Housing a gladiatorial staff of former varsity and professional athletes, Next Level Fitness specializes in administering hard-hitting doses of program-based motivation and encouragement in a small studio setting. Unlike advertisers specializing in headless horsemen, the fitness gurus at Next Level target the total body and mind, combining programs tailored for beginners and dumbbell doyens alike with an emphasis on education. To that end, push-up patrons are encouraged to explore various classes by mixing and matching the four courses available with this Groupon. Whip work-shy hearts and craven cores into shape in the Total Body Training boot-camp course. Unlike traditional boot-camp instructors, who inspire fear through bluster and the threat of calling parents, the kindly coaches of Next Level gently lead students towards their flexibility, stability, and strength goals.
Gold's Gym's amiable staff oversee an army of fitness amenities well equipped to spice up tedious workouts. Cardio equipment and resistance machines work together to burn calories, tone muscles, and tag-team unwitting video-game bosses. For human camaraderie, group fitness classes corral exercisers into sessions that deploy styles such as Pilates ($4/session), GroupCycling ($3/session), and Zumba (no extra charge). Add variety with an intense hour of BodyCombat (no extra charge), which torches calories with martial-arts fighting moves, or BodyPump (no extra charge), which wields weighted devices such as barbells and prize pumpkins to build lean muscle.
The encouraging instructors at Inspired Fitness Studio help their clients get in shape and have fun at the same time. Many classes incorporate elements of dance. In Zumba, students groove to Latin rhythms and perform everything from hip-hop to salsa-style choreography. In Barre Blast, instructors draw inspiration from ballet to help groups sculpt long, toned muscles. Inspired Fitness Studio limits the size of its group classes, so each student receives ample personal attention.
Bikram Yoga Grand Central's Bikram-certified instructors preside over three to six classes each day inside an eco-friendly, 1,200-square-foot studio in Midtown. During the detoxifying yoga sessions, thermostats climb to a sultry 105 degrees in order to limber limbs for 26 different poses. As Half Moon poses loosen obliques and Cobra poses arch backs, a poly-extruded floor accelerates evaporation to keep the space dry and bacteria-free, preventing yogis from having to don uncomfortable hazmat suits during class. Changing rooms and showers help students to smoothly transition between the studio's balmy domain and their next engagements. An expansive, wind-kissed terrace and panoramic windows gird a foyer equipped with Flotex flooring that boasts antimicrobial and waterproof properties.
Though World Gym has locations the span the globe, the gyms still feel homey. The friendly trainers are experts in their field, and the decor is carefully designed to be welcoming and warm. To accommodate guests of all levels and workout styles, the gyms boast an expansive array of cardio equipment and a variety of classes such as Zumba, yoga, spin, and boot camp.
Driven by a passion for Kundalini music, GuruGanesha Singh founded the label Spirit Voyage Music as a haven for himself and the many musicians with whom he worked. The demand for his music proved to be high, the business quickly outgrew his garage, and Karan Khalsa and Hargobind Singh took over the full recording and distribution businesses.
The label now organizes celebratory festivals of Kundalini yoga and music across the country, naming them after their first employee, Sat Nam Kaur, who helped the organization blossom in its infancy. Spirit Voyage’s online store sends music, yoga DVDs, books, and apparel across the country to those who can't get to the festivals because of distance or the inability to teleport.