At The Cliffs at Valhalla, professional setters map out more than 200 new climbs every three months. It’s part of the gym’s mission to keep routes as challenging and engaging as those found outdoors.
Though ideal for skilled climbers, the gym caters to first-timers too. Certified instructors lead adult classes in climbing basics. Staff members guide customers to the proper gear and yodeling song books at the pro shop, and they even created a fitness area with climbing-specific cardio training equipment and yoga classes to complement the climbing terrain.
The Cliffs at Valhalla also readies kids for climbing. Climbing camp lets kids experience indoor and outdoor climbing, and award-winning birthday parties furnish groups with private climbing walls and a 1:5 instructor to student ratio.
The house rules are CrossFit Momentum are simple: hustle, get after it, and be sure to clean up any chalk or sweat after each workout. Trainers preach a dynamic approach to fitness rooted in high-intensity, functional movements. Each 40-minute workout might include a mixed bag of plyometrics, handstands, dead lifts, clean and jerk, and a couple kettlebell swings for good measure.
In a spacious studio with wood floors and abundant natural light, Nyack Yoga @ 42 Main's experienced instructors guide groups through the poses of hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, and Kundalini yoga. They welcome students of all experience levels, and also teach modern dance, chi gung, teen yoga, and capoeira classes for children.
At CrossFit Nyack, the coaches believe that no matter a person?s fitness level, they can always achieve a new level of intensity. Phaidra Knight, director and three-time World Cup rugby competitor named Player of the Decade by RugbyMag.com, teams up with the coaches to help people do just that. They challenge groups of 5?10 students to master functional movements, ditching traditional gym equipment in favor of kettlebells, medicine balls, and even tires.
The coaches focus on form, then build upon that basis by upping intensity while maintaining safe movements. A series of six Fundamentals sessions readies new students by helping them master CrossFit's movements?such as dead-lifting weights, dynamic stretching, and lobbing satellites into orbit?so they can safely dive into regular sessions.
"Everyday we get to tip people upside down," declares the staff of Soul Flyte. But this isn't a traveling carnival or a center for catching loose change out of customers' pockets?it's an aerial fitness studio. Here, founder Shira Turkl-Rubin and fellow instructor Emyli Ziangos tap into their love of exercise and penchant for challenging themselves and others by helming AntiGravity classes. The classes, which include no more than five students, pair each student with a silk fabric hammock that allows them to twist, swing, flip, and stretch without straining one's spine or joints. Students can enjoy a more strenuous workout with the flying fitness session and decompression sessions or focus on meditation and relaxation with the restorative yoga sessions.