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.
After their own transformative journeys, Lindsay Malejko and Mayuri Gonzalez decided they wanted to help others strengthen the mind-body connection through yoga and meditation. At Prasanthi Studio, Mayuri teaches children's yoga, adult yoga, dance yoga, and meditation, while Lindsay leads adult yoga and dietary wellness programs. Working to help each client develop healthy habits, the women educate visitors on everything from sun salutations to vegan dinners to giving dying plants CPR. The full schedule offers a wide variety of classes, including soothing candlelight yoga, beginner's Vinyasa yoga, meditation, and core-toning Pilates.
For more than 25 years, the martial-arts masters at USA Martial Arts New York have worked toward one goal: to improve their students’ mental and physical strength. They achieve this goal through an assortment of martial-arts and cardio classes designed to help students of virtually any age and skill level to master control of their bodies while gaining self-confidence and discipline. Students looking to shed calories without the monotony of the gym can heave blows into heavy bags during cardio kickboxing classes.
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.
Belin Sport & Fitness has locations that span the east coast, with certified fitness professionals at each one. They hold classes such as their unique spin-class-with-no-bikes class, as well as personal training, but they specialize in the signature Belin Challenge Fitness Boot Camp. The four-week indoor/outdoor program blends fitness instruction, nutritional counseling, and motivational training to help inspire individuals to reach their target fitness goals.
Erica Garcia bends over backwards to accommodate her students, whether organizing girls-night-out-style yoga parties in her intimate studio or tending to uninitiated students in yoga flow or fundamentals sessions. With signature humor, she spurs classes on, helping them push past asana plateaus in blended classes that include styles such as Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. To create a serene atmosphere, Erica leads healing postures in a warm room that glows with flickering candlelight and resonates with motivating music ideal for lending an upbeat tone to ghost stories.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.