Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.
The Fitathlon Challenge blends the format and philosophy of decathlons and triathlons with the accessibility of a 5K. Great for all fitness levels, the event divides participants into four categories—Newbie, Beginner, Challenger, and Competitor. Separated into waves, runners move through a course fraught with obstacles designed to test strength, endurance, athleticism, and mental toughness. These obstacles include tire flips, wall climbs, and hill sprints that leave bodies sweaty and fatigued and minds feelings as confused as a fish in a geology class. Those competing in the Competitor division are eligible for cash and prizes awarded to the top three finishers in the male and female groups. A portion of all proceeds goes to benefit a local charity.
The trainers at K-Fitness & Athletic Performance seek to build overall athleticism in athletes and civilians with group and individual boot camps and training. Their training method encompasses a specialized program consisting of movement, weight-room training, core conditioning, prehab, sports massage, pool exercise, nutrition, regeneration, stretching, and mental conditioning. By having athletes perform exercises such as weightlifting, agility training, and sled pulling and pushing, trainers help them make improvements in areas such as speed, agility, vertical leap, power, and top speed.
Some people call Kevin Ensenat a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Others call him a level 2 A.R.T. provider. But perhaps the most important title is simply "coach." In that capacity, he privately coached New York Giants players Kevin Boothe and Chris Snee to prep for their Super Bowl championship. He guided college athletes through injury recovery, healing ACL tears and opening the door for continuing athletic careers. He did it all through personal training and group classes at his own indoor exercise studio, K-Strength Sports Training.
Joined by ACE-certified personal trainer Dan Hennessey, Kevin runs three distinct boot camps, two geared toward maximizing athletic prowess with progressive strength and agility training, and one designed to help women lose weight. The team of two also conducts one-on-one lessons and personal-training sessions for dedicated players seeking to target specific aspects of their game, such as tackling for defensive backs or lifting football players one by one off a dogpile for referees.
Thanks to its perch along the Hudson River, LizzFitness was awarded Best Gym with a View in 2011 by Westchester Magazine. The scenic studio is home to certified personal trainer Lizz Endrich’s repertoire of fitness and wellness services, which span the workout spectrum with everything from TRX suspension training to aquatic boot-camp classes. Endrich’s fitness ideals include personalized attention, a comfortable workout space, and an enthusiasm to address overall health; being a reiki master and licensed massage therapist, she can also address overall health by offering soothing massage kneads and healing reiki techniques.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Baby-Ganics
Pro Tip: Dress your kids in comfortable clothes and be ready to have fun.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Amazing classes and birthday parties
Recommended Age Group: Kids
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level?starting as young as 6 months?and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.