New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
Philadelphia’s historic cobblestone streets, landmarks, and old buildings can take on an eerie aura in the moonlight, the perfect backdrop for the guides of Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour to tell tales of the city’s dark past. Developed by historical experts at The Constitutional Walking Tour, the Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour traverses Old City, stopping at more than 20 sites, such as the Physick House, Library Hall, and City Tavern. At these destinations, guides cloaked in black and carrying lanterns share stories that weave together a narrative of both reported hauntings and folklore. They tell tales of ghostly visitors that range from soldiers to historical figures such as John Barry, who constantly tries to explain to people who he was. Strolling past some of the city’s oldest cemeteries and graveyards, tourists may spot out-of-the-ordinary shapes, such as free-floating orbs.
Styledelphia owner Jessica Saint is a former model and modeling director who doles out a wealth of fashion-industry insight accrued during 10 years in the business. Now, along with a team of instructors and photographers, Jessica leads classes that show how hair, makeup, and wardrobe can mesh with one’s personal interests, career goals, and affinity for jumping out of moving cars. More niche classroom sessions, such as body-painting, vintage-hairstyling, and stage-makeup workshops, round out a creative-minded curriculum. Styledelphia’s expertise in retro styles adds realness to the studio’s boudoir-photography branch, which takes clients to shoot photos at old-timey locales such as Darling’s Diner and the hospital room where the Liberty Bell was born.
Each year, the Just Born confectionary company teams up with non-profit cultural ambassadors ArtsQuest to present PEEPS Fest, honoring the nation's foremost bird-shaped marshmallow treat in its birthplace. The family-friendly event features art and music performances alongside PEEPS-themed events. Fire and ice join forces on this yearly occasion to pay homage to marshmallow—their favorite non-elemental substance—as ice sculptors and glass blowers craft inventive PEEPScapes. In the culinary arena, local restaurants vie for the mantle of best PEEPS-inclusive dessert. Children will enjoy performances by magicians and clowns, participating in PEEPS arts and crafts, and making PEEPS s'mores, the only PEEPS Fest activity that includes a free sticky handshake.
At Premier Martial Arts, students of all backgrounds train in self-defense, combat sports, and martial-arts-based fitness. Kids ages 3?12 earn colorful belts to mark not only their mastery of martial arts techniques, but also their demonstrations of character. Teachers also provide belt-free training for adults in arts like Krav Maga?developed for the Israeli Defense Force?and kickboxing, which incorporates both Western boxing techniques and the knee and elbow strikes of Muay Thai, the official fighting form of Thailand?s postmen. They round out the combat curriculum with the weapon techniques of Kali, a lightning-fast form of stick and blade fighting that hails from the Phillipines.
This blended training methodology arms students for self-defense as well as kickstarts careers in professional fighting. Elite affiliates include such UFC names as Kurt Pellegrion and Vitor ?Shaolin? Ribeiro.
The folks at Fitly want to make it easy for each and every one of their clients to be healthy, and one of the fundamental building blocks of a healthy lifestyle is eating right. That's where Fitly comes in. They know that it's not always easy to plan, shop for, and make nutritious meals so they've simplified the process. Clients can browse their site for delicious recipes, and once they've chosen one (or a few), Fitly delivers the recipe and all of the ingredients right to their doorsteps. After that, customers are free to chop, saut?, roast, and play with their meals?always with an eye toward healthful, low-fat, and low-calorie options.