Pants a little snug? Yeah, ours too. The warmer weather is a harsh reminder that bathing suit season is nearing. Get in shape for spring with these activities around town. By Jessica Allen.
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“If you can climb a ladder, you can climb a rock wall,” says Lance Pinn, partner and CMO of Brooklyn Boulders. New York’s only fully dedicated rock climbing gym offers three types of climbing in a 22,000-square-foot facility: lead climbing, bouldering, and top roping. Of the three, bouldering requires the least amount of training, or praying. You climb up short walls, sans ropes, with about a foot of padding to cushion any falls. Other fitness classes are available too.
Yoga Soundscape puts the synthesizer in your sun salutation, the Tuvan throat-singing in your tree pose, the dulcimer beat in your downward-facing dog, the groove in your flow. Each week, a musician, DJ, or laptop maestro accompanies an all-level Vinyasa class taught by Aarona Pichinson. Her Twitter handle—SpicyYogini—gives you a sense of what you might be in for. We’d call it “yoga with a twist,” but, well, that’s what yoga is.
Hop off the stair climber and into the stairwell! Next week is the 36th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up, sponsored by the New York Road Runners Club to benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). But you don’t need to truck up the 1,576 steps (about a quarter-mile) to the Empire State Building’s 86th floor to get the benefits of stair climbing. Any long staircase will likely do, including the practically never-ending one at the Lexington Avenue / 53rd Street subway stop.
Elizabeth Streb will teach you to fly. Emphasizing one’s “personal best,” the PopAction classes teach dancers how to navigate vertical and horizontal space, work their muscles, enhance their spatial awareness, and hone their sense of timing. Classes are open to all ages, skill levels, and body types. Other offerings include trampoline, tightrope, trapeze, and “Flip and Tuck” for tumblers. They are held at Williamsburg’s STREB Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM), part community center, part fitness emporium.
If you think roller skating died with disco, you haven’t been to Central Park when the “weather is dry and the temperature is above 40.” That’s when the Central Park Dance Skaters get together and roll, generally starting in early April. Can’t wait? Crazy Legs Skate Club happens every Wednesday from 8 pm to midnight, on a huge hardwood floor in the Salvation Army Building in Bed-Stuy. Lessons begin at 6.45 pm, held by the club’s founder, who’s in his seventies and has trained more than 15,000 people over the years.