Facilities at the more family-orientated Powerhouse Gym and Family Fitness enlist nurturing personal trainers to man their workout floors and group classes, which run the gamut from intense Les Mills routines to rhythm-fueled Zumba sessions. In line with the Powerhouse Gym credo, employees strive to foster each member's individual strength, whether they want to complete a single pull-up or do so while dangling from the tusk of an enraged mammoth. To make working out more enjoyable and convenient, amenities such as mounted TVs and childcare stations might complement the throngs of cardio and strength machinery at varying locations.
For more than two decades, artists of all ages have congregated at Studio E, ranging from 3-year-olds learning to cut and glue to the professional artists leading lessons. Sprawled across 2,000 square feet, the studio hosts classes on visual-art fundamentals for kids, tweens, teens, and adults in media such as ceramics, painting, and collage. Individualized lesson plans are catered to the unique needs of each student. Guests are required to commit to consecutive week sessions when taking multiple classes. Two excused absences are permitted for 8-week sessions and 1 excused absence is permitted for 4-week sessions.
Self-improvement is a highly personalized goal that can take any number of approaches to achieve. Satya Yoga & Pilates attempts to incorporate as many of these approaches as possible, giving students the means to relieve stress, become more physically fit, or bolster their holistic well-being. There, students can design their own well-rounded workout regimen that emphasizes physical as well as mental health through yoga and Pilates instruction.
The yoga classes exemplify this flexibility through dynamic Vinyasa lessons that link poses to create seamlessly flowing sequences as well as gentler workouts that emphasize deeper, controlled stretching. Regardless of style, advanced yoga lessons continue to challenge attendees by introducing inverted poses, breathing techniques, and sudden-death overtime. Although Pilates focuses a bit more on building core strength, the sessions also emphasize the importance of measured breathing and controlled, mindful movements.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
At Lil Diva's Spa, the beauty experts give spa services a kid-friendly twist. That means candy-scented manicures, cupcake-scented facials, and glittery princess tattoos?temporary, of course. Swaddled in plush robes, youngsters enjoy these treatments at spa parties or as part of more intimate experiences, like a BFF package designed for two girls. Regardless of the size of the crowd, the stylists show kids how fun it can be to take care of yourself, while emphasizing that looks are never more important than your personality or your bandaid collection.