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.
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.
Using his training in microbiology and cell biology from Yale University, the president and CEO of Dos Funny Frogs Cleaning Service developed Sapos, an all-natural product line that cleans and disinfects without harsh chemicals. His professional staff use Sapos products for each of their specialized home-, office-, and carpet-cleaning treatments, ensuring they banish dirt and germs without harming family members or the environment. The licensed, bonded, and insured crewmembers arrive in uniform to help customers distinguish them from disoriented Christmas carolers, and clients can track the arrival of their technicians with the online Frog Tracker.
Suits, wedding dresses, and household items are all given a second chance at Dobson Mills Valet Dry Cleaners. The dedicated team of cleaners helps to extend the life of everyday wardrobe items such as shirts and pants along with high-maintenance fabrics such as leather, fur, and designer life jackets. The dry cleaners can also take in stained garments and return them looking crisp and clean. Tailoring services take ill-fitting clothing and widen or alter them to fit beautifully, and the tailors can also fit customers for suits, hem pants and skirts, and patch up holes or fibers thinned out by muscular shoulders or knees that have been playing tag with doctors' reflex hammers.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags.