Exercising can be frustrating if you don't see results. In addition to a slimmer physique, guests at Endure Cycling can see the numerical breakdown of their workout—from the amount of pedal strokes to the number of calories burned to their heart rate throughout their stationary journey. Here, the stationary bicycles use internal sensors to monitor each individual's performance, allowing students to track their progress over time. After saddling up on one of the studio's M3+ indoor cycles, cyclers join a certified instructor on a simulated joyride through a pre-programmed series of climbs, restorative plateaus, and thrilling loop-de-loops while high-energy music helps to keep them motivated. Smart sensors track the RPMs of each bike as well as the rider's heart rate, transmitting data to the room's flat-screen television in real time and storing it for future review. This allows students to keep an eye on their numbers throughout each workout, or go online after class and chart their improvement across multiple sessions to print out and put on their fridge.
Co-owners Patrick Cabello and Brian Cirillo have firsthand knowledge of what it takes to be inspired to get fit. Patrick learned how much dedication it takes when he transformed his body from 230 pounds with more than 25% body fat to a chiseled 185 pounds. Brian spent years as a personal trainer, spurring his students toward their fitness goals with enthusiasm. Today, the fitness gurus use their hard-won experience to handpick a fleet of instructors they determine to be friendly, focused, and charismatic enough to motivate exercisers toward their own personal transformations. Inside the 2,400-square-foot studio, the instructors lead hip-shaking Zumba classes to strengthen cores, spinning classes that whip hearts into a cardio frenzy, and kickboxing sessions to equip students with defensive moves and Rockette-intimidating high kicks. Personal trainers can help gym-goers devise a strategy for achieving fitness goals, or visitors can attack the studio's cattle ropes, poles, punching bags, and monkey bars on their own.
Since 1988, Specs For Less has been sharpening visual acuity in Staten Island and its surrounding areas. At each of its five locations, customers' eyes are coddled by a staff of optometrists, who examine eyes aided by up-to-date equipment as well as ongoing education. Meanwhile, eyewear consultants concern themselves with keeping newly minted prescriptions stylishly adhered to faces, occupying the vanguard of frame style trends with an inventory of designs from Coach, Fendi, and Dior.
Pushing off from from Waterfront Park, paddlers in kayaks and on standup boards from Freeport Kayak Rentals can go exploring in the surrounding bays. Traverse the waterways to Wampum Island, where you can stop to search for shells or practice etching S.O.S. into the sand. Duos can share rowing duties in tandem kayaks, scoping the waterscape for local wildlife such as egrets, gulls, and other shorebirds. Each rental includes lifejackets and paddles, as well as a brief orientation and safety tips for your journey.
Oakwood Dental Arts spreads its 10 dentists out across three locations, where they sculpt smiles with both preventive and cosmetic treatments. When they aren't fending off cavities with regular cleanings and fillings, they improve smiles with in-office whitening treatments and no-prep veneers. The latter fix chipped, crooked, and discolored teeth while preempting the pain associated with traditional veneers. The process begins when dentists craft custom porcelain shells and ends when those shells bond to existing teeth in spite of their crippling fear of intimacy.
In CKO Kickboxing’s action-packed classes, students wail away at heavy, hanging punching bags, working out stress while building muscles with every punch and kick. Because the bags are so heavy, they add significant resistance into the workout, toning up muscles more effectively than punching slabs of beef and then eating the evidence. During the 60-minute classes, students rotate between cardio and strength training, bolstering heart-rates and targeting arms, legs, and cores.