Gyms in New York

10 or 20 CrossFit Classes at CAYPE Athletics (69% Off)

CAYPE Athletics

Brooklyn

$190 $59

CrossFit classes tone bodies with ever-changing selection of workouts that burn fat as they build muscle

One-, Three-, or Six-Month Membership with Gym Access at Sheraton Fitness (Up to 87% Off)

Sheraton Fitness

Theater District - Times Square

$99 $29

8,000-sq.-ft. complex houses machines and weights

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Eight Weeks of Pattern Dancing for One or Two from Copy Cats and Cloverleaf Squares (Up to 60% Off)

Copy Cats and Cloverleaf Squares

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Steps to pattern dancing are announced by a caller, making it easy to do for singles, couples, or families. Casual attire recommended

5 or 10 Fitness Classes at Equalize Fitness (Up to 85% Off)

Equalize Fitness

Hastings/Yonkers Border

$100 $20

Participants tone muscle during high-energy cardio classes or strength-training classes

State Park Day-Trip with Hiking, Yoga, and Wine-Tasting. Transportation Included.

Hiking, Yoga, and Wine-Tasting

Chelsea

$99 $99

On a guided state park day-trip, you’ll hike for four hours, do yoga for 75 minutes, and end with a tasting at Shawangunk Wine Trail

5 or 10 Women's Group Fitness Classes at Kelly Lyn North Fitness (Up to 71% Off)

Kelly Lyn North Fitness

North Syracuse

$35 $12

Daily classes peak a variety of fitness interests, and include boot camp, cardio kickboxing, Zumba, and Total Sculpt

4 or 10 Dance or Fitness Classes at Albany Dance & Fitness (Up to 54% Off)

Albany Dance & Fitness

Colonie

$52 $25

Offer includes a variety of dance and fitness classes for teens and adults.

12 or 20 Boot-Camp Classes at Evolution Fitness (55% Off)

Evolution Fitness

Multiple Locations

$100 $45

Indoor and outdoor interval routines use an array of mats, free weights, and nearby playground equipment to build strength and endurance

5 or 10 Yoga Classes, or Three-Month Membership at Westchester Yoga Arts (Up to 69% Off)

Westchester Yoga Arts

New Rochelle

$85 $39

Gentle Flow yoga leads yogis through meditative poses, Vinyasa challenges with fast-paced asanas, and Zumba teaches Latin dance in workouts

Six CrossFit Classes or a Month of Unlimited CrossFit at Crossfit BAC Extreme (Up to 68% Off)

Buffalo Athletic Club

Crossfit BAC Extreme

$120 $39

Trainees are led through a functional strength and conditioning program that uses ever-changing routines to thwart workout plateaus

Five Zumba, Boxing, or Kickboxing Classes, or Personal Training Sessions at I Train With Juan (Up to 61% Off)

I Train With Juan

Tuckahoe

$115 $45

Zumba and group-fitness classes get bodies moving in a fun, cooperative environment; personal-training sessions craft custom workouts

5 or 10 Tae Kwon Do Training Sessions at North Park Tae Kwon Do (Up to 71% Off)

North Park Tae Kwon Do

Clifton Park

$50 $19

Tae kwon do students learn practical self-defense skills while building strength and discipline

One or Two Months of Kids' Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform at Costanzo's Martial Arts (Up to 76% Off)

Costanzo's Martial Arts

Staten Island

$189 $49

Kids boost their confidence, discipline, and fitness levels while learning self-defense skills

5 or 10 Shaolin Kung-Fu Classes, or One Month of Classes at Shaolin Temple Overseas Headquarters (Up to 78% Off)

Shaolin Temple Overseas Headquarters

Multiple Locations

$125 $30

Shaolin kung-fu classes blend meditation with physical training; Qigong sessions build strength with gentle exercises

6-Week Outdoor Boot Camp from Project turning point (67% Off)

Project Turning Point

Hempstead

$15 $5

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Two Months of Unlimited Karate for One or Two at Kempo Martial Arts Dojos (Up to 63% Off)

Kempo Martial Arts Dojos

Multiple Locations

$100 $39

Get fit while mastering the self-defense techniques and skill sets of karate across a two-month period in up to seven classes per week

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Yoga Darshana Center (Up to 66% Off)

Yoga Darshana Center

West Babylon

$110 $39

Certified instructors help students of all ages and abilities unite mind, body, and spirit through yoga postures linked with breath

5 or 10 Beginning MMA Classes for Ages 5 and Older, or 5 or 10 Adult Classes at East Coast MMA & Fitness (Up to 56% Off)

East Coast MMA & Fitness

Hicksville

$40 $20

Kids and adults practice Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and mixed martial arts in a safe environment

5 or 10 Martial-Arts Classes at Kickboxing Coram (Up to 87% Off)

Kickboxing Coram

Coram

$90 $14

Skilled instructors guide students of all levels through MMA, Jiu-Jitsu, and other techniques to improve strength, speed, and confidence

5, 10, or 20 Yoga Classes with Private Yoga Session at Red Dawn Combat Club (Up to 75% Off)

Red Dawn Combat Club

Fresh Meadows

$80 $20

Morning classes for all levels cycle through yoga poses to improve flexibility, core strength, and confidence; includes one-on-one session

One or Three Months or Kickboxing Classes at Jeff Hunt Traditional Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing (Up to 68% Off)

Jeff Hunt Traditional Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing

Springfield Gardens

$150 $49

Black-belt instructor leads high-energy kickboxing classes for students of all abilities

10 or 20 Drop-In Martial-Arts Classes at Team Andrello (Up to 85% Off)

Team Andrello

Multiple Locations

$150 $28

Classes for ages 3 to adult instill discipline and build fitness through a variety of martial-arts techniques

Five or Ten Kickboxing or Krav Maga Classes with Gloves at Innovative Martial Arts (Up to 78% Off)

Innovative Martial Arts

Commack

$85 $19

Achieve a full-body workout in fitness kickboxing or learn practical self-defense techniques originally developed for Israeli Defense Forces

Pole Fitness, Chair Dance, or Unlimited Pole Fitness Classes at Tease Time Pole Fitness (Up to 52% Off)

Tease Time Pole Fitness

New City

$25 $12

Women work out their core, lose weight, and tone bodies during sultry pole and chair-dance workouts

5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes at Fitness Through Kickboxing (Up to 81% Off)

Fitness Through Kickboxing

Multiple Locations

$75 $15

Fun, energizing fitness-kickboxing classes whip students into shape

Training Program for 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or Full Marathon at Golden Touch Boot Camp (Up to 60% Off)

Golden Touch Boot Camp

Jamaica Estates

$340 $149.99

Fitness assessment, fitness program, and personal training prepare runners for races ranging from 5K to marathon

10 or 20 Zumba Classes at Gym 33 (Up to 78% Off)

Gym 33

Huntington Station

$100 $35

Fitness instructors lead participants in high-energy Zumba dance workouts to a soundtrack of upbeat Latin music

5 or 8 Sessions of Morning Mat Yoga, or 5 or 10 Sessions of Aerial Yoga at Bootleg Yoga (Up to 70% Off)

Bootleg Yoga

Marlboro

$75 $25

Yoga classes bolster the mind, body, and spirit with morning stretches or graceful aerial maneuvers

5, 10, or 15 Tae Kwon Do Classes and a Uniform from Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association (Up to 89% Off)

Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association

Multiple Locations

$93 $15

Students engage a comprehensive martial education that includes striking, self-defense, and mental-discipline exercises

Nutrition Consultation, Intro Class, and One or Two Months of Classes at CrossFit Centereach (Up to 77% Off)

Crossfit Centereach

Centereach

$250 $59

After a nutrition consultation and fundamentals class, students jump into high-intensity workouts that incorporate functional movements

$63 for $140 Worth of Martial Arts — Traditional Okinawan Karate of Pleasant Valley

Traditional Okinawan Karate Of Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley

$140 $63

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Three or Five Barre Fitness Classes at Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet (Up to 70% Off)

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet

Jamestown

$30 $11

Barre classes combine elements of ballet and Pilates, helping customers develop the flexibility, strength, and grace of a ballet dancer

One or Two Months of Unlimited Fang Shi Do Self-Defense Classes at Vforce Scientific Fighting Concepts (Up to 80% Off)

Vforce Scientific Fighting Concepts

Franklin Square

$125 $29

After setting the right mindset, instructors incorporate martial arts with lifestyle goals

10 or 20 Classes with Gloves at Kickboxing.com (Up to 82% Off)

Kickboxing.com

Multiple Locations

$148 $29

Pound the stuffing out of high-quality bags at eight locations in various kickboxing regimens

Five Boot-Camp Classes at Crunch TIME Fitness & Dance (64% Off)

Crunch Time Fitness & Dance

Newburgh

$50 $18

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10- or 20-Class Pass with One or Two Private Sessions at Kids Love Martial Arts (Up to 91% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$210 $20

Kids develop focus, confidence, self-discipline, and self-respect while learning self-defense skills that make them bully-proof

5 or 10 Boxing or Kickboxing Classes with Gloves at K30X Kickboxing (Up to 66% Off)

K30X Kickboxing

Middletown

$85 $29.99

Boxing and kickboxing classes teach kicks, punches, and jabs while helping students burn calories and lose weight

One or Two Months of Kids' Kung Fu Classes or One Month of Adult Classes at Long Island Kung Fu (Up to 77% Off)

Long Island Kung Fu

Shirley

$125 $29

Kung Fu masters help adults and kids develop a healthy body and foster self-discipline in Kung Fu classes for those as young as four

10 Martial Arts Classes or Eight Weeks of Boot Camp at Chi’s Martial Arts Training Center (Up to 81% Off)

Chi's Martial Arts Training Center

Deer Park

$159 $49

Martial arts instructors keep classes safe and fun while focusing on physical fitness and character development

Six Self-Defense Classes or Eight Weeks of Classes for Kids, Adults, or Seniors at Modern Warrior (Up to 71% Off)

Modern Warrior

Lindenhurst

$45 $19

Instructors led by a retired NYPD sergeant teach kids, adults, and senior citizens how to defend themselves against an attacker

$42 for $120 Worth of Speed and Agility Training — Dominant Natural Athletics

Dominant Natural Athletics

Holbrook

$120 $42

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One Month of Unlimited Beginner CrossFit Group Classes for One or Two at RADD CrossFit NSLI (Up to 58% Off)

RADD CrossFit NSLI

Glen Cove

$225 $99

Shed body fat and sculpt muscles with short, intense workouts scalable to any fitness level

10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Saratoga Karate (Up to 87% Off)

Saratoga Karate

Greenfield

$119 $39.99

Certified instructors and black belts; expansive and equipped dojo hosts classes for both kids and adults

Four or Eight Personal-Training Sessions at Smithtown Personal Training & Nutrition (Up to 56% Off)

Smithtown Personal Training & Nutrition

Smithtown

$400 $175

Customers get fit with the help of four or eight personal-training sessions and unlimited access to the gym's cardio room for one month

$49 for 10 Yoga Classes at Bearfoot Yoga & Wellness Center ($120 Value)

Bearfoot Yoga & Wellness Center

Bay Shore

$120 $49

Yoga instructors guide students through breath control, focus, and healthful poses in beginner and intermediate classes

One Month of Unlimited MMA or Adult Karate Classes at Busto's Martial Arts (Up to 51% Off)

Busto's Martial Arts

Plainview

$100 $49

Learn hand strikes, kicks, & effective self-defense skills in the workouts of MMA classes or reduce stress & gain confidence through karate

$495 for $900 Worth of Personal Fitness Program — Power Move Wellness & Nutrition

Power Move Wellness & Nutrition

Long Island City

$900 $495

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Dance-Class Package for One or Two at Josie's International School of Dance (Up to 57% Off)

Josie's International School of Dance

Ossining

$110 $49

Learn to dance in the style of your choice, whether it's Belly Dance, Salsa, Hip Hop, Hip Hop Cardio, Ballroom, Flamenco, or Argentine Tango

10 or 20 CrossFit Classes at Grassfed Crossfit (Up to 90% Off)

GrassFed CrossFit

Medford

$250 $29.99

These intense daily workouts test physical and mental strength using functional exercises such as pull-ups and squats

5, 10, or 20 Adult or Kids' Fitness Classes at L.E.A.R.N. (Up to 87% Off)

L.E.A.R.N.

Baldwin

$75 $15

45- or 60-minute classes, such as cardio conditioning or boot camp for adults or Kidz Kardio and Wacky Weights for kids

One Month of Unlimited Kids' Classes or Adult Fitness or MMA Classes at Alpha Omega MMA (Up to 81% Off)

Alpha Omega MMA

Rockville Centre

$149 $39

Students tone their bodies and learn self-defense skills in one-hour kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, muay-thai, MMA, yoga, and boxing classes

One or Two Months of Martial-Arts Classes at New York Historical Fencing Association (Up to 61% Off)

New York Historical Fencing Association

Kingston

$75 $35

Students learn the fighting arts of medieval Germany, wielding weapons such as longswords and picking up period grappling techniques

10, 20, or 30 Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, or Yoga Classes at East Coast United Westchester BJJ (Up to 89% Off)

East Coast United Westchester BJJ

Multiple Locations

$225 $45

Martial arts courses for the entire family include combat sports of kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the healing practice of yoga

$28 for $80 Worth of Boxing Lessons — Campbell's Kickboxing

Campbell's Kickboxing

Copiague

$80 $28

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5 or 10 "Fitness in a Chair" Classes at The Dance Treatment Rx (Up to 88% Off)

The Dance Treatment Rx

The Dance Treatment

$125 $19

Nurse-led fitness routine designed specifically for those who have trouble standing

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Fuel the Soul (Up to 74% Off)

Fuel the Soul

Merrick

$180 $49

Subtle infrared heat emanates from lamps, seeping into muscles and enabling deeper stretches at yoga classes

Four or Eight Jiu-Jitsu Classes at American Jiu-Jitsu Centers of Massapequa (Up to 84% Off)

American Jiu-Jitsu Centers of Massapequa

Massapequa

$160 $34

Students learn basic, effective self-defense techniques and gain confidence, discipline, and self-control in American jiu-jitsu classes

5 or 10 Krav Maga Classes at Kelevra Krav Maga (Up to 82% Off)

Kelevra Krav Maga

Multiple Locations

$125 $25

Krav maga classes employ techniques used by the Israeli Army to help athletes burn calories and learn self-defense

Month of Fitness Sessions or 8 Adult Fitness Sessions at CATZ of Long Island (Up to 65% Off)

CATZ of Long Island

CATZ Long Island

$169 $59

Adults of all ages and levels of fitness burn fat, build muscle, and establish healthy routines with fitness sessions

One or Two Months of Martial-Arts Self-Defense Classes with a Uniform at Altamont Martial Arts (Up to 58% Off)

Altamont Martial Arts

Altamont

$65 $29

Husband-and-wife team of black belts leads defensive combat hapkido classes, a self-defense style that prepares students of any age or size

10 or 20 TRX and Strength Training Classes at Intelligent Fitness (Up to 71% Off)

Intelligent Fitness

East Northport

$120 $35

Experienced trainers and instructors lead small-group workouts tailored to clients' fitness goals

Fitness Assessment and Customized Workout Plan at HURT Performance, Inc. (65% Off)

H.u.r.t. Health & Fitness, Inc.

Blooming Grove

$120 $42

12 sessions (one month) of semiprivate personal-training services, including an assessment and customization

15 or 30 Boot Camps Sessions at Team Extreme Health & Fitness Bootcamp Express (Up to 83% Off)

Team Extreme

Lake Ronkonkoma

$115 $23

Military-inspired boot-camp classes challenge every muscle in the body during intense and efficient workouts; personal training available

$49 for $89 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — long island asian studies center

Long Island Asian Studies Center

North Bellmore

$89 $49

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5 or 10 Cardio Kickboxing Classes at MPBBC (Up to 83% Off)

MPBBC

Selden

$75 $15

Clients square up with heavy bags, punching and kicking their way to slimmer frames with cardio-boosting drills and self-defense techniques

10 or 20 One-Hour Fitness Sessions at B-Well Studio (Up to 80% Off)

B-Well Studio

Morris Park

$250 $59

Early-morning sessions prepare yogis for the day ahead with exercises that flow through a series of poses

5 or 10 Kids' Brazilian Jujitsu Classes at BC BJJ MMA Academy of Self Defense (Up to 87% Off)

BC BJJ MMA Academy of Self Defense

Lynbrook

$90 $14

Skilled instructors aid students of all skill levels in Jujitsu self-defense techniques to improve strength, endurance, and confidence

One Month of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes for One or Two at One Inch Punch Jeet Kune Do (Up to 52% Off)

One Inch Punch Jeet Kune Do

Cortland

$99 $49

Adults and youth take martial-arts classes including the Bruce Lee brainchild Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Brazilian Juitsu, and Filipino Kali

One or Three Months of Unlimited Jujutsu Classes at Okami Dojo (Up to 63% Off)

Okami Dojo

Lake Ronkonkoma

$100 $39

Master the pins, locks, and holds of jujutsu with one or three months of unlimited classes

10 Fitness Classes with Optional Personal Training, or Gym Membership at Healthy Fit for Women (Up to 81% Off)

Healthy Fit for Women

Mamaroneck

$200 $39

Female-only gym featuring more than 95 fitness classes such as barre work or interval training, paired with personal training

10-Class Pack or 200-Hour Hot Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Oasis‎ (Up to 76% Off)

Yoga Oasis‎

Woodbury

$200 $49

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Instructors guide students through asanas, or teach them how to lead sessions themselves with 200 hours of training

Five Yoga Classes or Two Pilates Reformer Classes at Body in Balance Yoga and Pilates (Up to 65% Off)

Body in Balance Yoga and Pilates

Mineola

$75 $29

Group or private classes help tone and strengthen students' bodies and minds

One-Month Gym Membership with Optional Personal Training and Protein Shake at Gold's Gym of Islip (Up to 86% Off)

Gold's Gym of Islip

Islip

$59 $19.99

Cardio- and strength-training machines, certified personal trainers, and group fitness classes including spinning, Pilates, and Les Mills

30 Days of Unlimited Fitness Classes from Southtowns MMA (70% Off)

Southtowns Mma

Blasdell

$100 $30

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$49 for 10 Ballet Barre Fitness Classes at Variations, A Dancer's Studio ($170 Value)

Variations, a dancer's studio

Huntington

$170 $49

Using small, targeted moves, ballet barre instructors help students tone their bodies with ballet moves and equipment

One, Three, or Six Black Light Yoga Classes at New Breathe Yoga (Up to 55% Off)

New Breathe Yoga

Nanuet

$14 $9

Yoga classes focus on posture, alignment, breathing, and meditation while black lights lend the procession an otherworldly vibe

$49 for One Month of Unlimited Classes with Foundations at CrossFit Pace Performance ($200 Value)

CrossFit Pace Performance

Amityville

$200 $49

CrossFit classes employ intense functional movements and exercises, preparing participants for all daily, sports, and work activities

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Simplicity Yoga Studio (Up to 66% Off)

Simplicity Yoga Studio

Kings Park

$130 $49

Expert instructors guide students of all skill levels through yoga classes that range in intensity from gentle stretching to intense cardio

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Ann Kamhi Toran credits Pilates practice with saving her dancing career. After a major back injury threatened her ability to continue performing, Ann devoted herself to Pilates, and the exercises helped rehabilitate her body so effectively that she was eventually promoted to soloist after recovering. Although she stopped professionally dancing more than 20 years ago, Ann still practices Pilates daily.

Ann?s husband, Dr. Errol Toran, also is a believer in the rejuvenating capabilities of Pilates, and he suggested it to his chiropractic patients, incorporating the exercises into their physical rehabilitation. Together, Ann and Dr. Toran decided to create a studio that shared these benefits with the general public, introducing the time-honored exercise techniques that improve posture and build lean, toned muscles.

The studio boasts four locations throughout the New York area, each featuring an arsenal of traditional Pilates equipment. The signature apparatus, the Reformer, generates gentle resistance with a system of springs, pulleys, and miniature black holes. Students push and pull against this resistance while performing sequences of relatively simple movements that require unwavering mental focus to maintain the ideal technique and alignment. By emphasizing controlled, quality movements over flailing your body against a boulder, Pilates exercises can evenly tone muscles across the entire body, with a particular emphasis on the core muscle groups.

Ann and Dr. Toran encourage their instructors to take initiative when leading classes and tailor the pacing or sequence to accommodate students, but each studio does host sessions for particular skill levels. Introductory and Level 1 classes work to develop form and technique, whereas the more advanced sessions begin to include modified exercises or long-division flashcards to ensure a more challenging workout.

54 West 39th St, Second Floor
New York,
NY
US

Pete Lawson's passion for the martial arts is more than 30 years old, reaching all the way back to when he took his first karate lesson in Jamaica when he was 13 years old. His love for the discipline blossomed, eventually earning him five black belts, a spot in world tournaments, and the opportunity to spar against master martial artists. He also studied Brazilian jiujitsu under renowned master Renzo Gracie, one of the sons of Brazil's famed family of martial artists. As a believer in the saying "to whom much is given, much is required," Lawson decided to put his accolades and experience to good use founding and teaching at his own academy, Brooklyn Martial Arts. Today, he offers classes for all levels of Brazilian jiujitsu and mixed martial arts, preparing students for everything from self-defense to competition.

Lawson also imparts lessons of discipline and perseverance to little ones in kids' classes, using martial arts as a platform to improve their schoolwork, teach them nonviolent ways to deal with bullies, and strengthen their listening skills by having them perform pushups with their ears. They even host birthday parties for kids, where the birthday boy or girl cuts the cake with a real sword and competes in fun and friendly martial-arts-based games and activities.

289 Livingston St, 3rd Fl
Downtown Brooklyn,
NY
US

Working from their sole location at 149 Madison Avenue and unaffiliated with any other laser center or beauty lounge, owners Kimberly Schanzer and Michelle Moyer and their team of technicians have earned a top spot on Yelp's Best of list for hair removal in New York, and they've even been cited as experts on YouBeauty, a website co-founded by TV's Dr. Oz. The beauty experts are not only licensed aestheticians and certified cosmetic laser technicians, but also certified laser-safety officers. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, the women utilize their wide range of skills to make each client's visit to the boutique-style space personal and comfortable. The team has chosen some of the most advanced laser hair-removal technology available—Candela's GentleLASE, GentleLASE Pro, and GentleYAG lasers—which they can use on light or dark skin. They also diminish acne and deep wrinkles with Candela's Smoothbeam laser.

Editor of American Spa Magazine Heather Mikesell tried out the center's Candela GentleLASE procedure. She said, "Although I’ve had my share of laser hair-removal sessions, I have to say this was one of the most hassle-free." Mikesell appreciated the system's ability to treat a large body area and its patented cooling mechanism, which relieves discomfort better than a blanket sewn from strings of frozen peas. Pulse Laser and Skincare Center has also received accolades from a variety of other press.

149 Madison Ave
New York,
NY
US

Dr. Nicole Bishop's signature Mommy and Me Pilates classes were born the same time as her son, Reza, as a way to connect with him while helping women balance their fitness regimens with their brand new bundles. During the 60-minute Mamilates classes, two instructors?one for mom and one for baby?guide participants through short bursts of challenging Pilates exercises. During these drills, fun activities such as singing, massage, and dance keep growing minds entertained while women bolster their muscles. With regular practice, women may notice a reduction in physical tension around the neck and shoulders, stronger abdominals, sturdy backs, and weightlessness despite carrying 15 sacks of lead. The team strives to achieve these results specifically to aid in the recovery from the strain of carrying a baby or to make common postnatal lifting easier. The staff makes careful modifications for women still recovering from Cesarean sections.

Dr. Bishop earned her PhD in comparative literature at the University of Michigan, an academic track that involved a focus on mindfulness, meditation, and reading methodology. She incorporates these disciplines in her budding practice, along with her specialty in African and Caribbean dance, the spark for which ignited at the ripe old age of 5 years. As a kicker, Dr. Bishop also boasts certification in mat Pilates instruction and the ability to fashion a yoga mat out of a napkin.

230 Lexington Avenue
Buffalo,
NY
US

When Marina Lisser was 14, she decided to take up dancing, despite the fact that in her native Russia, she was considered much too old to start. Firmly flouting social convention, she thrived, competing at the professional level and landing a fifth-place finish in the European Cup finals. Eventually, she went on to earn a master's degree in Dance Forms and write a dissertation on the psychology of competition.

But none of that prepared her for the shock that awaited her when she landed in New York City to work for Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 1993. She hadn't realized she'd be teaching a totally new kind of student: adult amateurs. She'd only taught professionals and children who wanted to dance for a living. If 14 was too old to start dancing in Russia, how would she teach adults in America?

Through trial and error, she figured it out by ignoring, according to a feature in Democrat and Chronicle, whatever holds her students back. "I'm one of those horrible Russian teachers," Marina confessed. "We want what we want; there is no such thing as limits."

Today, she and her staff of instructors specialize in two styles: American Smooth and Rhythm, and International Standard and Latin. Students learn to waltz, tango, and foxtrot atop the ballroom's sprung wood floor, which cushions feet and joints, while wall-length mirrors help them self-correct their form. In addition to teaching social dance skills and helping affianced couples prepare for their first dance, the instructors also ready competitive dancers to take first place medals in everything from cabaret dancing to swing, often by deftly prancing over the laser security systems that guard them. Marina is certified in dance therapy, as well as social and competitive wheelchair dancing, to make dance accessible to everyone.

1350 University Ave
Rochester,
NY
US

Strongman competitor William Harris opened his gym to help exercisers achieve ultimate physical conditioning with an innovative approach to fitness that eschews the mirrored walls, isolated machine workouts, and pie-eating competitions of standard gyms. His cadre of personal trainers—most of whom are certified Level 1 CrossFit coaches—draws on real world athleticism: trainer Phaidra Knight was named the women's' rugby player of the decade 2000–2009, and Rob Gutierrez works as a physical trainer for the NYPD. For CrossFit sessions, certified trainers design intense, ever-changing workouts that safely push members while providing motivation and support. Classes rotate through various challenges such as calisthenics, weight lifting, kettlebells, and sprinting, relying on both intensity and variety of motion to improve comprehensive fitness. To bolster long-term health, coaches dispense nutrition tips that keep bodies fueled and give clients the tools to spur fat loss and muscle gain. The results build bodies that function in real-world tasks, such as running to catch a bus, lifting a sack of dog food, or throwing a discus and riding it to work.

2 Bridge Street
Yonkers,
NY
US