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The Hottest Fitness Classes You Need To Know

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New York is a great city to find out the latest fitness trends! So, take a look at some of the hottest fitness classes you need to know while you’re in New York and, of course, if you live here! Lets get sweating!

Don’t think that New York is a place destined only to explore restaurants, museums, bars, nightlife, etc…

New Yorkers are extremely focused on health and staying fit, even during the super cold winter months. You can always see them carrying their gym clothes to work, so they had hit the gym when their day is over.

Yet, many of the early birds and prefer to start the day by sweating it out and getting energized for the rest of the day.

It’s a great city to find out the latest fitness trends! So, take a look at some of the hottest fitness classes you need to know while you’re in New York and, of course, if you live here!


Asphalt Green

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With two campus locations in Manhattan, Asphat Green is a paradise for the one that love “the burn”.

They have every activity you can possibility imagine – from aquatics to different sports and fitness classes.

If your into swimming and the pool feels like home, you can try their countless options. You can try their swim classes, private lessons, competitive swim, water polo, water exercises and more!

For the sports-addicts, you’ll find first-class instructional classes, recreational leagues and select competitive teams for all ages and skill levels. Sports are of all types: soccer, baseball, martial arts, flag football, tennis, triathlon and others.

Finally, if you’re more into fitness and love hitting the gym, you can sign up for classes like fitness training, spinning, yoga, group exercises, pilates, stretching, martial arts and the famous AG6.

The AG6™, was the one we shot in the video above! Yes, it was embarrassing, since I look totally goofy with no coordination. But, it’s “a high-intensity, circuit-based program and fitness experience like no other. AG6™ focuses on movement with purpose to uncover your athletic sixth sense and strengthen all major muscle groups, burning up to 1,000 calories in 45 minutes.”

I’m sure you’ll do better than me!

Locations:
555 East 90th Street – Upper East Side
212 North End Avenue – Battery Park City

www.asphaltgreen.org


Brooklyn Boulders

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I’ve always loved rock climbing, but besides looking very easy, it’s really not. I’m not too good with heights either, but Brooklyn Boulders equipment makes you feel completely safe and tied up!

It’s surely not only a physical activity. I believe it’s even more a mental challenge, than physical.

They offer different classes that are 60-min long for all different levels, besides being able to have your own personal trainer and still, a fitness center too.

I loved the 4-week course, with 8 sessions, called Climb Like A Girl! It is “taught by women, for women. Train as a team as you improve your technique, gain climbing power and improve endurance. Each 2-hour session is progressive, carefully designed to holistically develop your abilities.”

Plus, if you have kids, they do have great options for them to have fun!

Let’s start rocking!

Locations:
23-10 41st Avenue, Long Island City
575 Degraw Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn

https://brooklynboulders.com


Inscape

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We all have read and heard about the countless benefits of meditation and how it can significantly improve our bodies and mind.

This beautiful community space offers not only meditation and relaxation classes, but also mind opening events and a great store! You can browse and find some of the best modern wellness products.

As they explain:

Sessions are audio guided to create consistency in your meditation practice and transition your practice seamlessly between studio and app. A consistent voice enables you to turn your attention inward and focus on your personal meditation experience.

Consistency is the key to developing a regular habit. Trained meditation facilitators are available to help you get started, answer questions, and talk through any emotions that come up during your session.

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11am – 8pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 7pm 

Location: 45 West 21st Street 

https://www.inscape.life


There are countless other fitness activities and classes available throughout New York and new modalities showing up all the time.

So, be sure to follow our Fitness & Health page to stay tunes in the hottest fitness classes you need to know!

Are you ready to start the burn?


Videographer: Renata Meirelles
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Morbid Anatomy Museum: Waking up the Dead…and the Living

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Located in the neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn, the Morbid Anatomy Museum is a place you will definitely have a great and unusual time!

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**THIS MUSEUM IS UNFORTUNATELY PERMANENTLY CLOSED!**

BUT the group behind it still curates a great list of some of the coolest and weirdest events and exhibitions in town!

So, you can expect everything from events in private studios to explorations inside New York cemeteries.

www.morbidanatomy.org


A bit about the former museum:

Joanna Ebenstein, the museum’s creative director, told NYTimes: “I want people to walk in and say: ‘Wow, this is really interesting. Why don’t we know about that? And what does it say about us today that we don’t know about it?’

Joanna’s amazing collection of books – over 2,000 titles – has topics ranging from the human body, to esoteric ones and even death rituals and medicine.

The building is dedicated to hosting a library, a gallery, a café, gift shop and a classroom that offers several unique workshops.

“Founded in 2008, The Morbid Anatomy Library is a research library and collection making available thousands of books, photographs, artworks and pieces of ephemera.

Plus, you’ll find artifacts relating to medical museums, anatomical art, collectors and collecting, cabinets of curiosity, the history of medicine, death and society, natural history, arcane media, and curiosity and curiosities broadly considered.”

Furthermore, The Morbid Anatomy Café, is a full-service coffee bar. You’ll find delicious espresso drinks, single-origin pour over coffees, artisanal sodas, and pastries—all roasted, mixed, and baked in Brooklyn.

And still, their Morbid Anatomy Store, offer several super unusual things you can take home or gift a friend.

Their current exhibition is called “House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1969-1922”. It will be live up through May 30th, 2016.

Finally, if you want to explore the area, walk a few blocks up to Wild Park Slope. From there, you can go for some of the best cupcakes ever, at the Little Cupcake Shop.


Photo Credits: Courtesy of the Morbid Anatomy Museum
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Brooklyn Boulders: Mixing Adventure With Technology

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Have you heard of Brooklyn Boulders? If you haven’t, it’s time to learn more about them! If you are hungry and restless to try some adventure with technology, this is a great place to go!

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Brooklyn Boulders is one of the greatest workouts to have a bit of downtime from the city. They offer a great 22,000 sqft space for rock climbing since 2009.

Located in the neighborhood of Gowanus, in Brooklyn, every year their team bring novelties to the experience they create.

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” ~ Edmund Hillary

This time, they’ve added Augmented Reality to their menu of classes!

How it works? There are projections on the walls that create a video game experience for the climbers. The objective is to touch each projection – or target – as fast as possible. At every touch,  a sound is ignited to confirm the target was reached. Pretty cool, right? Fantastic mix of adventure with technology.

Being fit definitely became more entertaining at Brooklyn Boulders!

Oh! They also offer yoga, acroyoga, capoeira classes, and a variety of fitness workshops. Plus, these guys love to party making everything fun.

If you are a bit lazy and need and extra push to exercise, they have fantastic personal trainers that can help you out and keep you disciplined.

Also, their free wifi will let you document your experience to share with your friends!

You might want to see a short YouTube video where our Founder, Fê Paronetto, does some bouldering!

Lastly, after a fantastic class at Brooklyn Boulders, you might want to walk a few blocks to a neighborhood we love called Fort Greene. For lunch or dinner, go to Colonia Verde, one of our favorite spots!

If you want our expert’s help to organize a private party or gathering, let us know. This is also the perfect spot for a company outing or a team building day. Our team is also able to assist you in organizing it all.

Contact us for further information!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – Midnight
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 10pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Location: 575 Degraw Street, Brooklyn

https://brooklynboulders.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Brooklyn Boulders
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Capoeira Vida: A traditional Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts

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We are very fond of Capoeira for several reasons! A while ago, we went to an event called Batizado (or baptism), and met a group called Capoeira Vida, formerly Capoeira Brooklyn. The modality is a traditional Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts.

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If you enjoy fitness group activity, you should definitely learn more about Capoeira Brooklyn.

Capoeira is:

“…a child conceived in Africa and born and raised in Brazil. Originally outlawed in Brazil, the art of Capoeira was created and practiced by Africans forcibly brought to Brazil during the slave trade as a form of combating their oppression. Dance-like movements, instruments and singing disguised the martial nature of the art from the Portuguese slave masters.

Capoeira continued to be illegal in Brazil until the 1930’s when it was taken off the streets and brought into the classroom. Today Capoeira is a both legal and very popular in Brazil and throughout the world. On July 15th, 2008, Capoeira was officially recognized as a culturally preserved art by the Brazilian government’s Department of Culture. It is a rich and multi-dimensional art that teaches culture, language, music and encompasses a complete body workout.”

In short, this unique and traditional Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts mixes self-defense, acrobatics, with a specific music rhythm.

Capoeira Brooklyn was founded my Mestre Foca and his wife, Instrutora Rouxinol. Both have been practicing the technique for over 20 years. Mestre Foca decided to open the only full-time capoeira academy, in Brooklyn, years ago. Today, it a highly recognized school within the capoeira community in New York and abroad.

He is certified as a professional martial arts instructor through IDEA Health & Fitness Association, while Instrutora Rouxinol is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Besides the classes for adults of all levels, they also have fantastic classes for kids.

They are both specializes in teaching children, so it’s definitely a good activity for kids to try out too.

In 2012, Mestre Foca and Instrutora Rouxinol launched a music compilation called “Vem Brin Capoeira”.  They wrote and  You can buy on iTunes, if you’re interested.

So, we’re sure you’ll just love this Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts modality. Plus, there’s nothing better than to get fit with mental balance and great capoeira music!

Still in the Brazilian spirit, you might want to try a great restaurants, a bar and a bakery. Beco Bar, in Williamsburg, Berimbau do Brasil, in Greenwich Village, and Padoca Bakery on the Upper East Side.

Classes: Check their website for details.

Locations:
Way of Action: 316 7th Street, 2nd Floor, in Park Slope, Brooklyn
PowerPlay: 432 3rd Avenue, in Gowanus, Brooklyn
LeFrak Center at Lakeside: 171 East Drive, in Prospect Park

www.capoeiravida.com


Credits: Courtesy of Capoeira Vida, formerly Capoeira Brooklyn
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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