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.
Nancy Mahon, founder of Sanctuary Yoga Studios, was raised by a family of Buddhist teachers. Her family led her down a meditative path throughout her teenage years, which laid a foundation for a lifetime of studying zen, as well as other cultures and religions. She was also inspired to pursue yoga with an inquiry-based approach to cultivate awareness and understanding. While she instructs, she strives to elicit the same passion from her students. She incorporates classic poses, breathing techniques, and meditations to coax bodies and minds into harmony without resorting to bribery.
Inside her serene studio, sunlight and gentle breezes waft through the room as seasoned instructors lead hatha- and Vinyasa-based classes. Students of any skill level can deepen their practice through traditional yoga, or target problem areas and ailments during therapeutic and stretching sessions or classes focused on abs and glutes. When they aren't teaching regular classes, the yogis inculcate novice instructors with their teacher-training programs recognized by the Yoga Alliance.
A licensed chiropractor and experienced martial artist, Dr. John Surie started practicing hot yoga when he met his future wife, Natalie. Charmed by her Australian accent and passion for the practice, he soon became an avid Bikram student himself, and in 2002, the husband-and-wife duo opened their first studio with Natalie helming her own curriculum of Bikram-inspired classes. Today, their hot-yoga empire has expanded to five studios sprinkled across the United States and Australia, each teeming with certified instructors who lead students through 13 different class styles. Designed to make hot yoga accessible to everyone, classes range from the studio’s signature Ignite series, which introduces newcomers to the foundations of hot yoga, to intense Shape classes that see stretchers melding hot-yoga and Pilates moves while solving Pythagorean equations.
Each studio comes equipped with special flooring tailored to the humid environment of hot yoga, as well as air-circulation and advanced heating systems to keep fresh, hot air blowing. Studios also boast children’s classes that take place concurrently with adult sessions, allowing kids and parents to work out simultaneously.
At The Cliffs at Valhalla, professional setters map out more than 200 new climbs every three months. It’s part of the gym’s mission to keep routes as challenging and engaging as those found outdoors.
Though ideal for skilled climbers, the gym caters to first-timers too. Certified instructors lead adult classes in climbing basics. Staff members guide customers to the proper gear and yodeling song books at the pro shop, and they even created a fitness area with climbing-specific cardio training equipment and yoga classes to complement the climbing terrain.
The Cliffs at Valhalla also readies kids for climbing. Climbing camp lets kids experience indoor and outdoor climbing, and award-winning birthday parties furnish groups with private climbing walls and a 1:5 instructor to student ratio.
The Gym of Armonk’s body-sculpting bastion boasts more than 100 scheduled classes per week and a refined range of gym equipment. A one-month membership (a $140 value) includes unlimited access to group gatherings of cross-training and strength-building sessions that bolster biological burning capabilities while lessening guilt stemming from recent Hot Fries binges. Sage yoga gatherings strengthen cores to steel, and spinning classes challenge participants to maintain a target heart rate while grinding their gears on stationary bikes. Sweat stars looking to explore more solitary fitness regimes have full rein over a range of gym equipment, including elliptical machines, treadmills, weights, and basketball courts for schooling retired astronauts during games of moon ball.
YogaWorks' expert instructors open the door to lithe well-being with a variety of yoga stretching, flowing, and strengthening classes for pupils of all levels. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, each instructor focuses on the needs of the students and develops posing prowess with a varied schedule. Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow classes feature a dynamic series of postures that hone alignment, concentration, and the confident grace to approach a yoga mat without startling it. More exotic stretching sessions include therapeutic lyengar yoga, a prop-based style ideal for students recovering from injuries or those in chronic pain, and ISHTA yoga, which melds personalized poses with meditative pranayama breathing. Fast-paced YogaWorks Cardio Flow sessions harness a driving soundtrack and energetically engage students with a swift series of basic poses and sun salutations to improve circulation and sculpt a muscular form more quickly than an espresso-fueled Michelangelo.