Okay, so you’ve gotten through this guide and you’re still not sold on the traditional makings of a fitness flow. But what if we told you that working out wasn’t all ellipticals and dumbbells? Any way you can activate your muscles and initiate movement constitutes a worthy workout.
Taylor Starke of White Plains’ Pole Position Studio says that while there are some physical benefits, they take a bit of a backseat when it comes to pole dancing. “We’re not a gym on purpose,” she says. “We want people to feel strong, resilient, and independent — the getting-in-shape is a beautiful side effect.” Open to all, the studio offers a beginner boot camp for those interested in starting a physically and mentally enriching adventure. “You’ll suddenly have upper body strength, and you’ll get abs out of nowhere, but your biggest takeaway is learning to be in touch with yourself.” Just like traditional fitness, the goal at Pole Position is continual growth. “What you’ll hear around the studio is that we want to be 1 percent better than the day before,” says Starke. “Whether it’s landing a trick, being stronger, or feeling confident in a move, the goal is to leave better than you came, and better than the day before that.
Bridget Donohue of the Westchester Skating Academy in Ardsley has a similar sentiment. “Our adult skate is a great way to meet people with similar interests or to just zone out and have your own peace of time.” Skating is notorious for lower body strength, and if you crave the mindlessness of running but, well, hate running, ice skating can provide a similar workout with varying mechanics. “It allows people to be social and workout at the same time, to develop a community within their chosen sport,” says Donohue.
For a workout that gives an even more substantial dose of adrenaline, aerial silks challenge every muscle in your body and also offer the illusion of weightlessness. Piper Týrsdotter of Equalize Fitness in Yonkers feels that the benefits are immeasurable. “Not only are you increasing your strength, flexibility, and cognitive skills, but there are elements that integrate problem-solving, overcoming fears, and going outside of your comfort zone,” she explains. On top of all those intangibles, your core will be pure molten lava by the time your session is over, with some closing remarks from your hip flexors and latissimus muscles. If you have some inhibitions about suspending yourself from the ceiling, Tyrsdotter has worked with everyone of all ages and physical capabilities. “As long as you have an open mind and no major injuries, I can guide you.”