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 nonprofit Asphalt Green keeps children, teens, and adults in shape with an array of fitness, swim, and sports activities and programs. Members enjoy full access to a 15,000-square-foot duplex fitness center lined with Precor and Technogym equipment, including treadmills and ellipticals with built-in TV screens. In the gym's weightlifting area, patrons can take a breather between reps as they gaze at picturesque views from the gym’s adjoining roof deck. Swimmers of all abilities glide through the 50-meter Olympic-sized pool, once home to Olympic bronze medalist Lia Neal and currently the home of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Those opting for fitness classes can choose from 80 different sessions weekly—from Zumba and Pilates to martial arts to swimming. The gym also offers training programs and seminars for triathletes, a variety of community outreach programs including adaptive swim for veterans, and kid-focused summer and sport camps to keep young ones from making bad decisions, such as using chewing gum to plug up holes in dams. Patrons can also take advantage of the center’s babysitting services, which are open to children ages 6 months to 6 years.
Deemed "one of the city's leading cultural centers" by New York magazine, the 92nd Street Y has sparked nonprofit projects and engaging performances since its founding in 1874. Centers for art, creative writing, and educational outreach flex the muscles of the mind while the May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport molds physiques on multiple floors of advanced workout arenas. Visitors might ease into a jazz or dance series at the Theresa L. Kaufmann Concert Hall, whose seating accommodates 915 people or 450 musicians on take-your-bassoon-to-work day, or watch a concert and other 92nd Y events from the personal monitors perched on the gym's cardio machines. Eight programming centers, including The School of the Arts, and the May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport interweave lectures, exercise and academic classes for adults and children, film screenings, and long-distance learning into a pursuit of shared wellness. During lectures, such special guests as Bill Gates, Woody Allen, and Bill Clinton have taken the stage to talk about their careers or debut new tap dancing routines.
This Upper West Side community center offers a wide range of cultural events, educational programs and fitness facilities to like-minded folks in the neighborhood. The Manhattan Jewish Community Center is housed in the Samuel Priest Rose Building on Amsterdam Avenue, and runs eleven stories, with over 137,000 square feet of space. That means an inviting atrium, basement-level performance space and a fitness center complete with a pool – a rarity for New York City. The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery inside hangs an array of exhibits and features accompanying programs, while locals can pick up a season pass to the in-house film center. Classes at the community centers are offered on a wide range of subjects, from printmaking to finance, while swimming lessons, personal training and massages are available in the fitness center.
Since its original founding in the Bronx, ASL Sports has expanded its mission to encompass a huge roster of physical pursuits for individuals and groups. Activities include season-length basketball, softball, flag football, and indoor-soccer leagues for adults of varying skill levels. Additionally, ASL Sports offers fitness programs designed for casual visitors as well as athletes looking to improve upon their game. Dance-based Zumba classes and aerobic workouts elevate heart rates, while Vinyasa yoga places emphasis on breath control and postural alignment. ASL Sports even hosts boot camps that combine calisthenics with body-weight exercises, which build strength, speed, agility, and stamina over time.
With more than 120 classes and a plethora of programs offered each week, the YMCA bolsters bodies with invigorating and enjoyable fitness regimens throughout Manhattan. Aspiring circus strongpersons have their pick from brawn-building courses such as kettlebell for a full flexibility workout, spinning for 45 minutes of fat-burning cardio, and capoeira for winning dance-fights against hard-bargaining local street vendors.