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.
A subtle heat spreads throughout Fuel the Soul, distinct from the scorching air at hot-yoga studios that warm the room with thermostats. The muscle-melting energy seeps into muscles, coaxing tension away. This brand of heat comes from a system that emits infrared rays, capable of penetrating deeper into tissues and detoxifying patrons while they move through classic yoga poses. Co-owner Greg Fine explains to Patch.com, "Exercising … in an infrared heated sauna can help you burn calories much faster." The heat emanates from lamps that, according to Greg, are identical to those used by surgeons in neonatal hospital units and fast-food line-cooks in NASA space vessels. Customers can reap the heat's benefits, which include a faster metabolism and easier healing, whether they’re attending yoga classes or simply steeping in the far-infrared sauna.
Another offering as unusual as a cat and dog that only fight about who loves the other more is the Gyrotonic workout, "a unique method that uses movements found in swimming, yoga, and tai chi and helps improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination." Greg—who studied under Juliu Horvath, the Romanian dancer and exile who developed the exercise to recover after tearing his Achilles tendon and rupturing a few spinal disks—teaches the technique to students of all fitness levels and ages, whether they’re recovering from injuries or courting greater flexibility.
Tenth Street Laundromat’s clothing concierges bathe piles of soiled threads, tarnished towels, and sullied bedding, tumble them in the dryer, and return them neatly folded. Bag up and bring in dirtied duds slowly spilling out of hampers, hiding under beds, and colonizing swaths of the living room. Clothes, towels, and bedding purify with a spin in the roomy washing machines, splashing in warm suds before hopping into a toasty spinning sauna to relax, rejuvenate, and reduce water weight. Laundry caretakers precisely fold cleansed fabrics into neat squares and rectangles, ready to be housed in drawers until the next beaming of the bat-signal.
Italian Market Laundry spruces up a week's worth of duds with its pickup and delivery laundry service. Placed outside doorsteps by 7 a.m. any day of the week, laundry bundles begin their de-dirting quest in the hands of a reliable pickup crew, zooming to the facility for a cleaning more thorough than Sherlock Holmes's tooth-brushing technique. Skilled fabric wranglers then split clothes into darks, lights, and colors, zapping out stains before washing clothes with dye-free and fragrance-free detergent. Fabric softeners keep clothes cuddly during the drying process, leaving spotless threads to be folded, hung up, or stitched into a color-coded U.S. map. The staff then packages clothes in a complimentary laundry bag and returns bundles to doorsteps within 24–48 hours of pickup. Check the FAQ page for more information.
Steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center introduces audiences to the history and themes of the Constitution through interactive presentations and displays, which include a live multimedia show and taking the presidential oath of office.
With today's Groupon, get a Superwoman workout without having to battle Kryptonite-powered mechanical apes: $13 gets you four fitness classes at Debra Mazda's ShapelyGirl Fitness, a $25 value (eight-class packages are normally $50). You can try out any of the following three classes: cardio, weights, core, and ab work (Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m.); kickboxing with floor work (Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.); and pure Pilates with rings (Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.). Mix and match classes to cross-train for your upcoming weighted ring toss and kick tournament, or stick with the class that sounds best to you.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.