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.
Twin Park Fitness Center helps members achieve harmony and balance with a full gym, personal training, and more than 45 classes. The gym floor brims with free weights, strength-training equipment, and cardio machines from brands such as Cybex. Trainers also lead an expansive list of classes, including yoga, Zumba, boot camp, core strength, and kickboxing. After a heavy workout, members can unwind in the sauna or replenish their bods at the onsite juice bar.
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.
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.