When conjuring up the image of a serious boxer, it's natural for most people to picture a brawny man who is dripping with sweat, missing his teeth, and wearing a prosthetic bee stinger. Striking Beauties' founder, Dena Paolino—pretty, petite, and powerful female boxer—wanted to change that. Knowing that many females felt out of place in the male-dominated sport, Dena spearheaded her all-female boxing gym in 2009 to introduce fellow women to the exhilarating and physically demanding sport of boxing in a uninhibited, comfortable environment.
At the 24-hour studio, electric-pink walls beam down on cardio equipment, free weights, and punching bags. Here, Dena and her staff of certified instructors lead the studio's signature boxing workouts, which have been praised by an abundance of media publications. In each session, coaches lead energetic rounds of intense exercises and boxing movements designed to tone muscles, strengthen cores, and slim physiques, as well as boost self-confidence and determination. The staff also strives to build a sense of community amongst members, cultivating a space where women can encourage each other and network.
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.
At Fitness Together, getting fit involves getting focused and fired up to achieve. Here, certified personal trainers guide clients of all skill levels through motivating boot-camps and exercise programs designed to meet goals loftier than a giraffe’s basketball hoop. To help their charges torch calories and tone muscles as efficiently as possible, the trainers incorporate evidence-based training methods, such as intervals, tempos, and fartlek, into each fitness regimen. Filled with cardio challenges and resistance training, workouts are tailored to individual needs and paired with nutrition tips that help the body build lean muscle. In-studio sessions take place in a private, spa-like studio, flush with energizing red walls and functional training tools such as medicine balls, kettlebells, and gymnastics rings.
At CrossFit Providence, a staff of dedicated coaches draws from a diverse range of experiences to motivate and lead clients toward the pinnacle of health and fitness. Rather than parking participants on a treadmill or elliptical, CrossFit exercises build muscle and burn fat with high-energy interval workouts built on resistance and weightlifting.
If you opt for personal training sessions, Method's friendly and professional workout wisemen will design a fitness routine to suit your lifestyle and help you identify and reach your goals. Or, get a 30-day unlimited pass to Method's boot camp, a twice-weekly, high-energy strength and conditioning class designed to whip flabby abs into sinuous shape while tightening and toning tails. If you enroll in the boot camp, you also get four 30-minute personal training sessions as a bonus jolt of individualized attention.
Krissy's Dance & Fitness Studio is a judgement-free zone. The spacious studio, accented with bright, fun colors, hosts joyful, cardio-blasting group fitness classes such as Zumba, kickboxing, and Brazilian Butt Lift classes. Along with inspiring adults to feel confident and healthy, Krissy also leads kids' dance classes for girls and boys. She taps into her elementary education degree to lead kids in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and other dance styles.