Fitness & Dance hosts a series of centering classes such as Pilates Mat, an odyssey of core and back workouts alongside coordination exercises. During the Vinyasa-flow yoga class, firm postures and steady breaths form bridges between the domains of body and spirit. A Fusion class injects bursts of cardiovascular exertion, such as lightning rounds of Duck, Duck, Goose, into Pilates and yoga regimens in order to set calories aflame. Club-toting linksmen aim to improve their games with a Golf Conditioning class that applies the core tenets of Pilates, yoga, and axe combat to golf swings. Groupon holders can mix and match classes from the schedule or delve into one or two disciplines. Head to the website's class-descriptions section for information on required gear.
Within Champions Fitness Center's Brooklyn headquarters, students learn that the quickest path to fitness often lies along the path of a well-thrown punch. There, trainers with 35 years of combined experience teach kids (age 4 and up) and adults alike the tactics of a trio of martial arts, leading classes in boxing's uppercuts, kickboxing's roundhouses, and MMA's grappling strikes. It's not all punches and kicks, though. Licensed & Accredited by American Council of Exercise and the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the center hosts boot-camp-style cardiovascular fitness classes and one-on-one personal training sessions that torch calories while simultaneously boosting strength, agility, and self-confidence. The center also offers yoga, strength and conditioning classes, and TRX suspension training.
Yoga with Linda's passionate instructors guide groups of fitness-goers through the rhythmic dance moves that characterize zesty Zumba sessions. In order to eradicate excess calories and pesky inhibitions, Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin grooves with easy-to-follow dance steps that even beginners and klutzy shadows can quickly master. Two-stepping teachers employ intervals of both fast and slow dancing, peppering each routine with spurts of resistance training so that muscles can define themselves before the British tabloids define them first. Yoga with Linda's class schedule offers Zumba four days a week, and hip-shakers must be at least 13 years of age to participate.
The supportive staff at the women's-only Kelly Lyn North specializes in issues such as menopause, teaches kicks and crunches in energetic group classes, and also works one-on-one with members to assess body stats and create healthy goals. After joining, a one-hour personal-training session with a fitness guru helps members build personalized workouts and dish about nutrition, or focus on issues such as toning muscle, losing weight, and building bone density. Complimentary body assessments track progress with a body-fat test, measurements of target areas, and a BMI calculation, which divides each guest's weight by height as they jump on a pogo stick. Group classes let students sample a range of calorie-blasting maneuvers, from swiveling hips to Latin beats in a 60-minute Zumba class to kicking and jabbing in a 45-minute Taebox session. A 45- to 60-minute Turbo Kickbox Challenge class packs kicks, punches, and cardio circuits into a comprehensive workout, and the 15-minute Abs Express class hones in on cores. Strength-training equipment, cardio machines, and skateboards strapped to treadmills ensure convenient solo exercise. Groupon holders can jog through the online schedule for a full list of class times.
Bally's story can be traced back to the late 1930s, when a little-known pinball manufacturer in Chicago, Illinois, refined its factories to produce flight equipment for World War II. Ballyhoo's business diversified and boomed in the ‘50s, and within 40 years they became the largest owner and operator of fitness centers in the world. Though their size has ballooned, their mission remains the same: to help each of their clients achieve their ideal bodies through personal training, high-tech workout machines, and heart-pumping group classes. The gym's approach to fitness educates and introduces exercisers to workouts without a steep learning curve or mandatory speed dates with elliptical machines.
In central New York, the artisans at Brennan Stained Glass Studio work with extreme heat and traditional techniques to craft elaborate stained-glass windows and art pieces. In addition to producing the stained-glass dome atop Alexandria Bay's Boldt Castle, the team has designed and installed windows for thousands of churches, temples, schools, hospitals, restaurants, and office buildings. The team also instructs students in the art of stained glass with its own unique approach. Lessons include basic instruction in the copper-foil method to create window panels and sun catchers. Students may also learn how to design their own custom fused-glass plates so they can stop arguing over dish ownership with their dogs.