The stitching that unites the iconic "N" and "Y" on each Yankees cap also threads together a legacy that stretches back more than a century. Cemented by 27 World Series titles, 40 American League pennants, and a total of 43 alumni in the Baseball Hall of Fame, that legacy has been built on winning, resulting in, among other legends, a batting lineup forever nicknamed "Murderer's Row" and a regular Joe transformed into a joltin' hero.
From 1923 to 2008, the team called the original Yankee Stadium—the "House That Ruth Built"—home, making it a daunting task indeed to move 85 years of tradition into a new park without erasing the tracks of history or disturbing the scoreboard's mysterious hieroglyphics. Yet today, the Bronx breezes waft the scent of polyester pinstripes up to the 50,287 blue seats peppering a new facility—christened, appropriately enough, with a world championship in 2009. Even with its up-to-date amenities, including a mammoth 101-foot-wide LED screen towering above center field, the current Yankee Stadium stands as a reminder of the past—especially in Monument Park, where fans can soak up the club's storied saga up until 45 minutes prior to each game.
At CrossFit SoBro, newcomers rest assured knowing they?re safe in the hands of owner Roberto Murichi, who brings CrossFit first-timers into the fold with detailed, progressive instruction adaptable to all fitness levels. The former Marine leads a team of instructors who emphasize CrossFit?s main tenets of power, speed, coordination, and agility; balancing this with an emphasis on teamwork and fostering a positive atmosphere. Classes forge well-rounded athletes through an emphasis on high-intensity, constantly varied workouts that integrate powerlifting with plyometrics, sprints, gymnastics, and kettlebells. CrossFitters also blend tabata training workouts, which emphasize eight-interval couplets made up of twenty seconds of furious work and ten seconds of rest.
After a young life full of soccer, gymnastics, and baseball, Carlos Sanchez found himself sitting behind a desk in an office. His constantly recumbent position—combined with eating at office parties and a lack of exercise outside of work—led him to pack on a few pounds. One summer afternoon, he realized he was embarrassed to take his shirt off at the beach, and he vowed to transform himself. Carlos found his own journey to getting in shape to be so exciting that he realized he wanted to do the same thing for others. He became a certified CrossFit trainer and founded Unlimited Strength Athletics to help others achieve the physical fitness and confidence they desire.
While deployed to Kandahar with NATO, Spuyten Duyvil CrossFit's trainer led CrossFit sessions for diverse pupils ranging from special-forces members to civilian contractors. Now, his lessons bring that same intensity and focus to Stateside clients of all ages and experience levels. Each day, his workouts include a new variety of challenges, all scalable to individual fitness capabilities.
For Kristina Perez, every Zumba class feels like a party. At Tori Dance studio, she teaches the high-energy Latin?inspired dance classes to novice and experienced dancers alike in order to help students shed pounds and gain confidence in their bodies.
Brazilian Jujitsu dominates mixed-martial-arts competitions and has captured the imaginations of hundreds of aspiring fighters, including Tito Hatz, the head instructor and current owner of East Coast United. To hone his skills, Tito travelled to Brazil to train under members of the Gracie family, the clan credited with originating modern Brazilian Jujitsu. As an instructor, he believes in sculpting bodies of all ages and genders into the physiques of elite athletes. Students at his gym grapple through the traditional exercises of Brazilian Jujitsu or pummel unseen opponents with the lightning foot, fist, elbow, and knee strikes of muay thai kickboxing. Those interested in professional fighting undertake training in a blend of the two arts in mixed-martial-arts classes. Certified yoga instructor Maywatte Hartz teaches relaxation and mental focus in her Vinyasa yoga classes, which focus on mastering deep breathing and flowing movements.