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 nonprofit Asphalt Green keeps children, teens, and adults in shape with an array of fitness, swim, and sports activities and programs. Members enjoy full access to a 15,000-square-foot duplex fitness center lined with Precor and Technogym equipment, including treadmills and ellipticals with built-in TV screens. In the gym's weightlifting area, patrons can take a breather between reps as they gaze at picturesque views from the gym’s adjoining roof deck. Swimmers of all abilities glide through the 50-meter Olympic-sized pool, once home to Olympic bronze medalist Lia Neal and currently the home of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Those opting for fitness classes can choose from 80 different sessions weekly—from Zumba and Pilates to martial arts to swimming. The gym also offers training programs and seminars for triathletes, a variety of community outreach programs including adaptive swim for veterans, and kid-focused summer and sport camps to keep young ones from making bad decisions, such as using chewing gum to plug up holes in dams. Patrons can also take advantage of the center’s babysitting services, which are open to children ages 6 months to 6 years.
On Valentine's Day weekend, more than a dozen cities across the world band together to support the Children's Tumor Foundation during Cupid's Undie Run. Whether they live in sunny Australia or the chilly American Midwest, participants strip down to their underwear for an approximately 1.5-mile race, propelled toward the finish line by a charitable spirit and the fear that Cupid will reprimand non-runners with poison-ivy-tipped arrows. Runners have a chance to win MP3 players, free drinks, and romantic getaways, and 100% of funds raised benefit the Children's Tumor Foundation.
Billed as "the United Nations of Beer," the eighth-annual Great World Beer Festival (a.k.a. Brewtopia) showcases brews from around the world, allowing barley buffs to taste to their liver's content without need for a translator. With your ticket, you'll get a souvenir tasting glass, plus unlimited sampling of brews from more than 50 domestic and international breweries. Lap up the taste-bud-reviving ales and stouts of California's Stone Brewing Co., or sip on the irresistible elixirs from Vermont's Magic Hat. Lederhosen-wearing lion tamers can crack the whip at Bavarian Weissbier from Hofbräu München, and Asian-beer buffs can try China's Yanjing Beer. Along the way, food vendors, such as Helmut's Bratwurst and Pretzels and Phil's Philly Steak Sandwiches, will pair tasty brews with equally flavorful eats.
As part of the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, located at the historic Chelsea Piers, the Golf Club perches over the same port that once welcomed ships into New York City. Now, golfers tee up in the driving range's 52 heated and weather-protected stalls, which overlook the glinting waters of the Hudson River. Automatic tee-up systems position balls for launch across the 200-yard, net-enclosed fairway. A putting green allows patrons to improve their short game, and two Full Swing simulators encourage them to take hacks in virtual environs, transporting them to famous courses across the country or fifth-grade birthday parties where they missed the piñata.
Children and adults alike can enlist in Golf Club at Chelsea Piers’ classes, which stratify students by experience level. The 12-member coaching staff includes PGA and LPGA professionals, and sessions take place in a 2,000-square-foot teaching facility.
An intense workout can lead to an endorphin rush. Members of Sky Club Fitness & Spa get this rush—along with a rush from elevation—every time they work out near a window. That's because the gym looks out over the New York City skyline.
This epic vista follows them as they step out onto the sky deck to lounge in the sun or grab a bite to eat at the café. On the top floor, windows peek out at the horizon near an Olympic-size saltwater pool. In the lower floors, members work out on rows of cardio machines and free weights—alone, with friends, or under the guidance of a personal trainer. They also forge muscles during group fitness classes that range from cycling to boxing and unpacking heavy boxes. After a tough workout, they gather quietly in the European bath to detox or ease their lactic acid buildup with a massage.
The trainers at K-Fitness & Athletic Performance seek to build overall athleticism in athletes and civilians with group and individual boot camps and training. Their training method encompasses a specialized program consisting of movement, weight-room training, core conditioning, prehab, sports massage, pool exercise, nutrition, regeneration, stretching, and mental conditioning. By having athletes perform exercises such as weightlifting, agility training, and sled pulling and pushing, trainers help them make improvements in areas such as speed, agility, vertical leap, power, and top speed.