First a teacher, and then a stay-at-home mom, Melissa Spredemann turned to indoor cycling to help her get into shape. With 12 years of experience under her belt, she decided to become certified to teach others the exercise form she loved so much. Just one year into teaching, she knew she wanted to pursue her passion full-time, so she opened Velocity Cycling Studio to share stationary cycling's benefits with others. She handpicked a team of instructors, each chosen for their commitment, enthusiasm, and innate ability to bike while not covering any distance. Melissa made the conscious decision to open a niche gym, focusing on indoor cycling and only indoor cycling. In the studio, an army of Spinner NXT bikes with SPD clips seats students as they bike through poses, drills, and movements designed to mimic outdoor riding. Thumping tunes pump up pupils as they ride, keeping them motivated to pedal to the upbeat tempos. Unlike big-box gyms and arranged friendships, Velocity Cycling Studio never requires a contract—guests simply pay per ride.
In 1947, on New York City's Park Avenue, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio—cofounded by the eponymous toe tapper himself—opened its doors to the public. More than six decades later, now boasting schools across North America, the dancing institution still adheres to the legendary Mr. Astaire's curriculum and instruction techniques.
Specializing in social ballroom and competitive dances, the schools' current consortium of professional instructors shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through dance lessons that span from classic ballroom and foxtrot romps to the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. In addition to classes, the studio hosts social practice parties where up to 40 students hone newly acquired rug-cutting capabilities. As foot-charming music blares from the speakers, instructors work to cultivate a lively social setting where each guest can dance, mingle, and surgically correct their second left foot without fear of embarrassment.
Elite Sports Clubs and its staff of smash-savvy, nationally experienced tennis pros can turn any mechanical stroke into fluid forearmed success on one of more than 30 well-maintained indoor and outdoor training courts. For players seeking to get back into the game or meet the game for the first time, an instructor will spare no bead of sweat breaking down the basics in a comprehensive fashion. Semi-private lessons are limited to two to four students ($30, four players; $35, three players; $40, two players), which means all practitioners develop a variety of techniques in the atmosphere of constant feedback and encouragement. All lessons must be scheduled in advance online. Students can either provide their own racquet or purchase one on-site.
Featured by the Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery, Solaris Medical Spa harbors a staff of professionals well versed in age-battling skin treatments. Patrons seeking a newly polished opera mask can entrust their countenances to the adroit hands of board-certified physician and pharmacist Dr. Marsha Davis. The anti-aging facial smooths skin and discourages wrinkles caused by squinting at the pool-noodle-riddled surface of Loch Ness (a $90 value). Opt for a one-hour deep pore facial to ferret out obstinate blackheads (a $90 value), or choose an exfoliating facial (a $90 value) to eradicate patches of desert from the visage biome. Personalized chemical peels can curtail the signs of acne, sun damage, and fine lines ($70–$90). Depending on the type of peel, clients may need little to no downtime before they can test their results by joining a local porcupine-nuzzling tournament.
Founder and CEO Allison Beardsley's passion for Pilates sparked after struggling to find exercise that would not aggravate her basketball-related ailments. The discovery that the efficient resistance moves helped her to develop a strong core without subjecting her joints to pain inspired her to spread the word of Pilates's benefits to others, which she does from 18 clean and sunny Club Pilates?studio locations. A team of certified instructors teaches the group classes, which are designed to strengthen, tighten, and tone the entire body. The staff leads students through controlled movements and breathing techniques performed on specialized Pilates machines, such as the Reformer, a Pilates ballet barre, and retired kitchen chairs. To ensure each patron can craft a well-rounded workout regimen that suits his or her needs, the studios offer stretching and sculpting classes that touch upon a variety of fitness modalities.
Strive Yoga's team of certified instructors lead a seven-day schedule of heated power-Vinyasa classes. Unlike other styles of yoga that follow a set series of poses and require students know the secret handshake to practice, the power-Vinyasa routine varies from class to class depending on each instructor's expertise and teaching style. The studio's balmy heat further enhances the empowering postures, helping students of all experience and fitness levels hone strength, balance, and flexibility.