When students first step through the doors of Gloria Francis School of Make-up Artistry, they might only possess a basic knowledge of beauty treatments. When they leave their final classes, however, they're equipped with a deep knowledge of purifying skincare techniques, 3D nail-art designs, waxing methods, and other aesthetic skills. The school's most advanced students share their newfound talents with clients in the senior clinic, which simulates a beauty salon.
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.
Ultimate Gym's trainers first kicked open its doors in 1986, and their no-nonsense attitude toward hard work and smart training have endured since then. Trainers challenge students through cardio and muscle-toning drills in boot camps, yoga, and Zumba sessions, and a staff, led by coach Billy Reuter, uploads self-defense maneuvers into feet and fists in their Ultimate Fighting Solutions classes for kids and adults. Layered on a foundation of Krav Maga, which was developed and battlefield tested by the Israeli Defense Forces, the system blends moves from across the martial-arts spectrum to train people to defend against real-world scenarios. After churning out new muscles, guests can visit the onsite chiropractor to manage pain, recover from an injury, and turn their heads back toward the front after a boxing match.
Not everyone who walks into a gym has the same fitness goal. Some might desire a total-body transformation, while others might just be looking to break out of a workout rut with a new class. Tropical Fitness understands this, and thus caters to both ends of the exercise spectrum. The center's weight-loss program includes a trainer and a nutritionist, ideal for members who are trying to lose major pounds. Members also gain access to top-of-the-line fitness equipment and group classes ranging from cycling to yoga.