Thinking of the city rarely calls images of fog-ringed mountains and wolf-filled forests to mind, but Discover Outdoors?formerly known as Outdoor Bound?turns these scenes into reality. Owner, avid outdoorsman, and eight-time marathon runner Kirk Reynolds makes sure of it. He and a staff of experts?each a licensed trail guide and Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT?temper the stress of city living with day trips to nearby natural enclaves and weekend camping excursions. The getaways thrill with activities such as hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding.
International trips, meanwhile, quench a thirst for life-defining adventures beyond trips to the grocery store during peak Saturday hours. Among them: hikes up famed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, treks to Machu Picchu in Peru, and jaunts through the Canadian Rockies. Some of the journeys even grant travelers the opportunity to fundraise for a worthy cause as they explore.
At Fremont Laser MedSpa, Dr. James Kojian is as one of the first doctors in the Bay area to utilize this new laser treatment, and Fremont Laser Med Spa has treated more than 18,000 clients of every skin type, including more than 3,000 iLipo and Cavitation patients for fat reduction. He oversees a team of laser technicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians' assistants as they administer FDA-approved beautification services that keep skin looking youthful. Dr. Kojian draws on his experience in the fields of anti-aging and longevity as well as aesthetics, calibrating his arsenal of lasers to target everything from wrinkles and rosacea to unwanted hair and rebel spacecraft. Fat-liquifying lasers safely circumvent the skin to liquefy fat cells, aiming to let the body flush them away for a potential loss of inches.
"A tired dog is a good dog," says Angi Aramburu, fitness trainer and mastermind behind Go Fetch Run, a unique fitness program where man's best friend becomes man's best exercise partner. The concept, which dawned on Ms. Aramburu after her successful stint instructing the parent-baby workout class Stroller Strides, shortens the leash between pet and owner in a series of intense exercises at scenic Prospect Park. In boot camps set at twilight and dusk, pairs form even tighter bonds in intense total-body conditioning exercises that take advantage of two- and four-legged dynamics. In strength training, agility, core work, and cardio exercises, panting partners take to the park's hills in training sessions that improve the temperament of both species with positive reinforcement. Like a Westminster Dog Show crossbred with the X-Games, the workouts also feature a "Down and Dirty Obstacle Course" where dog-owner teams slalom across pylons, hop rope ladders, crawl through tunnels, and jump through hoops. For those who shy from boot-camp intensity, Go Fetch Run also offers a weekly run/walk with the Woof Pack, which is broken into groups depending on the pair's desired speed.
Parkour, a discipline and art form of movement and exercise, has a surprisingly simple objective: travel between two points as efficiently as possible. However, spectacular feats spring from that goal. Parkour movements comprise a calorie-torching high-octane mix of swinging, leaping, crawling, flipping, and running.
At Gym Park Parkour, the instructors teach this "urban gymnastics" to students ages 8 and up of all skill levels. In their indoor training facility?which is chock full of padded equipment?they lead them in moves derived from free-running, tumbling, and gymnastics, encouraging free, confident movements that make you feel like an agile alley cat. As students execute the gravity-defying maneuvers, they simultaneously build their strength, speed, balance, and spacial awareness, which can help you become a super-famous ninja. The Parkour community through its workouts also strives to be a place where children and adults can find a place to be encouraged and accepted.
As part of the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, located at the historic Chelsea Piers, the Golf Club perches over the same port that once welcomed ships into New York City. Now, golfers tee up in the driving range's 52 heated and weather-protected stalls, which overlook the glinting waters of the Hudson River. Automatic tee-up systems position balls for launch across the 200-yard, net-enclosed fairway. A putting green allows patrons to improve their short game, and two Full Swing simulators encourage them to take hacks in virtual environs, transporting them to famous courses across the country or fifth-grade birthday parties where they missed the pi?ata.
Children and adults alike can enlist in Golf Club at Chelsea Piers? classes, which stratify students by experience level. The 12-member coaching staff includes PGA and LPGA professionals, and sessions take place in a 2,000-square-foot teaching facility.
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 fitness centers equipped with Precor equipment, including treadmills and ellipticals with built-in TV screens, and lap swim pools fit for all levels of swimmers. For an additional fee, members can also take advantage of babysitting services offered for children ages six months to six years. The Upper East Side location's weightlifting area features a picturesque view of the East River, which members can also enjoy from the 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.
The Battery Park City offers a sunlit fitness center, 25-yard pool, and a wood floor gymnasium with open gym time and pick-up basketball. After battling on the court, members can refuel at the juice bar. The organization 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.