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.
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.
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.
Christina Lagrega's merry-go-round of advertising and public relations jobs wasn't cutting it; she wanted a job that would make her smile. When she discovered Zumba via a late-night infomercial, she found a class the very next day. She was instantly enamored with the fitness styles' high-energy atmosphere; it blended something she'd loved and lost from her childhood—dance—with community and exercise. She quickly achieved her teacher's certification, and decided to take her devotion to the Latin-inspired fitness regimen one step further in May of 2012 by opening reMIX fitness & wellness. Here, she helps whip people into shape with her infectious passion for dance, exercise, and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Now, joined by six other instructors, she expands her class offerings beyond Zumba into the realm of other signature programs, including Piloxing, yoga, and barre. Instructors also lead sessions of Bokwa, which draws from South African war dancing and capoeira to form a fusion of fitness and dance, much like bench-pressing a square dancer.
For more than 25 years, the staffers of Verols Gym have helped clients achieve better health and weight loss through personal training, group fitness classes, and nutrition guidance. Their workout space features weight machines from name brands such as Nautilus and Cybex, as well as a series of boxing bags with accompanying gloves. Group classes include boxing, boot camp, and Pilates.