Exercise keeps the body in peak condition, which explains the marbleized Thigh Master lying next to Michelangelo's David. Enjoy an anatomical Renaissance with today's Groupon: for to East Side Training. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get five group fitness classes (a $162.50 value).
- For $69, you get 10 group fitness classes (a $300 value).
Fitness gurus Michael Margulies and Golden Gloves heavyweight champ Joseph Stritmater helm a talented team of trainers who lead small group fitness classes with a fighting focus at this Upper East Side club. High-intensity boot-camp classes incorporate intensive aerobic drills and core-strengthening exercises for full-body fitness. TRX suspension training, invented by Navy SEALs, uses dangling straps and body resistance to work each major muscle group, increase overall flexibility, and provide a gradual method for weaning oneself off a trapeze addiction. Those looking to add some punch to their workouts can also choose from mixed-martial-arts classes, such as explosively powerful muay thai or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, where grappling and ground-fighting techniques combine to teach a practical form of self-defense. Offering a schedule as flexible as a contortionist on an aimless Saturday stroll, East Side Training holds classes in the mornings and evenings.
East Side Training’s paradoxically cheerful confines feature a colorful array of workout accouterments. Cherry-red mats line the floor for cushioned martial-arts action; dangling heavy bags and featureless mannequins stand ready to take punches, kicks, and hands in marriage. Rounding out the workout space are tall mirrors and windows that admit ample natural light to keep sweating bodies visible throughout the lineup of forceful fitness classes.
Founded by champion kickboxer Josef Stritmator, Eastside Training provides personalized instruction via small boot-camp and martial-arts classes. Stretched across 1,200 square feet on the Upper East Side, the fitness arena stocks rows of kettle bells, TRX suspension equipment, and heavy bags. Enthusiastic and highly trained instructors lead daily sessions, helping students to shed unwanted pounds, tone torsos, and bench-press rowdy roommates. During a kids’ conditioning class, youngsters practice martial-arts disciplines such as karate and tae kwon do to build the strength, character, and concentration needed to beat one’s own reflection in a staring contest.
Upper East Side
960 Madison Ave.
Manhattan, New York 10021