Eloise Zeeman, ERYT-500, fought her way back to good health from two car accidents and found herself counting her blessings. The injuries she sustained from each were serious, but not as serious as they would have been had Eloise not already been a dedicated yoga practitioner. Instead of waiting for healing to begin, she enacted it herself by meditating, visualizing, and stretching in her hospital bed. She began her studies in 1993 in Siddha Yoga, under Swami Ganapati Ganesh and attended Sri Dharma Mittra's 200 and 500 hour programs. At Karuna Yoga Center, Eloise shares the same healing practices with those seeking physical or spiritual relief through Restorative and Vinyasa yoga classes.
Multiple studios—some with tiled floor, some with hardwood floor, and all with expansive mirrors—serve as the workout spaces for NY Studio Fitness. Inside each room, instructors guide students through Zumba dance moves while high-energy international tunes pump through the sound system. Instructors also combine yoga and Pilates techniques during blended Yogalates classes.
Personal-training sessions at Gate Fitness push clients to develop the skills they need to reach goals such as prepping for a marathon, dropping pounds, or building muscles. The trainers also bring individuals into a supportive group setting with classes that include Zumba, pole fitness, or leap frog.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Equipment: Matrix, Star Trac, Precor, Magnum, free weights, cardio
Students should bring: Towel and bottle water
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Family-friendly atmosphere