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.
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.
Blink Fitness strives to make habitual exercise a natural, necessary component in its clients? daily lives. It does so by designing clean, practical gyms stripped of gimmicks and frills, stocked with sleek green equipment, and staffed by welcoming, motivating trainers. At each location, guests can choose from more than 150 Life Fitness and Precor machines that dream of boosting someone's strength and cardio capacity. There are other kinds of equipment lying around, too, including free weights, medicine balls, and strongmen willing to be powerlifted. For those who want an inspirational push and a targeted program, 30-minute personal-training sessions can be booked one at a time or in 5- or 10-session packages.
Mitch Lee, founder of Fit Figure Bootcamp, helps women achieve their fitness goals after aided his sister through her own weight loss. His online program challenges them to transform their bodies in 42 days with the help of equipment-free workouts, cardio routines, and fat-blasting Tummy Toner circuits. Women join a private Facebook page where they have access to supplemental training material including a nutrition video tutorial and grocery list as well as an exercise library. Participants can further quench their post-workout thirsts with 20-plus protein smoothie recipes while enlisting 24/7 coaching and support throughout the duration of the bootcamp.