Equipment: TRX Suspension Trainer, Lebert Equalizers, Kettlebell, Dumbbells, Conditioning Ropes
Students should bring: Exercise Mat
Average class length: 50-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Wear appropriate exercise attire including sneakers
The founder of Invest In Your Body describes the program as a place for transformation. Your fitness level and experience don't matter, our only requirement is the desire to improve; rather, the trainers welcome anyone ready to make a commitment and encourage others in the community. They provide members with all of the exercises on any given day, using everything from TRX suspension harnesses and kettlebells to good old-fashioned crunches, which were once the only way to break out of a corset. Mostly, though, they provide motivation, whether in the form of upbeat music or modifications and encouragement.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Living Yoga helps students of all skill levels foster development of mind and body with expert instruction and a number of different class styles. The charming, nearly century-old multiroom studio is an ideal space for casting off the worries of the day with invigorating exercises and healthy breathing techniques. Its diverse schedule accommodates morning benders, afternoon mat masters, and evening exercisers who spend all morning and afternoon hunting for prizes in boxes of breakfast cereal.
At Preferred Dental Spa, tooth whisperers apply a specialty Zoom! gel onto chompers, which then bathe in focused, intense light in three 15-minute cycles. The 45-minute service causes minimal discomfort, if any, and brightens teeth up to eight shades more efficiently than holding a flashlight between teeth. Zoom! reports that with careful upkeep, results can last for years.
In the 1989 classic Say Anything, Lloyd Dobler declared kickboxing "the sport of the future." At Fitness Kickboxing's four locations, the future is now. Unlike Lloyd's quest for combat excellence, the students at these gyms dedicate themselves to a more peaceful goal: physical fitness. Instead of sparring with an opponent, they take their frustrations out on heavy bags, striking and kicking their way toward increased fitness and decreased poundage.
The instructors at Queens Dance School aim to make fitness fun for kids and teenagers with a variety of dance classes, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and break dance. Along with learning new dance moves, students increase their strength and flexibility and learn about the importance of a balanced diet.