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.
As Ananda learned sutras near his temporary home on the banks of the Ganges River, he was adding to a lifetime of yogic training that began in his youth. He grew up in a traditional Indian family that practiced yoga everyday. Though he eventually became a personal trainer and focused solely on improving physiques, Ananda always felt true fitness was fueled by both physical and spiritual strength.
After Ananda traveled the world with famed author Dr. Deepak Chopra and scaled the Himalayas on an expedition to India, he created Ananda Yoga Sangam. Using his years of experience, Ananda assembled an eclectic program of classes for the mind and body. Classes address issues such as increasing range of motion, diffusing muscular tension, and instilling flexibility. The schedule boasts classes six days a week.
Members of Synergy Fitness Clubs thrive on choice. Choice of location? There are nine. Choice of activity? Instructors lead classes in almost any form of exercise imaginable, such as power sculpt, full-body circuits, and intense cycling. To make sure that members are making the choices that will help reach their fitness goals the fastest, the clubs are staffed with more than 100 lifestyle coaches. These pros are continually educated in their fields of specialty—which might mean nutrition counseling, yoga, or boxing.
A wide slate of equipment and amenities makes it as easy as possible to fit in workouts. Most locations are open 24 hours, and while parents lift free weights or dance a beautiful tango with a Precor elliptical, their kids can hang out in a free childcare room.
Maggie Salomon’s lifelong passion for dance came crashing to a premature halt after a severe car accident. Her years as a professional dancer seemed all but lost before she discovered the restorative power of hot yoga. The gentle movements, coupled with the loosening heat, helped Salomon rebuild her strength and range of motion until she was fit enough to dance again and continue her wide range of physical hobbies. After this experience, she decided to become a yoga instructor and share this beneficial practice with others.
Today, Salomon teaches groups of yogis how to unfurl knotted tendons during 60- to 90-minute yoga classes within her heated studio. She also whips bodies into shape with nonyoga offerings, including Pilates, tai chi, Zumba dance fitness, and belly dance.
For 35 years, NYS-DMV-certified All Seasons Auto School has kept New York’s roads and drivers safe with educational lessons and courses available in both English and Spanish. Naturally, the instructors offer the state-required DMV prelicensing course that focuses on the development of appropriate driving habits, but they help seasoned drivers as well. Their six-hour defensive-driving course is designed to remove points from drivers' licenses and cut monthly insurance bills by 10%, while driving-improvement lessons help experienced car pilots build on their road etiquette and stay safer in transit. The school also offers discounted lesson and road-test packages for beginning drivers.
A sleek, modern entry area welcomes guests into Vitality Yoga's contemporary space. Atop the studio's dark, hardwood floors, seasoned yogis lead students of all skill levels through 70-minute classes in a variety of yoga styles designed to improve bodies' strength, flexibility, and posture. Most of the studio's sessions incorporate a combination of hatha and Vinyasa yoga, which focus on gentle stretching or athletic pose progressions. Each class wraps up with a seated meditation, during which participants can achieve a zen state of mind comparable to spending a day at the beach with Phil Jackson.