At D.A.S. Fitness Center, a training space shared by a group of Golden Glove-winning professional boxers, a team of seasoned instructors further fighters’ knowledge of the pugilistic arts. Besides expert instruction, the gym offers a host of different training spaces and equipment, including heavy and speed bags, wrestling mats, and a boxing ring.
Registered yoga teacher and founder Giovanna Rogow has been helping practitioners from all walks of life foster connections between the mind, body, and spirit in Zomoti's newly renovated studio. Her team of experienced instructors, all of whom are certified at at least the 200-hour level, leads 10 different class styles, teaching strengthening power yoga, Vinyasa flow fundamentals, and Zomoti soothing yoga, designed to relax the body and mind with meditative postures and comforting hugs from supportive mats.
Ann Kamhi Toran credits Pilates practice with saving her dancing career. After a major back injury threatened her ability to continue performing, Ann devoted herself to Pilates, and the exercises helped rehabilitate her body so effectively that she was eventually promoted to soloist after recovering. Although she stopped professionally dancing more than 20 years ago, Ann still practices Pilates daily.
Ann’s husband, Dr. Errol Toran, also is a believer in the rejuvenating capabilities of Pilates, and he suggested it to his chiropractic patients, incorporating the exercises into their physical rehabilitation. Together, Ann and Dr. Toran decided to create a studio that shared these benefits with the general public, introducing the time-honored exercise techniques that improve posture and build lean, toned muscles.
The studio boasts four locations throughout the New York area, each featuring an arsenal of traditional Pilates equipment. The signature apparatus, the Reformer, generates gentle resistance with a system of springs, pulleys, and miniature black holes. Students push and pull against this resistance while performing sequences of relatively simple movements that require unwavering mental focus to maintain the ideal technique and alignment. By emphasizing controlled, quality movements over flailing your body against a boulder, Pilates exercises can evenly tone muscles across the entire body, with a particular emphasis on the core muscle groups.
Ann and Dr. Toran encourage their instructors to take initiative when leading classes and tailor the pacing or sequence to accommodate students, but each studio does host sessions for particular skill levels. Introductory and Level 1 classes work to develop form and technique, whereas the more advanced sessions begin to include modified exercises or long-division flashcards to ensure a more challenging workout.
Sometimes more is actually more. This is certainly true at The Club of Riverdale, where a 110,000 square feet complex houses an eclectic array of amenities, from six indoor tennis courts to a 25-meter Olympic pool to a spa that is home to six styles of massage. Out of all the sports available at the multi-sport facility, the coaching team specializes in tennis and golf. Racket-wielders can perfect their serves and back-hands in private lessons, beginners’ clinics, and group drills. Meanwhile, golfers train during camps, jaunts in the golf simulator, and with K-vest three-dimensional analysis, which helps clients optimize their swings and stop bribing their ball before each game. An array of workout classes rounds out the gym’s offerings, covering modalities such as Pilates, yoga, and tai-chi.
The clean, spacious facilities at J's Big Gym reshape fitness fans of all ages, abilities, and schedules seven days a week. Rows of cardio machines, muscle-building strength equipment, and daily group classes populate the approximately 15,000-square-foot facility, allowing guests to break a sweat to the soundtrack of a happily beeping machines or strong-but-silent dumbbells. Professional muscle molders lead an array of group classes such as hip-swirling Latin dancing, total body sculpting, and aero boxing, a mix of aerobics and strength training that powers up muscles in time for no-gravity stair-climbing matches. Though not included in this Groupon price, J's Big Gym's other amenities include a juice bar, stocked with salads, wraps, smoothies, and protein shakes, a muscle-soothing spa, and also Higher Level Tattoo Studio, ideal for patrons in need of a post-workout bicep-inking of biceps.
Bikram Yoga Bronx and Yorktown offers students 38 weekly classes. While you move through 26 poses in 90 minutes, the temperature holds steady at 104 degrees to keep muscles limber and slow-cook any nearby pork roasts. Once class is over, you can hit the studio's showers before heading back outside, detoxified and revitalized.