The sound engineers at Strong Side Studios usher singers, dancers, and musicians of all ages into the spotlight at their professional recording studio. They foster a relaxed recording environment, welcoming groups and solo artists in their soundproof booths to lay down R&B, hip-hop, pop, rock, and country tracks. And they'll even help folks with no recording experience create a Christmas album or record a steamy Valentine's Day song to present to their loved one. Kids get into the mix at birthday parties, during which each party-goer gets to records the song of their choice. To conclude the festivities, they unite the group to harmonize for a recording of Happy Birthday, which all the attendants take home on a CD to play for their parents or to sell boot-leg copies of on the playground.
They also welcome folks to use their space to get fit, as they offer fitness classes including boot-camp and Zumba, whose high-energy dance moves might prep a budding music-video star.
Markisha Beckford studies the human body the way an engineer might study a particularly complex machine, so it makes sense that she works at a place called The Fitness Workshop. Having trained with top fitness experts such as Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Beckford is fully equipped to help clients adopt healthier dietary and exercise routines. Her holistic approach to health examines how these two areas—nutrition and fitness—are connected, and how an improvement to one might benefit the other. When she's not leading classes in spinning and Pilates, Beckford offers nutritional advice and posts healthy recipes on her website.
Fabulous Fitness NYC mixes up exercise with fun, dance-oriented classes, including three types of Zumba in addition to the traditional method. Zumba Toning adds a muscle-sculpting element, Zumba Sentao peppers in chair moves, and Zumbatonic tweaks the workout for kids. In addition, Fabulous? other classes, which include cardio dance, belly dancing, yoga, and Pilates, also integrate rhythm and grace as essential components of fitness.
Louraine Keene of LuVO2 Fitness is passionate about Zumba. She feels that when her fitness classes?a fusion of dance aerobics and Latin rhythms?feel like a dance party, clients will enjoy working out. Simultaneously boosting metabolisms and having fun is Louraine?s goal, and her popular Zumba sessions burn fat and build lean muscle in several locations around NYC.
Since its inception in 2000, TKO Kickboxers has helped its clients break past personal fitness goals with a blend of high-energy exercises and martial-arts techniques designed to burn fat and tone muscle. Students skip rope, sprint, tackle pushups, and punch and kick their way to the peak of physical fitness, cheered on by experienced, knowledgeable coaches.
Kickboxing Fitclub maintains a comprehensive list of kickboxing schools throughout the region, pointing people to the destination nearest them for cardio workouts. The 40-minute Cardio Fitness and Dynamic Tension classes help tone muscles and strengthen the heart.