While E Studio Hot Yoga may never reach the size of General Electric—one of the companies for which owner Emily has led corporate fitness efforts—it's still an ambitious undertaking. A team of instructors leads the center's classes, which range from ballet-barre workouts set to upbeat music to power-yoga sessions held in a 90-degree studio. Like a crutch with a manufacturing error, the schedules at both the Clifton Park and Latham locations are flexible; classes take place seven days a week, with a variety of morning and evening classes held throughout the week.
The staff at The Pilates Principle & GYROTONIC Albany, led by physical therapist Nuhar Jaleel, helps students improve their physical strength and fitness through a variety of unique, inspired workouts. In Nia classes, students turn, step, and kick in barefooted unison to rhythmic music from more than 45 countries during a unique cardio routine that combines dance and martial arts. The unique combination of 52 movements increases cardiovascular strength while targeting the lower body, the upper body, and the nougaty core.
Though the locally owned ABC Sports and Fitness has been in business since 1989, its sparkling rows of modern fitness facilities make it seem brand new. Past its rows of circuit machines and strength-training equipment lies a full gymnasium with a cushioned indoor track, where instructors lead more than 80 fitness classes throughout the week. Within a private cycling studio, 30 professional indoor bikes bustle and hum during group spinning sessions. Changing rooms house sleek wooden locker rooms and a sauna, along with showers where guests can belt out commercial jingles in privacy. While visiting the gym, members can also take advantage of onsite childcare facilities, professional tanning booths, and regular senior-citizen community group meetings.
LA Boxing offers fitness classes in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. The proprietary style of the LA Boxing workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-Earth gravity. Quasi-boxers and martial artists can burn from 800 to more than 1,000 calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration with jukes, jabs, and kicks. Both men and women are welcome in the ring, where they'll learn new techniques and methods to blissfully break into a sweat in an energetic group setting. Gloves are provided during the month-long trial membership, as are a set of reusable hand wraps and complimentary motivational mumbling from Mickey Goldmill (all three subject to availability).
HulaFit's certified instructors tone bodies with up-tempo beats and fun, whirling hula-hoop workouts. The low-impact, motivational classes meet twice a week and are open to human gyroscopes of any level; a spinning sensei will happily give primers to visitors who've never hula hooped before. During the one-hour classes, pupils will tone their arms, abs, backs, and legs—lowering blood pressure and increasing metabolism along the way. Booty shakers who don't own a hula hoop may borrow one from the studio or craft one from a whale's monocle.
The energetic trainers at Albany CrossFit burnish bodies with the same sweat-manufacturing workout routines used by police academies and tactical operations teams, focusing on principal strength and conditioning. Before hefting a single kettlebell, students must first complete a six-course On Ramp program, which teaches groups of four to eight newcomers the recurrent movements of the CrossFit curriculum, including deadlifts, squats, and challenging your reflection to a flexing contest. In addition to mastering techniques in the physical realm, pupils will also glean healthful tips from lectures on nutrition and mobility. The entire On Ramp course must be completed in two weeks, including all relevant at-home assignments, which may cover postworkout recovery and how to turn your neighbor's house into your personal gym.
With three gorgeous and wide-open spaces in which to cultivate the seeds of spiritual well-being, The Center for Nia and Yoga mends the rift between mind and body with a schedule chock-full of Nia dance and yoga classes. Nia is an eclectic fitness and lifestyle program that incorporates dance steps, martial-arts movements, and funky grooves in a soulful expression of spiritual harmony. Trainer Casey Bernstein leads students through the joyful motions, boogying up the foothills of nirvana in classes that emphasize both community and personal restoration. Friendly yoga instructors make sure that wayward chakras stay in line with a litany of athletic and restorative yoga styles that range in intensity from gentle stretching to vigorous flows. Beginners and experts alike can rack up frequent-levitation miles in Vinyasa yoga flow or deep-relaxation classes, and pre-natal courses produce babies that mediate rather than whine. Occasional community dance jams and activities make this premier studio a superb place for students of all ages to practice asanas or train for upcoming Bollywood casting calls.