Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Before sisters Erica Whalen and Cynthia Rayner purchased mang'Oh yoga, it was a fledgling yoga studio struggling to find a following. But with determination, a focus on community, and no help from either of their fairy godmothers, the duo transformed it into a haven for Hatha Vinyasa yoga. Now, students practice asanas on its sunlit floors, strengthening their cores as they sync their breath with flowing movements.
These practitioners are not just fortifying their bodies. In keeping with the goal of the studio, they immerse themselves in a holistic approach to health, feeding their minds and spirits through classes and workshops. They can even give back by becoming instructors themselves, thanks to the studio's yoga teacher training.
After serving as a Krav Maga officer for a special-ops unit in the Israeli Defense Forces, Matan Gavish relocated to New York, where he founded Krav Maga Academy. Stateside, Gavish has shared his expertise in the pages of the Washington Post and currently inputs on NYPD Tactics Training Unit and other law enforcement agencies, all while running his Academy full-time.
Krav Maga Academy's curriculum imparts creative strike techniques, defense strategies against chokes and grabs, and methods for neutralizing attackers through a krav maga–centered schedule that also offers separate MMA and Brazilian jiujitsu classes. Beginners taste combat in Level 1 trainings and all-levels classes, and more experienced fighters ramp up their workouts during upper-level classes or sparring sessions.
Sally Blenkey-Tchassova (alias Lady Chardonnay) had a singular vision when she founded Burlesque Bikini Boot Camp: empower women and free them from being overly critical of their bodies. "The essence of burlesque dancing is to have fun, to play a character, and to … express yourself in a different way," she explained in a segment on the Today Show. Her innovative burlesque dancing is grounded in the rigorous technicality of ballet, largely due to her partner Teresa Kliokis (alias Pink Champagne), an acclaimed ballerina, as well as her collection of spinning tops. The two teach sultry moves to female students, blending the duo's diverse backgrounds into a new burlesque dance. The classes are suitable for dancers of all skill levels, and they often end with yogic stretching to relax muscles post workout.
The 24 Hour Fitness on 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan provides an "Ultra Club" workout experience for even the busiest lifestyles. Comprehensive state-of-the-art free weight, cardio and group cycling facilities, along with a heated pool, exercise classes and training sessions leave no excuses for getting into and staying in shape. Much like the larger national chain’s ethos, this local 24 Hour Fitness welcomes all shapes, sizes and ages, with an array of workout regimens to target specific muscle areas, aerobics programs to tone and cardio workouts to boost metabolism, each with varying levels of intensity. Gym rats can relax and detox in one of the saunas and steam rooms, or keep the energy up and stop by the on-site NRGize café, serving fruit smoothies, meal replacements and power shots full of revitalizing vitamins and minerals.