Spinning in Tarrytown

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Ride Revolution's method for blasting calories and chiseling muscles into the body involves shocking the system and keeping muscles guessing at what level of strenuousness is coming next. Cycling-class participants have to push through terrain that varies from steep inclines to flat sprints, motivated only by the instructor's encouragement, the class's upbeat music, and the fistfuls of pennies promised upon completion.

In the dark, cool cycling room, exercisers atop top-of-the-line Schwinn bikes keep their legs pumping in a variety of classes, including a 45-minute midday ride, a 60-minute standard cycle session, and even a charity ride. Unlike traditional gyms, which can't focus all their energy on cycling, Ride Revolution is a cycling-only studio, which means it features such amenities as stadium-style seating, atmospheric lighting, and the cutting-edge Performance IQ heart-rate-monitoring system.

277 Livingston Street
Northvale,
NJ
US

Barry Coleman studied the sciences of kinesis and indoor cycling separately, before deciding to combine the two into a single full-body form of exercise at Spinsational Fitness Studio. Beyond the gym's green awnings stand rooms packed from wall to wall with stationary bikes, ready to bear riders on a journey to better fitness. Some rooms remain conspicuously empty of the equipment, more frequently used for Bokwa and jump rope classes. Barry fuels each form of exercise with complimentary waters and fresh pieces of fruit for all his students.

Barry's classes don't just lead to better health for his clients, though. He gives back to the community by hosting events like the Briarcliff Cancer Spinathon, organized by 13-year-old Jordana Cohen to replace the Pediatric Cancer Club's cancelled annual bike-a-thon to raise money for cancer research.

450 N State Rd.
Briarcliff Manor,
NY
US

One can look behind every stationary bike or beneath each treadmill, and never come across a man at American Woman Fitness Center. They will, however, find a swimming pool, rows of cardio machines, and a studio that hosts more than 50 fitness classes. Because the health club only admits women at its two locations, gals can feel more comfortable and confident as they break a sweat on elliptical machines and weight-training equipment.

The all-female staff leads a slew of group fitness classes, including CrossFit, Corebar training, Zumba, and yoga classes, some of which take place in the swimming pool and can result in highly desirable dolphin abs. In addition to classes, they offer personal-training sessions along with weight-loss and nutritional counseling tailored to female physiques. Clients can also monitor their children in the childcare area via TV screens while they work out in cardio or group fitness areas.

700 Broadway St.
Westwood,
NJ
US

At Xtreme Fitness, an expansive 30,000-square-foot, three-floor space welcomes visitors to build their bodies with an arsenal of exercise bikes, free weights, weight machines, and fight-training equipment. A fleet of flatscreen TVs, a supplement bar, and a relaxing sauna eases hardworking muscles and minds, and a staff of eminently certified trainers helps clients achieve and exceed fitness goals with personal training and boot-camp and spin classes.

6 Gramatan Avenue
Mount Vernon,
NY
US

Amy and Chris Miller don't want healthy living to stop the minute their clients leave the gym. ?We strive to help our clients reach a new level of mindfulness and physical well-being that can be transferred into their daily lives,? the owners explain. That's why they incorporate a holistic approach to Maxfit Indoor Cycling Retreat. Their spinning classes help to strengthen core and leg muscles while boosting metabolism and burning calories long after the sessions end.

25 Washington Street
Tenafly,
NJ
US

At Energy Fitness & Performance Center, members can decide what workout suits them best. That's because the sprawling facility allows them to exercise on their own, in a group, or one-on-one with a personal trainer. They can create a personalized workout with treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights in the sun-soaked gym. Or, they can head to the studio for fitness classes such as spinning, Zumba, and boot camp. They can also get pointers on bench-pressing and building muscles during personal training sessions. These sessions are designed to help members reach individual goals such as completing a marathon or having a town in Greece unveil you as a Zeus statue.

50 Piermont Road
Cresskill,
NJ
US