Most boot camps give fitness seekers a view of another person's back during class, so when certified trainer Ariane Hundt started her boot camp, she chose her favorite sightseeing spots in the city. Students make a round trip across the Brooklyn bridge, with unmatched views of the city along the way. But it's not your eyes that get the main workout. Self magazine named Ariane's class one of the hottest boot camps in the country because participants also challenge themselves using bridge structures and benches as exercise props. Ariane's stable of trainers lead other outdoor boot camps with scenic views as well, including one that begins and ends in Central Park. Each is a small-group session capped at 15–20 students that challenges people of virtually any fitness level, making it easy for students to join at any time. They can also get support in reaching their fitness goals with the company's nutrition and weight-loss programs.
A Brooklyn fixture since the early 1980s, Mr. C's Bicycles attracts enthusiasts of all stripes to its two-story, Seventh Avenue bike boutique. Professional bike fitters Carlos Valentino and Alessandro Matteucci maintain a fitting studio where they measure cyclists and analyze results to match them with their ideal handle-barred steed from manufacturers such as Cannondale, Trek, and Schwinn. The shop's daily crop of visitors can turn up serious cyclists training for the Tour de France as well as tourists renting bikes for a unique way to tour the boroughs or train to drive the family back home to Topeka in a rickshaw.
From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week , Unlimited Biking pairs subscribers with bikes for two-, three-, or four-hour jaunts based on their membership choice and hairdo-resilience threshold. After selecting a package, customers choose the days and time they want to reserve a bike, pick up their ride at the Unlimited Biking headquarters in Manhattan , and return it within the allotted time . The service rents out Biria Citibikes, and depending on the membership package, subscribers can make up to two or four reservations in advance at a time.
G&G Fitness caters to both bodybuilding buffs and amateurs wishing to enhance their earthly edifices at home with a range of premium equipment, including such notable brands as Life Fitness, Octane Fitness, and Precor. As trained physique formers, G&G's friendly staff members easily hunt and lasso the ideal muscle-molding or heart-strengthening apparatus for each individual customer's specific needs. Avoid outdoor biking's headaches of potholes and projectile burritos by staying indoors on an immobile Vision Fitness E1500 ($499), an upright exercise bike that offers a comfort arc seat, contact heart-rate sensors, and easy-to-adjust pedal straps. Elliptical machines ($799+) and treadmills ($1,495+), offer great ways to calibrate cardiovascular chronometers any time of the day or night. For muscle-sculpting, home-gym systems (starting at $1,299)?which combine benches, pulley systems, and weight stacks in one space-saving package?give exercisers a way to bolster biceps and strengthen solar plexuses without having to traverse crowded gym floors.
While everyone knows that a custom suit will fit better and last longer than something off the rack, not many people apply this logic to their bicycles. Bike Zone is working to correct this view by eschewing one-size-fits-all bikes in favor of cycles that are each built to its rider?s body type and intended usage. Staff begin by measuring clients for the correct frame and then adjust the seat and handlebars until each component is as comfortable and easy to control as possible. Clients can also test ride and compare any of the shop?s Raleigh, Trek, and Felt models, each of which has been expertly assembled by an in-store mechanic instead of by North Pole elves.
Bike Zone also specializes in repairs for all brands of bikes, and mechanics can be found manning six separate repair stations any time of day. Each new bicycle bought in the store comes with a free tune-up, and the shop also accepts trade-ins for bike-shop-quality bikes that are in good working order.
Spin City Cycle's friendly bicycle whisperers pamper steely steeds with a methodical, skillful checkup and tweaking. Ensure your continued well-being and ability to stop for wildly veering parades with an adjustment of front and rear brakes at the hands of the shop's skilled tandem surgeons. Gears and derailleurs receive the gentle upkeep necessary to keep them in optimal working order as a once-over of all bearing components protects their friction-free futures. Safeguard the integrity and efficiency of wheels with a minor truing, allowing them to harness the power of physics as effectively as Newton's softball team, whereas a realignment of the handlebars maximizes rider control and safety.