Any good gym blurs the line between exercise and fun. But at BK Cycle, one might confuse working out with going to a club. Energetic music plays during all classes, which take place from early morning to late evening. As the beats echo throughout the room, enthusiastic teachers pump up students to pedal faster and harder on their stationary bikes. The exuberant exercise gives an intense cardiovascular workout and helps burn calories more effectively than throwing a Big Mac into a bonfire.
Unappealing weather shouldn’t stop you from being able to ride your bike. At Cranx Bike Park, jumps, twisty trails, wall rides, vert ramps, and more combine to create the elaborate 90,000-square-foot year-round facility. Riders can embolden their skills at the beginners’ area, intermediate jump space, or expert jump finish. Cyclists also can launch into a foam pit while perfecting aerial tricks or seesaw up and down the halfpipe. Visitors can hold private parties, have kids day camps, birthday parties, corporate events, or partake in lessons; or rent bikes, helmets, and pads all year long. A new outdoor area will open on June 15th.
From the road, passing cyclists glimpse rows of grapevines stretching across gently sloped hills and converging at the horizon under a beaming midday sun. The scene could easily be mistaken for Northern California or another storied wine-producing region, but it's how a normal day looks around Long Island’s North Fork area, where more than 50 wineries call the rolling vineyards their home.
Guides at Vintage Bicycle Tours bring two-wheeled travelers into the heart of the area’s wineries—as well as its many farm stands, boutiques, and views of Peconic Bay—through their signature bike tours and customizable à la carte tours. Passionate about both wine and cycling, guides supply visitors with thirst-quenching narration and all equipment, including a choice of Kent tandem comfort bikes for two or Diamondback mountain-comfort hybrid cycles. Alternatively, Vintage Bicycle Tours permits riders to bring their own bikes or all-terrain unicycles.
The skateboard and snowboard pros at Homage Brooklyn prepare customers for everyday and extreme daredevilry with boarding paraphernalia as well as private and group lessons. Customers can glide across smooth pavement on a brand-new skateboard ($80–$365), or revive an ailing contraption with fresh wheels ($30–$120) or a state-of-the-art sidecar. Precision tune-ups ($20+) prime snowboards for a season of snow skimming, and protective goggles ($60–$220) shield eyes from downhill onslaughts of flurrying flakes. Racks of boarding apparel ($20–$98) and accessories ($18–$36) ornament bodies in the theme of a favorite brand or famous snowman. Homage Brooklyn also hosts private ($60–$75/hour) and group ($30/hour) skateboarding lessons to populate streets with riders skilled in the art of wheeled movement.
The Gym of Armonk’s body-sculpting bastion boasts more than 100 scheduled classes per week and a refined range of gym equipment. A one-month membership (a $140 value) includes unlimited access to group gatherings of cross-training and strength-building sessions that bolster biological burning capabilities while lessening guilt stemming from recent Hot Fries binges. Sage yoga gatherings strengthen cores to steel, and spinning classes challenge participants to maintain a target heart rate while grinding their gears on stationary bikes. Sweat stars looking to explore more solitary fitness regimes have full rein over a range of gym equipment, including elliptical machines, treadmills, weights, and basketball courts for schooling retired astronauts during games of moon ball.
At Cycle Evolution, fitness instructors lead groups during high-energy sessions aboard RealRyder indoor cycling bikes. Equipped with CoreBalance technology, RealRyder bikes tilt, turn, and lean in the same fashion as actual bikes, enabling users to ride fluidly in three dimensions. The dynamic and functional movements performed on the RealRyder bike throughout a session emphasize the activation of essential core muscles, especially, but the rest of the body receives a challenging workout, as well.
Nationally certified master trainer Julian Walker made a name for himself helping ladies get in shape for their wedding day on the FitTV/Discovery Channel reality show Buff Brides. Since filming that show, he has gone on to create his very own fitness program, aptly entitled the Julian Walker Fitness System, which focuses on what he deems are the four key angles of a proper workout: cardiovascular conditioning, strength conditioning, core training, and balance/flexibility. He fundamentally believes that one must work several muscle groups at once to truly cultivate an effective total-body workout regimen. Hence, he combines TRX suspension training, kettlebell workouts, free-weight training, and kickboxing techniques into many of his sessions.
Walker also stocks his studio with stationary bikes for indoor spin sessions, as well as floor mats and spirit-animal tranquilizers for yoga classes.