Intense music lulls fitness-seekers into "the zone" as they pedal furiously in the low-lit workout room at Rev Ryder. As they cycle for 55 full minutes, they burn calories and get their hearts racing for a better cardio workout than watching the scary parts of The Exorcist over and over again.
Solars Sports Clubs has fitness fanatics of all stripes covered, offering amenities that range from the parquet of the basketball court and the hardened evergreen of the tennis courts to rows of weight machines and the whirr of the smoothie bar. Group classes whip participants into shape, whether it's heart-pumping belly dancing or spin classes that encourage cyclists to workout without having to share the road with reckless turtles. Solaris also offers kids classes and summer camps, getting little ones off the couch and into action while honing their sports skills.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Barry Coleman studied the sciences of kinesis and indoor cycling separately, before deciding to combine the two into a single full-body form of exercise at Spinsational Fitness Studio. Beyond the gym's green awnings stand rooms packed from wall to wall with stationary bikes, ready to bear riders on a journey to better fitness. Some rooms remain conspicuously empty of the equipment, more frequently used for Bokwa and jump rope classes. Barry fuels each form of exercise with complimentary waters and fresh pieces of fruit for all his students.
Barry's classes don't just lead to better health for his clients, though. He gives back to the community by hosting events like the Briarcliff Cancer Spinathon, organized by 13-year-old Jordana Cohen to replace the Pediatric Cancer Club's cancelled annual bike-a-thon to raise money for cancer research.
Even with more than 20 years of teaching experience behind her, Robin Bray continues to broaden her understanding of core-conditioning techniques and mind-body work. She brings her continually expanding knowledge to Fitness Barre, where she helps students of all ages and fitness levels develop stronger, leaner, and more toned bodies over time.
The boutique fitness studio embraces barre-style workouts, which combine elements of core-strengthening exercises, Pilates, yoga, orthopedic stretching, and isometric movements alongside a ballet barre to create a low-impact exercise regimen for the entire body. Over the course of 60 minutes, students will perform sequences of small, controlled movements followed by deep, sustained stretches. Instructors may incorporate light weights into the class and more advanced sessions intensify the challenge by proceeding at a more rigorous pace.
One can look behind every stationary bike or beneath each treadmill, and never come across a man at American Woman Fitness Center. They will, however, find a swimming pool, rows of cardio machines, and a studio that hosts more than 50 fitness classes. Because the health club only admits women at its two locations, gals can feel more comfortable and confident as they break a sweat on elliptical machines and weight-training equipment.
The all-female staff leads a slew of group fitness classes, including CrossFit, Corebar training, Zumba, and yoga classes, some of which take place in the swimming pool and can result in highly desirable dolphin abs. In addition to classes, they offer personal-training sessions along with weight-loss and nutritional counseling tailored to female physiques. Clients can also monitor their children in the childcare area via TV screens while they work out in cardio or group fitness areas.