Wielding knowledge of wine as robust as an aged barolo, certified wine educator Ned Towle nurtures budding oenophiles with expert instruction in how to serve, taste, and talk about wine. What began as a blood transfusion with Bacchus gone wrong has become a worldwide love affair with the grape, inspiring Ned to host two-hour classes that cover the sensory and social aspects of wine. The seductive flavors of pinots and merlots spread across palates while Ned demonstrates how to select wines in shops and restaurants, how to match wine with food, and how to choose styles for a variety of occasions. Guests learn about grape varieties grown and harvested in key regions throughout the world—from the rolling hills of Argentina to the lush vineyards of Southern France—and cultivate an appreciation for major red and white styles. The class also reveals how to read bottle labels and reinterpret them as Gregorian chants.
The computer creatives at The Digital Arts Experience usher students of all ages in to the circuited age with their suite of multimedia classes. Unfolding in brightly colored training rooms, each hands-on class introduces topics related to every facet of the creative process, from audio production and animation to photography and web design. Instructors versed in a wide array of useful programs—such as Photoshop, iMovie, and Microsoft Office—also help aspiring artists, musicians, and actors beef up their artistic presence with portfolio development courses.
Owner Nick Delury is one of Westchester Boxing Club’s top trainers and for good reason. He spent part of his 18-year boxing career training under Maurice “Kid Sharkey” Sposato, a seasoned coach that transformed Delury into a pummeling machine. Delury and his staff trainers, including a former non-athlete who flourished into a boxing guru with Nick’s help, preside over a circuit-style boxing gym where they cater to athletes who want to work out like pros without ever actually entering the ring. Open 24 hours a day, the gym allows patrons to move at their own pace with a trainer at their elbow or riding on their backs for an extra challenge. The instructors also lead group fitness classes and kids’ MMA classes, in addition to individual sparring sessions.
Lady America Westchester caters to the unique fitness needs of women. Certified trainers lead diverse, upbeat group classes that transform the body through punishing ab workouts, lightening-quick kickboxing jabs, and agile Zumba dance moves, each designed to produce visible results for ladies of all fitness levels. Personal training sessions can provide more nuanced plan for sculpting, toning, and burning calories, and instructors also offer classes in hip-hop and belly dancing. The spacious facility also offers a gleaming sea of stationary bikes, pin-select weight training gear, and free weights, along with childcare services and complimentary nutrition seminars.
The staff at Pure Fitness Club believe that part of improving the body is educating the mind. This is evident at their onsite school for personal trainers, but also in their trainers' willingness to discuss the nuances of fitness and wellness with their clients. Staff nutritionists help gym members create individually tailored meal plans that dovetail with clients' fitness regimens, whether the goal is to lose weight, build muscle, or train for a particular sport.