For sensei Julio Rivera, fighting and fitness have always gone hand in hand. After winning a national bodybuilding title at 19, Rivera started to explore martial arts under the guidance of world champion Jack Krystek, eventually earning his black belts in both judo and jiu jitsu. He continues to share that passion for focused fitness at Omni Martial Arts, where he helps his students build muscle and mental focus while maintaining high moral standards. Judo teams master throws, leverage, and body positioning, while MMA classes integrate ground grappling with striking skills to build well-rounded fighters. And whether participants are adults or children, sensei Julio and his fellow instructors ensure they all leave the mat with the poise and strength of a genteel puma.
Located inside Club Fitness New York, Infinity Day Spa evokes Mother Nature’s warm embrace with its sand-colored walls and plentiful decorative foliage, creating a tranquil retreat for those seeking relaxation and beautification. In separate treatment rooms dedicated to different services, guests can leave their stresses behind with the help of massages and essential oils, or achieve their desired shade of bronze in UV tanning booths. The spa’s multitalented beauticians ensure that skin stays soft to the touch with cleansing facials, and doll up hands and feet with manicures, pedicures, and Cabbage Patch clothes. While waiting for their appointments, guests can sit in the elevated spa deck and get a bird’s-eye view of the gym’s happenings.
Life Health & Fitness packs a single floor with endless aisles of strength and cardio equipment complemented by pristine locker facilities and expansive group fitness studios. During 15 different group fitness classes, including Zumba, Pilates, yoga, and indoor cycling, instructors whip bodies into shape in motivating, high-energy settings. Meanwhile, motivating coaches help guests slim physiques or build up muscle bulk during personal-training sessions. After sweating off inches from the waistline, guests can unwind or hone their Smokey Robinson impression in the private showers before drying off by way of locker-room towel service.
Yoga Studio 6 LIC's experienced instructors bend over backwards to demonstrate a variety of Eastern styles in a cozy setting, from gentle restorative sessions to rigorous yoga-core workouts. The studio's schedule affords ample opportunity to flex with the Vinyasa flow moderate class, where breath syncs up with flowing postures and a fleet of interstellar satellites, and the gentle restorative-yoga session, which clears the mind with easy-going poses. Stretchers can work up a sweat in the energetic yoga-core classes, intensify yogic routines with the physically demanding Jivamukti practice, or learn foundational poses in a yoga-basics session, designed to turn humans into pretzels and pretzels into M. Night Shyamalan's pretzels. Warm saffron walls, shining hardwood floors, and jewel-tone hangings make Yoga Studio 6 LIC a calming venue for stamina building and karmic cleansing.
Today's Groupon is good for 10 days of unlimited, regularly scheduled yoga and/or Pilates mat classes. Multiple levels and styles of classes, including Bikram style hot yoga, Vinyasa flow, Anusara, and hot-yoga fusion, are available to help any seasoned stretcher or malleable beginner stretch and bend until he or she is picking up sidewalk quarters with ease. Pilates mat classes, which focus on core conditioning and help improve coordination, flexibility, and balance, are also offered on a flexible schedule based on drop-in availability (you must bring your own mat for yoga and Pilates mat classes, or you can rent them at The Yoga Room for $2 per class).
Named after the Sanskrit word that signifies wisdom, Bodhi Fitness Center helps clients live long, lean lives by providing access to a clean and relaxing fitness center, inspiring exercise classes, and certified trainers who espouse healthy lifestyles. In addition to housing spin bikes, Stairmasters, and rubber-coated free weights, the gym teems with high-tech perks including XM Satellite Radio and a computer for checking email. Equipped with touchscreens and USB storage, Life Fitness treadmills let guests track their progress in real time, and LCD TVs help gym-goers draw inspiration from the outside world as they attempt to imitate the agile sprints of cheetahs and the herculean lifts of television's hottest fruitcake bakers. Taught by certified trainers and other seasoned staff, fitness classes range from sultry belly-dance lessons and calming yoga sessions to Zumba, a class that imparts aerobic hip-swivels to Latin-inspired music, helping students dance away calories and intimidate gangs of nefarious hula hoopers. Hot showers and chilly juice-bar treats also invite members to linger longer as they unwind and refuel after intense workouts (price of drinks not included in today's Groupon).