With more than 120 classes and a plethora of programs offered each week, the YMCA bolsters bodies with invigorating and enjoyable fitness regimens throughout Manhattan. Aspiring circus strongpersons have their pick from brawn-building courses such as kettlebell for a full flexibility workout, spinning for 45 minutes of fat-burning cardio, and capoeira for winning dance-fights against hard-bargaining local street vendors.
The folks at Team Footprintz believe there's a difference between those who play basketball and basketball players. Their goal is to create and nurture the latter group?players whose basketball IQ and court vision rival their jump shots, who value substance as much as style. Hoopers and ballers become players courtesy of the instructors, all of whom have played or coached at the high-school and college levels?and who share the belief that the fundamentals are the building blocks necessary to become a true basketball player.
In that vein, Team Footprintz offers intensive classes, camps, and personal- and group-training sessions that cover the fundamentals: ball handling, shooting, defense, and footwork. Still, each instructor brings his own personal energy to classes, informed by his experiences as a player or coach. Team Footprintz offers classes for kids as young as 6, including AAU training for high-school-aged players.
Blinking panels glow on the rank of file of cardio machines that stand like a robot army, ready to reshape humanity. Life Clubs' vast and luxurious facilities house fitness amenities such as a full-sized Pilates room with reformer machines, as well as hygienic touches such as hands-free water fountains that only respond to screaming. Light wooden lockers line the tile walls of changing rooms, which cushion feet with soft carpeting. Directly adjacent lay steam rooms that banish toxins from bodies with waves of heat.
While adults work out on the basketball court or in a group exercise class, children keep active in a kids' area with climbable indoor playsets. Once they sweat out the bad, guests restore themselves with good smoothies at a juice bar and paninis and salads at the Life Cafe.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Activewear is required to participate in all activities
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: 6-15
"We teach what we love to do," says Alex, president of CK Sports, "It doesn't get any better than that." For a lot of the staff, that means teaching basketball. Team CK's clutch of coaches run a robust, year-round basketball program. They hold training three days a week and focus on fundamental skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork. They train hard to give their athletes as much competitive edge as possible, while still teaching their students to play nice, according to the rules of the Nice League. "Out basketball program is for anyone who wishes to get great exercise while having fun and making friends," Alex reiterates.
Of course, they've got a lot of square footage between their gym and fitness center, and not all of it is court space. They also teach a variety of other sports-specific programs, including swimming and wrestling. They focus on a variety of seasonal activities in both summer and winter camps, and even offer general fitness training through one-on-one sessions in their gym.
When she's not running a distressed-animal rescue operation, you'll find Karliin Brooks serving pressed juice and raw, vegan food from the counter of a juice bar or the window of a biodiesel-fueled food truck. The lifetime vegan founded The Squeeze as another search-and-rescue mission of sorts: to save New Yorkers from their own poor dietary habits and the environmental impurities that constantly bombard them. Brooks uses a Norwalk hydraulic juice press to convert unpasteurized produce?which is organic, non-GMO, never frozen, and local wherever possible?into sippable, superfood mixes that aid detoxification and weight-loss efforts. The Norwalk hydraulic juice press preserves live enzymes, minerals, and nutrients to help the body reset and kill cravings.
In addition to tasty, healthful juices, Brooks prepares a full menu of raw and organic breakfast foods, desserts, and savory dishes, including coconut truffles and "moc n' cheese" made with gluten-free pasta. She also promotes individual and planetary wellness via group or private food-prep classes, teaching people how to make "cheese" out of cashews.