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.
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
CrossFit newcomers and regulars can work out side-by-side at Crossfit Athletic Co. That's because the studio assigns two coaches to each class, one to instruct beginners and another to push more seasoned CrossFitters to their limit. Regardless of fitness level, however, exercisers should be ready to work. The daily workouts, which consist of functional exercises such as pull-ups, pushups, and throwing things out of rage, are designed to be as intense as exercisers can handle.
The expert instructors at Crossfit 561 are used to intensity; through determination and dedication to the training techniques of CrossFit, one of them even lost more than 160 pounds. His experience left him a CrossFit evangelist; today, he leads students of all fitness levels and backgrounds through the discipline's signature (and ever-changing) Workouts of the Day.