"Tough, but doable." That's how ACE- and AFAA-certified trainer Tara Faye described her teaching style to GoRecess Playground in July 2012, nearly two months after becoming the sole owner of PNT Fitness. There, she and her staff lead high intensity and high energy classes such as Insane Kickbox Camp, Sweat Shop, and A Vicious Cycle, which uses Schwinn stationary bikes. For more communal workouts, they also host a monthly Workout & Wine class that allows exercisers to hang out with their classmates and bench-press barrels of wine after class, a feature that got the class a shout out as one of CBS New York's 6 Best Fitness Classes for a New Year's Resolution. And although PNT Fitness' group classes have received most of the press, the studio also offers personal training that includes nutrition counseling, toning, and agility training as part of a personalized training program.
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.
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).
Among the artistic beliefs held by Resobox founder Fumio Tashiro, not all Japanese art has to be made in Japan. As he has experienced it, Japanese art can be made by Japanese expats such as himself, foreigners inspired by Japanese culture, or students in Resobox’s classes, which teach Japanese arts such as ink painting and manga cartooning. Tashiro, a composer and stand-up bassist, encourages collaboration between artists in all these categories within his space, often becoming a breeding ground for art projects that start conversations on Japan or evoke its culture. Resobox also honors the country with classes in classical dances and iaido, the art of wielding a samurai sword correctly rather than just braiding it into your hair. The house café’s offerings also showcase Japanese cuisine, with bento boxes of broiled and salted yellowtail, stir-fried shrimp, inari sushi, and other delicacies, plus Japanese Nel Drip Coffee crafted with flannel filters.
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