Author of eight books and an internationally recognized Pilates authority, Ellie Herman helms a studio specializing in invigorating classes including a variety of yoga and Pilates options. Shape solar plexuses while unhitching tense tendons in Pilates or MELT, a course that uses simple tools to help enhance body awareness and soothe fraying nerves. Those seeking a multifarious workout should opt for intenSati, a sweat-inducing session that amalgamates aerobics, martial arts, dance, and hamster-wheel endurance for a high-intensity exercise. Ellie Herman Annex Studios offers fitness classes accompanied by props, such as a Pilates springboard and physioball, to give bodies a comprehensive workout while occupying idle hands. Groupon buyers also receive a 20% discount on all in-store merchandise. Click here for the full schedule.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships, and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife Kathryn were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years.
Today, Arthur Murray's team, in its 100th year of teaching, prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend jaunts in a fun setting that promotes learning, fun, self-confidence, and physical activity. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired with an instructor, who will assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout programs, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a menu of 29 styles, including Latin and country western, helping students learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Norma Jean Pilates is a multidimensional facility that helps its clients connect body and mind with fitness and wellness programs. On the fitness side, instructors lead small-group classes, such as apparatus and mat Pilates, yoga, and boot camp. Meanwhile, Norma Jean's wellness services include massage, acupuncture, and body wraps that result in clients emerging as airborne butterflies. During visits to the healing center, guests can also relax in the studio or enjoy a coffee or tea on the outdoor lounge.
The Fitness Studio of Eastport burns away body fat with effective exercise classes in a setting emphasizing personalized results. Inspired by the svelte silhouettes of dashboard hula dancers, Zumba is a party-like fitness method with more than 12 million followers around the world. Extra pounds start shimmying out the door during each 60-minute class, featuring high-energy dance routines set to Latin-inspired rhythms. The Fitness Studio's schedule offers heart-pumping and ear-treating sessions four times a week at a variety of morning and evening times.
CrossFit Kryptonite trainer Scott DeTore proves his skill in the gym every day, but it wasn't until 2011 that he proved it on a national stage. He won the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games in the master's division and came in second in 2012. He and his fellow trainers—both competitors in the Reebok CrossFit Games themselves—teach students the art of CrossFit, a functional yet high-intensity fitness program that scales its workouts to participants of all skill levels. Their facility houses all of the equipment necessary for these ever-rotating workouts, which incorporate pull-ups, squats, kettlebells, climbing ropes, and gymnastics rings.
The yoga instructors at The Family Yoga Center Inc. help practitioners of all ages and skills center their minds and relax their bodies. Directed by Jennifer Orobello, who specializes in alignment-based yoga, classes involve mastering one pose at a time. First, students achieve the pose, and then they hold it in order to foster deeper mind-body connections and increase strength and flexibility. Confident that yoga is accessible to everyone, the instructors encourage using yoga wedges, blocks, or walls in order to help with holding poses.