Absolute Yoga's instructors uphold the studio’s mission to "make yoga readily accessible to every body" by guiding pupils through more than 50 classes ranging in style and difficulty level each week. Within two separate practice spaces, studio owner Leslie Luft and her band of certified instructors lead a wide variety classes, from prenatal yoga for expecting mothers to core-strengthening Pilates sessions and yoga classes rooted in more meditative modalities. To further foster a close community of health and wellness, Absolute Yoga hosts intensive workshops that help attendees expand their understanding of specific subjects such as inversion and balancing poses and holistic baby-food making.
The Bliss Studio's fitness regimen includes body-sculpting techniques both ultramodern and mystically archaic. Equipped with a variety of yoga techniques or Latin-infused Zumba moves, students can find their mental and emotional centers, de-stress their minds, and tighten and tone their bodies. Zumba's dance-based workout is perfect for Latin-dance fans, exercisers hoping to aerobically gyrate into a smaller size, or anybody who owns a Mexican-wrestling-match outfit that matches their leg warmers. Bliss's varied yoga regimens cater to posturing posers of every skill level. Get introduced to the ancient Indian discipline with Bliss Basics and release tension with Gentle Stretch, or select the appropriate I, II, or III level class to Sun Salutate your way to enlightenment and bendiness.
Members of Synergy Fitness Clubs thrive on choice. Choice of location? There are nine. Choice of activity? Instructors lead classes in almost any form of exercise imaginable, such as power sculpt, full-body circuits, and intense cycling. To make sure that members are making the choices that will help reach their fitness goals the fastest, the clubs are staffed with more than 100 lifestyle coaches. These pros are continually educated in their fields of specialty—which might mean nutrition counseling, yoga, or boxing.
A wide slate of equipment and amenities makes it as easy as possible to fit in workouts. Most locations are open 24 hours, and while parents lift free weights or dance a beautiful tango with a Precor elliptical, their kids can hang out in a free childcare room.
Sportime runs more than 150 tennis courts in the New York area, and it's not unusual to spot John McEnroe at one of them. The famous tennis player helms an eponymous tennis academy at three Sportime locations, whose young participants perfect their serves, master new techniques, and get pro tips from the legend himself.
McEnroe's academy is just one of Sportime's many offerings, however. Along with tennis lessons for adults, most complexes boast multi-sport courts for games such as basketball, volleyball, and Lean On The Net WIthout Falling. Inside group exercise studios, patrons can chisel their stomachs during "Ab-solution" classes, or dance off calories with festive Zumba routines. Most locations host multi-sport summer camps for kids, too, keeping youngsters active and teaching them to work as part of a team.
Ellen's Fitness Studio's eponymous guru designs her programs on the principles of the Complete Feel Good System, which focuses on seven healthy elements, including results-driven classes, nutritional knowledge, and high-level support. Cyclers can burn off calories in a rousing group atmosphere to pulse-thumping sounds of synchronized pedaling during spin sessions, and seasoned cardio-kickboxing instructors challenge pupils to tone muscles and hone self-defense skills for fighting aggressive honeybees. Other regularly scheduled classes include mat Pilates and Latin dance-inspired Zumba, as well as tower and reformer Pilates classes for those opting for the one-month membership. Ellen's expert muscle mavens also drop nutritious knowledge bombs about proper dieting and simple healthy lifestyle tips to aid fitness fanatics in reclaiming control of their bodies from harmful habits and alien pod people.