New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
Clattering pins don't just echo across the half-century-old lanes of Woodmere Lanes during traditional open-bowl hours, but also during unique late-night events on weekend evenings. On Fridays, infectious tunes pulse from speakers to underscore X-Treme Bowling events that don't just tolerate post-strike break dances, they encourage them. Midnight Marathons on Saturday nights, otherwise, pit players against each other in a pin-crushing race for cash prizes. Tasty snacks and frothy suds from the concession stand are available all week, when players can cheer on their favorite adult or junior league.
Lock N Surf recognizes the difficulties of being a surfer in the city, carrying boards for blocks and trying to maneuver through crowded subway trains. The Lock N Surf staff makes their lives a little easier by offering 24-hour access to a private storage facility where clients can stow their boards and gear between trips to Rockaway Beach. Using an electronic key tag that's waterproof for wearing in the ocean, clients gain entrance to Lock N Surf facilities located just two blocks from the beach's only dedicated surf spot. After carving through waves, surfers can wash off in private showers and use Lock N Surf's cleaning equipment to hose off any sand or maps to Atlantis stuck to their boards.
On each of the 18 holes at Jacob Riis Park Golf Course, players have three chances to pitch and putt their way to par. Splayed over the 26,000-acre Gateway National Park, holes are kept short—150 yards and less—so as to make accuracy the prime concern, as opposed to driver distance or leaping like Michael Jordan some 400 yards and dunking the golf ball. Since the course's establishment in 1935, this attribute as well as the wide-open format and generous bent-grass greens have made it an ideal place for beginners and rust-banishing veterans to hone short game skills.
Warren Levi Martial Arts & Fitness challenges participants to mix elements of strength, power, speed, gymnastics, endurance, agility, and conditioning. Sessions are fueled by intense, functional workouts that energize burgeoning and seasoned athletes alike. When students are not participating in classes, they are trading blows and building stronger bodies as they delve into the study of martial arts and self-defense. Students can also shape up through noncontact cardio-kickboxing sessions, and kids can build confidence during children?s karate programs.
From its surfside location in Rockaway Beach, Aloha NYC Surf School teaches students how to navigate the sea on surfboards. During private and group surfing lessons, instructors demonstrate basic warm-up techniques to get the muscles moving. Then, they show students how to balance on their boards in the water, paddle in search of a wave, and pop up to ride it back to the shore. The school also provides wetsuits, boards, and rash guards as part of every lesson.