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.
Sunlight streams through stained-glass totems inside the spacious studio at Eyes of the World Yoga. In terms of class offerings, students can exhale the exertions of the day away with slow stretching sequences and rhythmic breathing implemented during mellow yoga. Likewise, semi-limber limbs can flow through the basics of posture and alignment during a fundamentals class, which, like a cannon strapped to a rocking horse, is aimed at all levels.
9th to the Nth is the final concert in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra's 2009–2010 classical series. Led by acclaimed conductor Larry Rachleff, the longtime music director for the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the orchestra will allegro and adagio its way through the "Stairway to Heaven" of classical music—Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, featuring the acclaimed "Ode to Joy" choral theme and performed with the assistance of the Providence Singers. The Ninth Symphony was Beethoven's final complete symphony, and, at over an hour, it is his longest. In the 186 years since its original premiere, it has gone on to be one of the world's most recognizable non-Ohio Players pieces of music. Also appearing on the "9th to the Nth" program is Decoration Day, written by American composer Charles Ives.
The AHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins, the Providence Bruins feature a mix of savvy veterans and young talent, including NHL veterans. From any of three seating levels, watch the fast-paced action, hear the crunch of the crosschecks, and inhale the new-car smell that hockey players emit. The P-Bruins have a long history of producing quality players and provide fans with an engaging and intimate environment in which to watch the stars of tomorrow. Noted P-Bruins alums include current Boston goalie Tim Thomas and goal scorer David Krejci.
Keeseh Studio's woodworkers oversee a community woodshop, hosting classes in a variety of timber topics and granting access to machinery, tools, and workspaces for aspiring carpenters of all experience levels. Whether interested in crafting furniture or whittling a new set of dentures for a robot, clients can enroll in classes covering topics such as design, construction, hand tools, and machinery. During the four-hour Jumpstart Woodworking course, students learn proper use of machinery ($75), or the two-hour Small Table Course's seven sessions guide students through the process of crafting four-legged dining fixtures or table-dancing surfaces ($300). In the Join Us for Joinery class, students meet for four separate three-hour sessions that inculcate a detailed understanding of joinery for hardwood and plywood construction. Instruction from skilled woodworkers ensures that the only thing that threatens the aesthetic integrity of their woodworking projects is a surprise beaver attack.
Planet Fitness' massive, brightly colored edifice teems with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. A two-month Black Card membership (a $39.98 value) with enrollment fee included (a $99 value) offers exercisers a wide range of Planet's benefits, including access to an extensive fleet of cardio equipment, strength-training equipment, and free weights, which move unhindered by large machines or political censorship. Tan-seekers can bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths, and an army of shiatsu massage chairs stands at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons.