The leashes from students’ untamed muscles are released during a fierce two-hour clinic that combines savage techniques with safe and principled instruction. Students are led through intense exercises armed with cast-iron kettlebells and medieval conditioning tools such as maces, hammers, and greased-up Bubonic battle-axes. Effort and intensity are emphasized with odd lifts and bodyweight motions that leave muscles throbbing with equal measures of rapture and fatigue. Small group classes begin on July 16 and will be held every other Saturday, with reservations required.
Harro East Athletic Club molds bodies with the tutelage of its devoted trainers. Courses, which meet throughout the week, suit a range of fitness levels and goals and convene in a variety of spaces featuring professional gym equipment and freshly sponged chalkboards. In addition to classic disciplines such as yoga and qi gong, the club focuses on nontraditional courses such as Nordic walking, which emulates the intensity of Nordic skiing minus the skis, snow, and frost-bitten Norwegians. The water-fitness class flows in a gravity-defying, high-density buoyancy chamber, sparing joints from constant impact with solid ground, and group cycling trains cyclist for the grueling, mountainous terrain of the Tour de Imagination. The Instructor's Challenge, for intermediate fitness levels and above, forces unruly calories through a gauntlet of workouts including circuit training and spinning. Many classes meet more than once a week, and fitness fanatics are free to mix and match.
Yoga DrishTi's instructor Nicole privately guides students of all levels through reflective small-group classes. Using ancient Indian sounds known as kirtan, students exercise their mind, body, and spirit through classes that are concentrated, alignment-based, and heart-centered. With a weekly menu that includes Manas [Mind] Your Mondays and Warrior Wednesdays, Yoga DrishTi's schedule provides several offerings to help pupils achieve inner tranquility.
The skilled instructors of Tango Café train bipedal pupils in Latin, ballroom, and swing dance, including salsa classes that come in flavors both mild and spicy. Over the course of five weeks, Kerri Vaughn, Ruben Fuentes, and Darin Price will immerse students in their choice of classes, such as Cuban and Puerto Rican Club Style, NY/LA Style, and Rueda de Casino. Depending on the concentration of swivel-inciting jiggle juice in your joints, you'll be placed in a Level 1, 2, or 3 class. As you master the rhythm and your hips learn how to roll their r's, you'll learn to both lead and follow dance partners, perform increasingly complex turns, and pull off scintillating combinations. A convenient online schedule lets you coordinate class times with your cat's clarinet lesson.
When she's not wrangling her three kiddos, Rachele Maier shares her talents and experience as a pole dancer. The proud mom began practicing pole in 1991 and immediately embraced its graceful movements and tummy-toning effects. Today, she owns and operates her own pole-dancing fitness studio—Tangent's Pole Aerobics—where she draws from her years of practice and certification in fitness training to lead a variety of instructional and fitness-based classes.
Her oldest daughter's artwork speckles the walls of her spacious studio, where she leads students through pole-dancing tricks, transitions, and techniques on nine 12-foot poles. She also conducts classes in theatrical dance, lap dancing, and floor routines along the studio's hardwood floors. During her private instructional parties, she dims the lights and turns on the strobes, making students feel like they're strutting their stuff in a club or the coolest library of all time.
Mark Sandler and Carrie Gaynor—co-directors of Absolute Yoga & Wellness—teach yoga as an extension of the healing arts they both practice. Mark focuses on the mind, bringing his studies of yogic philosophy and psychology under Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati to the classroom. Carrie draws upon the medical know-how she garnered in her two decades as a nurse to enhance the benefits of her practice. Together, they seek to restore health to bodies through exercise and associated physical therapies, such as kinesis myofascial integration and yoga therapy.