A lifelong acolyte of martial arts, native New Yorker and master instructor Joe Maurantonio discovered Bujinkan in the early ‘80s and trained under America’s top practitioners. An official member of the American Shidoshi Kai organization of Bujinkan teachers and the international Bujinkan Dojo, Maurantonio learned from international masters, including school founder soke Masaaki Hatsumi.
Comprising nine schools of martial arts, the Bujinkan tradition traces its roots to the styles used by ninja and samurai in feudal Japan. Classes eschew competition and artificial rules for exercises that recreate realistic combat situations. Students study attacks and defenses in slow exercises, perfecting rolls and disabling moves with a focus on personal growth, effective self-defense, and preparation for battles with armed closet monsters.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
There's no secret to Bronxville Training by Design's personalized approach to fitness. The company's trainers simply find exercises proven to tone and shape the body, and then apply these exercises to individual workout plans. It may not sound all that groundbreaking, but these trainers have drawn on their collective experience to create workouts that are as interesting as they are intense. In personal-training or small-group sessions, they may start out with kettlebell lifts that strengthen the core and build endurance. These lifts often serve as a prelude to heart-pumping kickboxing workouts and TRX suspension training that uses body weight as resistance. Clients can also supplement their strength training through yoga classes, designed to better mind-body connections and increase flexibility.
The staff at I Train With Juan follows the You Can and Will Be Fit method, which outlines the most important elements of starting an exercise regimen—and sticking to it. Inside the facility, this method manifests in the form of one-on-one training sessions and group classes, including Zumba, boxing, and Muscle Hustle, a class that focuses especially on weight training. Conveniently, I Train with Juan makes it easy to sign up for and learn more about its classes through a phone app available in the App Store and on Google Play.
Equipment: Stotts Pilates equipment
Students should bring: Bottle of water.
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking