Over the years, George and Amy Corso have racked up their fair share of fitness certifications. While some of those credentials overlap—such as the ones that designate them as personal trainers—others do not. George is authorized as a strength-and-conditioning specialist; Amy holds rank as a level-three Spinning instructor. At CORSO, the duo fuses these areas of expertise into a comprehensive collection of fitness opportunities. They conduct TRX training sessions, intense cardio-circuit workouts, and rounds of indo-row—a fast-paced class that captures the elements of on-water rowing, just without all the pirates blowing past on stolen jet skis. Joining the Corsos, yoga instructor Dana Lucas helps exercisers heal with accessible and fun yoga classes.
At Premier Athletic Club, a large team of instructors lead classes ranging from intense barbell-focused BodyPump to soothing restorative yoga. Barre workouts use easy-to-learn ballet techniques to help tone bodies, and boxing boot camps teach striking fundamentals while building strength and agility. Club members get access to indoor and outdoor pools as well as class discounts.
Solars Sports Clubs has fitness fanatics of all stripes covered, offering amenities that range from the parquet of the basketball court and the hardened evergreen of the tennis courts to rows of weight machines and the whirr of the smoothie bar. Group classes whip participants into shape, whether it's heart-pumping belly dancing or spin classes that encourage cyclists to workout without having to share the road with reckless turtles. Solaris also offers kids classes and summer camps, getting little ones off the couch and into action while honing their sports skills.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Baby-Ganics
Pro Tip: Dress your kids in comfortable clothes and be ready to have fun.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Amazing classes and birthday parties
Recommended Age Group: Kids
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Members of Anytime Fitness can work out at any time because they can access the equipment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition to the Life Fitness cardio equipment with individual HDTVs, the gym also features fitness classes such as Zumba and yoga and personal training.
Deep in a lush corner of the Catskill Mountains, there’s a silence that’s almost palpable. After your ears adjust to the lack of city life, you can hear the sounds of nature creeping in: rustling leaves, chirping birds, and the slow breathing of retreat-goers guiding their limbs into therapeutic poses as a yoga instructor looks on. This is a common scene at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, an Ayurvedic escape founded in 1974 on 77 acres of countryside. Surrounded by organic vegetable patches, flower gardens, and trees,visitors find it easy to immerse themselves into the healing studies of the ranch’s multiday programs.
As the sun peeks over the mountains and each day begins, practitioners gather at the Krishna temple to meditate, chant, and listen to a lecture. What follows—depending on the retreat—is a combination of a two hour yoga class, guest lectures and workshops, and meditation sessions. Some retreats are weekend getaways for yoga civilians, and others focus on yoga-teacher training, permaculture, and Native American spirituality. Throughout all programs, hiking opportunities abound.
Visitors stay in dorm, private double rooms (without private bathrooms), or apartment-style accommodations, (with bathroom and shower), and join fellow guests at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for vegetarian meals based on yogic and Ayurvedic nutrition. Ingredients are organic, as local and seasonal as possible, and free from chemical preservatives. To soothe their minds and muscles after a day of strenuous work, visitors can also take in a view of the mountains from inside the ranch’s wood-burning banya-style sauna.