The Athletic Club of York, co-owned by a national collegiate-racquetball champion and an AFAA certified personal trainer, ensures a friendly, laid-back atmosphere with a down-to-earth staff that strives to remember each visitor by name. The 26,000-square-foot gym unfurls enough elbow space for exercisers to wrestle with strength and cardio equipment before overcoming post-workout soreness with services such as massage therapy. The gym's communal vibe also fosters the positive tone of group fitness classes, during which feet master Zumba steps or kickboxing strikes in an aerobic studio. Guests can plunge into the indoor lap pool for self-guided strokes, aquatic programs, or swimming lessons, while children break down and rapidly reassemble slingshots at a Kidz Fit Club boot camp.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
At CrossFit Duration, trainers Dave Stair and Robie Leese lead exercisers through intense Workout of the Day sessions, helping clients improve their strength and mobility. Trainers work with clients of all fitness levels, helping exercisers build physical skills and self-discipline to help them stay fit for life.
The 200-year-old farmhouse that holds Barefoot Yoga and Wellness Studio now stands as a place where health and wellness are carefully cultivated. In its confines, the staff’s work ranges from small-group yoga and tai chi classes to holistic services such as ear candling and hypnotherapy. Occasional workshops, certification programs, and events are available for those who want to take their wellness studies to a higher level.
Mia Bostic and her team of instructors take a multidisciplinary approach to yoga, leading classes that represent a range of philosophies and aim to challenge both body and mind. Beginners’ classes introduce newcomers to the fundamentals of pose transitions and breath-work, while advanced Bhakti Vinyasa and Ashtanga classes focus on honing both meditation and traditional poses.