Who hasn’t wondered what it would be like to grab hold of a trapeze and swing across a three-ring circus? While you might not join Cirque du Soleil after a single session, Westchester Circus Arts (below) gives participants a good sense of the physical demands of this exhilarating line of work. During these fun group classes at the Shames JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown, parties and small groups can experience inverting on a 30-foot silk rope, negotiating a trapeze, and even juggling and balance work. You just might find joining the circus amounts to some pretty exhaustive exercise.
If you’ve ever watched the hit NBC show American Ninja Warrior and think, I can do that, now you can at The Westchester Gym in Elmsford. Noel Reyes, a five-time American Ninja Warrior competitor, was tasked with creating and leading classes in Westchester’s first Ninja Warrior Room open to the public. The gym offers separate courses for kids and adults, where ninjas-in-training can try their hands at the warped wall, salmon ladder, ring toss, and other feats of upper-body strength.
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Additionally, The Rock Club (above) in New Rochelle also offers plenty of ways to show off your pull-up power. There, you can boulder, traverse, or belay across the gym’s wonderland of climbing surfaces. Located in the expansive Pine Brook Fitness, the club offers everything from group classes for kids, instruction for first-timers, and ultra-advanced climbing courses for pros.
Finally, while pole dancing still gets a bad rap among those not in-the-know, the formerly racy activity has become both a popular competitive sport and widely accepted workout methodology over the last few years. Enter Pole Position Dance Studio (above), where those searching for a more singular fitness regimen can enjoy full-body workouts via a metal dance pole. Classes offered at the White Plains studio range from Beginner Pole and Basic Inversion all the way to Exotic Pole and Advanced Pole Tricks.