Although you don't pronounce the equals sign, it's appropriate that IM=X—or Integrated Movement eXercise—resembles a scientific equation: it applies modern research in cardiovascular health and spinal anatomy to the time-tested discipline of Pilates. Since it was founded in the late 1990s, this fitness method has drawn the attention of media outlets such as Shape, Self, and the New York Times. The program’s concept stemmed from founder Elyse McNergney’s Pilates certifications, MA in movement science, and EdM in exercise physiology from Columbia University.McNergney devised a method for teaching students how to stabilize their core-muscle groups while keeping the spine elongated and safe during the workout. Its ideal outcome is a decompressed spine, better posture, and the ability to provide piggyback rides for 12 toddlers at a time. The program has also been used to rehabilitate professional athletes, dancers, and patients suffering from chronic pain. The Wyckoff location offers IMX Mat, Reformer, Tower, Platforms, Yoga, personal training, barre, and more at their boutique studio.
Skilled dancers Kelley and Danielle Larkin draw on their experiences grooving for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Vanessa Williams, performing on Broadway, America's Got Talent, and Dance Moms, and choreographing for films as they preside over the staff at Studio L Dance Co. In a 10,000-square foot studio, the movement gurus guide Pavlovas-in-training from their first pirouettes to their mastery of balancing on pointe shoes. Jazz, tap, hip-hop, and lyrical dance headline the class schedule, and the instructors focus their lessons on terminology, technique, and combinations to create well-rounded dancers. They also cater to young men with boys-only classes and run open adult classes that focus on how to pop and lock while filing taxes.
The trainers at Odyssey Athletic Center know that a single approach to physical fitness is as boring as it is limiting. They bear certifications and degrees from a variety of disciplines, earning the recognition of workout guilds ranging from the Aerobic & Fitness Association of America and the World Instructor Training School to the American Council of Exercise. This knowledge of different exercise systems enables them to host 60 classes per week inside their 27,000-square-foot facility. Their scheduled Pilates sessions help students nurture lean muscle without bulk, and Zumba meetings melt away calories with fun dance steps set to a Latin beat. To ensure they stay informed on emerging fitness techniques, staff members attend continuing-education classes and hold weekly question-and-answer sessions with their dumbbells.
Some athletes want to focus on endurance. Others want to unlock their competitive spirit. Still others hope to get their chakra energy flowing. At CycleBar, there's a indoor cycling class for all those goals and more, each with its own light show and music. It's not just any music, either. Class playlists are high-octane, carefully-curated mixes of top 40 hits and indie tracks, starring artists from Iggy Azalea to Phantogram.
Regardless of theme and tunes, all sessions have one key thing in common: high-tech stationary bikes, which the CycleBar team dubs "intelligent." While not quite self-aware enough to be vain about their handlebars' symmetry, the cycles do store each athlete's workout stats, allowing for long-term fitness tracking.
The track and field training staff at SCI has coached and trained more than 30,000 athletes—and that statistic is always growing. At his training facility, Sports Conditioning Institute, he and his team encourage athletes with sports-specific training, focusing on games including hockey and volleyball, and lead fit-seekers in two boot-camp styles. The common thread running through every workout is Vaccaro’s focus on avoiding overstressing bodies and preventing injuries. He emphasizes short and frequent workouts, for example, rather than long routines that can lead to sustaining injury, becoming burnt out, or accidentally running into another country without your passport. To complement coached workouts, the gym hosts an array of free weights and cardio machines for solo sessions.
At Yoga U, finding your ideal yoga class is as simple as following the handy guide. First, decide on the temperature, which climbs to tension-melting heights in classes such as U-Hatha Fusion and U-Strong. Then, decide what kind of music puts you in the most zen frame of mind. Is it an upbeat mix of genres, as in the heated U-Core Flow? Or is it slower and more tranquil, as it is in the U-Yin Yang yoga sessions? Each class also has a different set of experience levels listed. Some, such as U-Core, suit all levels while others, such as U-Flow, are recommended for intermediate and advanced practitioners. From there, the only thing left to do is check out the duration, which ranges from 60 to 75 minutes, depending on the class.