Despite its name, aerial yoga can be practiced without limber eagles or airplanes made out of silly putty. Practice suspended stretching with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two AntiGravity aerial-yoga classes at Asphalt Green (a $48 value).
A nonprofit fitness organization dedicated to bolstering the bodies of both members and guests, Asphalt Green provides tech-savvy training tools within the verdant corners of its 5.5-acre athletic campus and throughout New York City. During each aerial-yoga class, exercisers swing, pose, and dangle from AntiGravity hammocks to practice a new style that combines muscle development with games of The Floor is Made of Lava. With sturdy fabric securely suspended from the ceiling, the cloth trapezes enhance workouts by decompressing joints during inverted poses and extending stretches without as much strain. Workouts appeal to any fitness level and use accessible poses that are easy to hold while still effective at burning calories. Regular attendance in the aerial classes can promote better posture, strengthen muscles, and stop necks and backs from perpetually curling into ampersands. Levitating yogis help their pupils unlock their inner airplane in afternoon and evening classes scheduled throughout the week.
The nonprofit Asphalt Green keeps children, teens, and adults in shape with an array of fitness, swim, and sports activities and programs. Members enjoy full access to fitness centers equipped with Precor equipment, including treadmills and ellipticals with built-in TV screens, and lap swim pools fit for all levels of swimmers. For an additional fee, members can also take advantage of babysitting services offered for children ages six months to six years. The Upper East Side location's weightlifting area features a picturesque view of the East River, which members can also enjoy from the adjoining roof deck. Swimmers of all abilities glide through the 50-meter Olympic-sized pool, once home to Olympic bronze medalist Lia Neal and currently the home of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The Battery Park City offers a sunlit fitness center, 25-yard pool, and a wood floor gymnasium with open gym time and pick-up basketball. After battling on the court, members can refuel at the juice bar. The organization also offers training programs and seminars for triathletes, a variety of community outreach programs including adaptive swim for veterans, and kid-focused summer and sport camps to keep young ones from making bad decisions, such as using chewing gum to plug up holes in dams.
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