For sensei Vanessa Solis, martial arts teaches more than just kicks and jabs––it opens a pathway for self-improvement. Through traditional Japanese shotokan karate, practitioners balance their mental and physical selves by practicing deep, strong stances; correct posture and alignment; stretching; sparring; and respecting their opponent. Solis not only enjoys practicing shotokan karate's linear movements but also teaching them to children, adults, and families in daily classes, organized by age and favorite Bruce Lee movie. Fitness-based cardio kickboxing and core-strength training sessions round out the class roster, tightening abs and inspiring a healthy sweat.
Retro Fitness, named one of Entrepreneur's Top New Franchises in 2011, unfurls with 13,000 square feet of vintage-styled workout space that leads visitors to physical peaks in a sunny setting marked by red and yellow fitness equipment and an encouraging team of goal-oriented personal trainers. The capacious gym's sound system blasts energetic jams from the '80s and beyond as exercisers hoist weights or watch TV shows on the 17-inch screens affixed to every cardio machine. Classic flicks such as Grease and Ferris Bueller's Day Off claim screen space in the cardio theater, where guests manufacture sweat by pedaling, jogging, and rewinding hundreds of VHS tapes. Checkerboard pathways venture toward the Retro Blends juice bar with baristas who blend made-to-order fruit smoothies using whey protein and yogurt.
A veteran of 10 triathlons, Laurie Parkinson knows the fitness benefits of biking firsthand. At L Train, Laurie and her fellow instructors help students of all skill levels reap those benefits during intensive, bike-fueled cardio workouts. Set to upbeat music, every indoor group cycling class burns fat, increases rider stamina, and improves strength and flexibility. But L Train's workouts aren't confined to Laurie's intimate studio. Her outdoor group rides whisk bikers everywhere from the mansion-lined streets of New Rochelle to the shoreline of Rye, named for the scent of bread lingering over the whole town.
Personal Training Institute built its approach to fitness upon 30 years of medical and scientific research. Designed by exercise physiologists and nutrition experts, the one-on-one programs aim to produce maximum results for each individual?s body type and lifestyle. The staff supplements all of its training with nutritional guidance, further helping clients reach their personal goals?whether they be weight loss, increased strength, or simply improving overall health and stamina.