La Femme Fitness & Dance was created by women as a flirty alternative to monotonous fitness regimes, helping their fellow ladies unleash their inner vixens while whipping them into shape. The studio’s supportive instructors conquer inhibitions and liberate muscles with workouts that unite pole dancing, sensual movement, and fitness techniques to strengthen both minds and bodies. Through classes including pole dancing, butt-shaping booty camp, and exotic-dance classes, they help women hone their self-confidence and sculpt fitter frames in all the right places—upper bodies, waists, and thighs—without losing their curves. The instructors disguise elements of yoga, Pilates, and resistance training within their sultry dance routines, which are inspired by techniques from ballet, belly dancing, and the re-shelving motion of librarians.
In addition to flirty fitness classes, the instructors host pole-dancing parties, livening up bachelorette parties and girls night out. They encourage partygoers to don stilettos, costumes, and props as they slink around poles and light fires of desire with exotic dance moves. In addition to flirty fitness classes, the instructors host pole-dancing parties, livening up bachelorette parties and girls night out. They encourage partygoers to don stilettos, costumes, and props as they slink around poles and light fires of desire with exotic dance moves.
East Coast Fitness’s 20,000 square feet house separate rooms for martial arts, spinning, group workouts, massages, and general exercise. On the main floor, strength-training machines, cardio machines, and free weights occupy separate areas, with additional room sectioned off for stability ball exercise and a herd of eight punching bags. Certified trainers and instructors also lead more than 15 classes that range from spinning and Pilates to yoga, kickboxing, agility training, and Zumba. In the lobby, a juice bar refreshes hungry athletes and a separate room offers free childcare.
Feeling unsatisfied with her role in corporate America, Cindy Lai abandoned her pumps for a pair of sneakers, embracing her true passion by creating Cindy Lai Fitness. Now a certified personal trainer, CrossFit instructor, and kettlebell sport coach, Cindy fills her days with personal-training and boot-camp sessions. Her personal-training clients get one-on-one attention, while boot campers get challenging workouts in a small-group atmosphere. Both types of sessions blend Cindy's personal interests—ranging from Pilates to running—into routines, which she designs to be as fun and engaging as a diamond ring that squirts out champagne.
Most boot camps give fitness seekers a view of another person's back during class, so when certified trainer Ariane Hundt started her boot camp, she chose her favorite sightseeing spots in the city. Students make a round trip across the Brooklyn bridge, with unmatched views of the city along the way. But it's not your eyes that get the main workout. Self magazine named Ariane's class one of the hottest boot camps in the country because participants also challenge themselves using bridge structures and benches as exercise props. Ariane's stable of trainers lead other outdoor boot camps with scenic views as well, including one that begins and ends in Central Park. Each is a small-group session capped at 15–20 students that challenges people of virtually any fitness level, making it easy for students to join at any time. They can also get support in reaching their fitness goals with the company's nutrition and weight-loss programs.
Paul, a former marine, and Sara, a globetrotting expert in yoga, founded Vegan Yoga Boot Camp with a common goal in mind: achieving wellness through holistic practices. To this end, the duo leads 30- and 60-minute boot camps that merge yoga and high-intensity interval training. Held at dawn and dusk amid the splendor and mischievous pixies of Manhattan parks, the camps vacillate between both types of exercise to lengthen and strengthen bodies. The two instructors captain workouts in tandem, but at different levels of intensity, allowing students to progress toward fitness at their own pace.
Vegan Yoga Boot Camp's plant-based diet plans enhance its exercise regimes. Though participants are encouraged to cut out meat altogether, Sara and Paul will work with steadfast carnivores to augment animal proteins with garden-reaped nutrition. Boot camps also include support in the form of podcasts, videos, emails, and blog posts, as well as meal plans and recipes, but patrons can enjoy more personalized coaching upon verbal or sky-written request.
Junius Morgan, the National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified trainer behind Unlimited Fitness NYC, has bountiful experience as an athlete, from boxing to running three NYC marathons. Junius specializes in personal and group training, provided in home, in Central Park, or at the Unlimited Fitness NYC studio. During group boot-camp training, Junius designs equipment-free workouts that follow boxing routines to help athletes work major muscle groups. Boot camps also include smoothies and protein shakes, and a weekly Fitness Night Out with the rest of Unlimited Fitness NYC’s athletes.