New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
Yoga Nanda schedules more than 40 classes a week in a variety of yoga styles, including Hatha flow, kids yoga, prenatal yoga, and Vinyasa flow. Classes are taught by highly knowledgeable and dedicated instructors, many of whom have studied yoga in India.
Open 24 hours a day, XSport Fitness gilds pallid patrons with sunless Mystic Tan at the Falls Church location and VersaSpa systems at the Alexandria location as well as regularly re-lamped UV beds. With Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tan sessions, unstained patrons stand in private booths while a moisturizing mist sweeps over the skin, bestowing the body with the healthy golden glow of a Spanish doubloon polished up for a night on the town. In about two minutes, airbrushes apply a natural tone that can be customized according to body size, skin type, and desired color. The formula imbues epidermises with bronze, line-free tans without the hassle of spending all summer loitering around sandcastle hard-hat zones.
Amid the ample restaurants and shopping of Roosevelt Field mall sits The Cactus Academy- A Paul Mitchell Partner School, an over 20,000-square-foot cosmetology mecca where experienced cosmetology instructors help students perfect their skills. Guests to the academy's student salon can seek out the talents of fledgling stylists for a haircut, blowout, or multidimensional color, all performed under the watchful eyes of helpful mentors. The academy also gives back to the community through its annual fundraising campaign, which benefits multiple local and national charities.
The sultry air in Hot Yoga 4 You Carle Place's studio sinks deep into muscles, wrapping around limbs and permeating joints, warming bodies in preparation for 60 minutes of spectacularly challenging yoga. Students of all fitness levels either learn or perfect the 26 poses and two breathing exercises as an instructor guides each standing or seated motion with demonstration, verbal cues, and physical adjustments. While the intense heat may cause new students to feel a little lightheaded and long for the return of January during their first class, over time, practicing in elevated temperatures helps safely loosen muscles for balances, twists, and binds while expelling harmful toxins from the body through sweating.
Cultural Arts Playhouse has been fostering the development of up-and-coming actors for more than 15 years. At its Musical Theatre and Acting Academy, students from 1st–12th grade hone their on-stage skills by taking classes on singing, acting, and improvisation under the tutelage of an experienced teacher. Kids get to show off these skills in full theatrical productions, with main-stage shows opening up auditions to the entire community so people can see their neighbors' acting chops and dusted-off fake skulls. Cultural Arts Playhouse alumni have found success in New York and throughout the country, appearing in HBO's The Sopranos, and such Broadway productions as Les Miserables and Aladdin.