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.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build the tot's creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for young ones ranging from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, mobility-enhancing sports classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn, plus all family classes. The month membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule), and you will receive a $25 discount on Gymboree clothing with a $50 purchase.
Smooth Street's instructors are all professional dancers, including Dmitry Chaplin, Karina Smirnoff, and guest instructors Heidi Groskreutz and Kevin Clifton. Personal lessons are available in Latin and ballroom dance in 18 styles—foxtrot, waltz, tango, quick step, Viennese waltz, Argentine tango, rumba, cha-cha, salsa, mambo, samba, merengue, bachata, hustle/disco, paso doble, cumbia, and swing (East Coast, West Coast, lindy, triple step, and single step). No matter which style you choose, the personal attention you'll receive guarantees you'll master sultry steps and move to the beat without wasting time wondering where your toes should go, if your posture is imperfect, or why it's hard to say the alphabet backward. All levels of dancethusiasts are welcome at Smooth Street.
Zen & Yoga's staff leads students of all levels and ages through holistic exercises that incorporate ancient Asian techniques. During the studio's signature Zen & Yoga class, instructors teach a series of Hatha and Vinyasa poses that move energy through key spinal areas known as chakras. Classes are offered to meet any skill level. Beginners may seek to join All-Level Yoga or Yoga I, while more advanced students may join Yoga III or Zen Yoga.
Zen & Yoga's instructors don't limit themselves to just yoga, they also lead Pilates and Hot Pilates classes. The staff also leads specialized workshops and trains new yoga instructors.
With more than 120 classes and a plethora of programs offered each week, the YMCA bolsters bodies with invigorating and enjoyable fitness regimens throughout Manhattan. Aspiring circus strongpersons have their pick from brawn-building courses such as kettlebell for a full flexibility workout, spinning for 45 minutes of fat-burning cardio, and capoeira for winning dance-fights against hard-bargaining local street vendors.
Newcomers might walk into Dance Reverie with two left feet, but they leave with a graceful waltz-tempo spring in their step. Emphasizing a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, instructors lead first-time students through an energetic array of dance styles including tango, swing, fox trot, samba, and merengue. Classes break down each dance into its constituent parts while participants learn with partners or solo. But whether the studio is hosting private lessons or group parties, the enthusiastic staff ensures each experience is as enjoyable as it is educational.