Erica Garcia bends over backwards to accommodate her students, whether organizing girls-night-out-style yoga parties in her intimate studio or tending to uninitiated students in yoga flow or fundamentals sessions. With signature humor, she spurs classes on, helping them push past asana plateaus in blended classes that include styles such as Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. To create a serene atmosphere, Erica leads healing postures in a warm room that glows with flickering candlelight and resonates with motivating music ideal for lending an upbeat tone to ghost stories.
Blink Fitness strives to make habitual exercise a natural, necessary component in its clients? daily lives. It does so by designing clean, practical gyms stripped of gimmicks and frills, stocked with sleek green equipment, and staffed by welcoming, motivating trainers. At each location, guests can choose from more than 150 Life Fitness and Precor machines that dream of boosting someone's strength and cardio capacity. There are other kinds of equipment lying around, too, including free weights, medicine balls, and strongmen willing to be powerlifted. For those who want an inspirational push and a targeted program, 30-minute personal-training sessions can be booked one at a time or in 5- or 10-session packages.
Designed for both kids and adults Animals MMA Yonkers caters to all ages and fitness levels. Inside the facility, trainers help their students reach individual goals, whether they're aiming to lose weight, build muscle, or develop self-defense techniques to become an MMA fighter.
For more than 25 years, the martial-arts masters at USA Martial Arts New York have worked toward one goal: to improve their students’ mental and physical strength. They achieve this goal through an assortment of martial-arts and cardio classes designed to help students of virtually any age and skill level to master control of their bodies while gaining self-confidence and discipline. Students looking to shed calories without the monotony of the gym can heave blows into heavy bags during cardio kickboxing classes.
Strongman competitor William Harris opened his gym to help exercisers achieve ultimate physical conditioning with an innovative approach to fitness that eschews the mirrored walls, isolated machine workouts, and pie-eating competitions of standard gyms. His cadre of personal trainers—most of whom are certified Level 1 CrossFit coaches—draws on real world athleticism: trainer Phaidra Knight was named the women's' rugby player of the decade 2000–2009, and Rob Gutierrez works as a physical trainer for the NYPD. For CrossFit sessions, certified trainers design intense, ever-changing workouts that safely push members while providing motivation and support. Classes rotate through various challenges such as calisthenics, weight lifting, kettlebells, and sprinting, relying on both intensity and variety of motion to improve comprehensive fitness. To bolster long-term health, coaches dispense nutrition tips that keep bodies fueled and give clients the tools to spur fat loss and muscle gain. The results build bodies that function in real-world tasks, such as running to catch a bus, lifting a sack of dog food, or throwing a discus and riding it to work.
Retro Fitness makes it easy to escape from the burn of your workout. In the movie theater, blockbusters are broadcast on a big screen in front of cardio machines; individual machines in the main space have their own 17-inch high-definition TVs with more than 30 channels. But hardcore exercisers might want to focus all their attention on the heart-pumping and strength-building equipment, which bears top-notch brand names including Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, and Intek. Either way, Retro Fitness makes gym visits a breeze with a number of amenities, including a smoothie bar, a pro shop, onsite childcare, tanning, and locker rooms with showers.