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.
For the trainers of Sage Exclusive Fitness Center, the only limits are personal limits. They push clients anywhere on the trained athlete-to-couch potato spectrum past those self-imposed barriers on a daily basis. The Sage team can bring their motivating workouts to clients’ doorsteps with at-home personal training, or host group sessions at their scenic and modern waterfront studio. Every inch of space in their studio is a temple for physical fitness: a boot-camp and TRX-suspension training room, weight area, multi-functional rooftop, and wax museum of superhero biceps. On any given day, the staff might use this wellness suite for a battle rope workout or boot camp. The team also includes an onsite nutritionist who presents personalized diet programs, complete with dietary analysis and meal-planning assistance.
Finding your passion in life can be a journey, a lesson Bonda Yoga co-owner Alexandra Marks learned as she took a six-year trek from the world of marketing and communications into the world of yoga. The odyssey ended with her opening Bonda Yoga, a boutique, two-room studio boasting a full schedule of yoga classes for beginner to advanced students. Along the way, Alexandra joined forces with co-owner Laurie Ahlemann to combine their passions and yoga studios. Now, the yogic duo and 17 other instructors, most of whom have taught all over the world, help to reenergize clients with Vinyasa, prenatal, and restorative yoga classes as well as meditation, reiki circle sessions, and massage therapy. Youngsters can even join in the bending and stretching fun as they touch their toes and practice poses that resemble their favorite geometric shapes during noncompetitive kids' yoga classes.
While kiddies stretch, parents can peruse Bonda Yoga’s boutique retail area brimming with essential oils, yoga clothing, and Jade yoga mats. Free mat storage is available, as well as rentals for students who left their towels or third chakra at home.
There may be a lot of playtime at The Language Workshop for Children, but don't think the students aren't learning; during classes, instructors use songs, games, toys, and more to teach children the basics of tongues such as French, Spanish, and Chinese.
The Language Workshop is the brainchild of François Thibaut, who created the school in 1973 after years of observing how children learned languages. In the same vein, instructors understand that even infants can pick up a second language, and they teach anyone from 6 months to 9 years old in group classes, with private lessons available for older students in certain locations.
Each instructor at Evolution Pilates is certified through Stott Pilates, which requires a minimum of 200 hours of training. Backed by this certification, the instructors lead private and group classes for all types of exercisers, from beginners to experienced athletes. The classes incorporate equipment such as reformers, which help exercisers build lean muscles.
Piece of My Art coaxes internal artists out for a night of lady-only drinking and revelry, furnishing painting instruments and a choice from its stockpile of hundreds of pieces of pottery. Ladies saunter into classes armed with BYOB beverages and snacks, where they will share conversation and painting tips with up to 50 women. Add a chromatic splash to holiday gifts, such as a soap dish ($15), spoon rest ($15), or a Geometrix-divided candy dish ($15), or personalize ceramic table wear and household décor, adding pithy sayings to platters ($30–$40), or bedecking a large vase ($45) with surgeon-general's warnings concerning the health effects of flies landing in a venus fly trap. After pieces are fired in a kiln, guests can take their products home to use as precariously fragile frisbees.