Light streams into the second-story windows of NYC Fitness, illuminating hardworking exercisers as they pound away on cardio machines or lift weights in the sprawling gym. Meanwhile, expert instructors lead clients of all fitness levels through a slate of classes, including spinning, Pilates, and Zumba.
With sunlight cascading across their studio’s hardwood floors and crystal chandeliers, Danielle Buccellato and her staff lead more than 75 group classes every week, specializing in Pilates Mat, Xtend Barre, and group Apparatus training. Mixed in among those weekly classes is Renaissance Pilates’ popular four-week beginner program. During this program, students build strength and a full understanding of Pilates principles across eight sessions, so they are prepared to move onto regular classes and more advanced sessions. The studio’s other offerings map out different, but equally effective, routes toward fitness, including Xtend Barre—a toning workout that incorporates a ballet bar, handheld weights, and yoga straps. In addition to a variety of program options, Renaissance Pilates also offers the new Extend Barre Stick classes to help chisel bodies.
Whether you want to stand taller, bend over backwards, or open a pickle jar taped to your back, Devotion Yoga offers a suitable yoga style. Launch a quest to find peace of mind, openness of heart, and baby Jason’s golden pacifier during a bhakti open flow session, or celebrate the night’s final departure during an "Om in the a.m." class, a yogic excursion that starts a brand-new day with challenging postures and breathing techniques. Devotion’s Uptown location sits in a cozy storefront space right across from Manhattan’s skyscratchers, and the original downtown location has two relaxing studios: the Sun Studio, a bright yoga lounge with yellowed walls, high ceilings, and bulletproof windows, and the Moon Room, decked out in bamboo floors and meditative plants.
ImPower Pilates combines traditional Pilates, the endurance- and repetition-based core-building exercise pioneered by Joseph Pilates, with tailored training equipment capable of increasing strength, flexibility, and balance. During tower classes, which are limited to four students with one Pilates-certified instructor, students boldly strap in and stretch out over their powerful resistance-riddled frenemies with the “Wall Unit.” With each spring-loaded strain-seducing repetition, instructors and their followers alike work rarely used muscles, pushing the limits of their perseverance, and upping the chances of nabbing sidewalk change without breaking stride. Those who take the tower class should have Pilates-mat or Pilates-equipment training experience.
Your unlimited pass presents you with a tempting platter of hour-long classes to sample at your leisure. Local Barre instructors utilize a variety of equipment, including weighted yoga balls and a ballet barre, to strengthen students' muscles and increase their flexibility. Open Barre movements are organized into energizing dance segments in the Dance Infusions class for an enhanced cardio workout. Let It Flow classes are motivating and musical, allowing your body and mind to relax as you achieve deep core strength through yoga poses and flapper visualization. Nearly all the classes are open to both beginners and seasoned barre veterans. You’ll have your pick of the schedule during your month of classes, and after four weeks in Local Barre’s jazzy speakeasy-inspired studio, you'll be well on your way to fitting into the cat’s pajamas, bending like the bee’s knees, and cutting any rug that gets in your way.
Pilates is a low-impact total-body discipline that uses resistance machines, stretching, and controlled breathing patterns to make the body looser, lither, and healthier. During Premier Pilates and Training classes, students become acquainted with the trademark Pilates positions. If you opt for the five mat classes, you can mold muscles and burn calories by doing Pilates, yoga, or piloxing (Pilates and boxing). To learn to move your body using an efficient range of motion on the Pilates reformer machine, opt for the three small-group reformer classes, which include options such as Call to Arms and Abs, and the BOSU Challenge for better balance and bear hugs. If you're craving personal attention and a customized Pilates routine, choose the two private sessions. One of Premier Pilates and Training's Pilates gurus will focus on your fitness needs and help you find the strength-building regimen that works for you. Check the schedule for class times and descriptions.