classes, kettle-bell, and TRX training. Workout sessions run seven days a week during the day and the evening.
With summer programs that focus on museum trips, mentor relationships, and reading, Growing Minds of New York Inc. aims to close the learning gap that commonly occurs over idle summer breaks. The expert camp leaders also firmly believe in kids being kids, so in addition to healthy eating and science activities, campers revel in leisurely self-guided reading time, music lessons, and sports. In addition to summer programs, Growing Minds also offers after-school clubs such as chess, creative writing, and leadership, as well as daycare for younger learners.