Trainers and professional athletes Peter and Lisa chaperone clients to fitness with a quintet of weekly classes taught atop PC Health & Energia studio’s brightly light parquet floor space. Chisel curves during a Beach Body session, which wields light weights and anvil-filled beach balls to firm the body as exercisers engage in mat work and lengthening movements. For a fiery endurance test, Hardcore Cardio Challenge tests the ticker while toning the core. Former dancer Peter adds extra spice with his personally designed Ballet Muscle class, during which students tone with the aid of a barre. PC Health also hosts an abdominals-only lesson and a total body-conditioning course to round out their firm, fit milieu.
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.
Although yoga practice and the business world seem like two entirely separate spheres, Wendy Vigroux has been living at their intersection for years. While working in finance in Europe, she stumbled upon yoga upon returning to America and fell into the practice. Within a year she snatched up her instructors certification, levitated to New York, and started her own yoga studio.
The studio fosters unity with an all-inclusive environment that welcomes practitioners of all abilities to meditate along to gentle beginner classes, or push their boundaries during advanced Vinyasa sessions with aerobic elements. Workshops, such as Sanskrit and Uncovering the Power of Your Voice, take a closer look at particular points of yoga, blending the academic exploration of Sanskrit vowels and the Vedas with focused asanas.
After their own transformative journeys, Lindsay Malejko and Mayuri Gonzalez decided they wanted to help others strengthen the mind-body connection through yoga and meditation. At Prasanthi Studio, Mayuri teaches children's yoga, adult yoga, dance yoga, and meditation, while Lindsay leads adult yoga and dietary wellness programs. Working to help each client develop healthy habits, the women educate visitors on everything from sun salutations to vegan dinners to giving dying plants CPR. The full schedule offers a wide variety of classes, including soothing candlelight yoga, beginner's Vinyasa yoga, meditation, and core-toning Pilates.
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.
The instructors at Premier Martial Arts are not only passionate about teaching martial arts and fitness, they're also graduates of a rigorous training process. Premier Martial Arts requires all of its teachers to not only complete their own basic training, but to receive 40 hours of continuing martial-arts and instructor-education classes yearly. This ensures that all classes are of the highest quality, whether they be krav maga, kickboxing, or jujitsu. They also extend their learning to students of all ages, starting with classes for kids aged 5–12 and continuing through adults.