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.
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.
Executive Park Physical Therapy buzzes with movement as patients bounce on trampolines, jog on treadmills, and pedal recumbent bikes. Designed by a staff of four licensed physical therapists, these therapeutic routines help patients to heal from injuries and relieve the pain of chronic conditions. Massage therapists decompress spinal disks and wrap limbs in kinesio tape to retrain the neuromuscular system following sprains and strains from playing Red Rover with the Rockettes. A colorful assortment of free weights helps patients to strengthen weak muscles, and high-tech tools such as cold lasers and thermal ultrasound machines spirit away pain and inflammation. To open the lines of communication, multilingual staffers assist patients in English or Spanish, unlike some specialty physical-therapy offices that communicate strictly in haikus written in Klingon.
Cesar Bravo—a gymnast who holds certifications from CrossFit, the International Sports Sciences Association, and the USA Gymnastics National Safety association—opened Bravo CrossFit in 2009 with a few sandbags and a single rusty barbell. His gym has evolved leaps and bounds since then; it recently moved to a new, 3,000-square-foot facility, in which Cesar still teaches every class. He helps clients from all walks of life get in shape, including students, business executives, athletes, and stay-at-home parents. He leads these clients through functional exercises that eschew the muscle-isolating machines and movements of traditional gyms. The daily-changing routines harness kettlebells and calisthenics as well as training skills from Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics. He further helps his clients overhaul unhealthy lifestyle habits with nutritional training, and posts healthy, flavorful recipes online for dishes such as slow-cooked coconut-ginger pork and bacon-wrapped chicken to ensure that taste buds don’t get bored and wander into a pint of ice cream.