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Well, it’s that time of year again. The moment when many of us start making resolutions to be healthy, lose weight, and tone up. Over the past month, I’ve set out to explore the plethora of sport shops and fitness options in River Towns. I checked out the facilities, discovered different approaches and chatted with inspiring trainers. I’ve discovered so many fun fitness options that there is sure to be something to motivate just about everyone to hit those elusive New Years Resolutions in 2022.

Some key points to remember from the experts:

  • Fitness is a way of life and not a quick fix, you have to be ready to work.
  • There are a lot of options, so pick something that you find fun and that you can see benefit from in the long run. Remember… the lifestyle.
  • Most gyms have a free trial class or two, so check out a few and find one with trainers who will motivate and hold you accountable, as well as a community that you can imagine yourself being a part of. .
  • Convenience is important, find a local gym with a working class schedule. Make a plan, put your workout time on the calendar, and prioritize showing up.  


Be the first in boxing

200 N. Water St., Peekskill

Overview: Focus on boxing and fight fitness in a high energy and supportive environment. Offering both small group and 1: 1 coaching with individualized assessment and goal setting tailored to meet the needs of each ‘fighter’ who walks through the door.

Who is it for: Anyone who wishes to change and commit to their physical and mental health through conditioning, self-defense or competition in the ring.

Stick to it: This mom-and-pop style atmosphere will help you set achievable goals and overcome any physical and mental barriers that might keep you from achieving those goals.

To dance

Fred astaire

358 North Broadway, Suite 102, Sleepy Hollow

Overview: Offer private ballroom dancing lessons for individuals or couples and weekly practice nights where dancers come together and enjoy using the skills they have learned.

Who is it for: Individuals and couples of all ages, shapes and abilities who enjoy dancing or think they do.

Stick to it: Dancing is fun and satisfying for the body and mind, improves overall fitness, teaches coordination and reduces stress, which keeps dancers coming back.

The dance conservatory

2050 East Main St., Cortlandt Manor

Overview: Offers a wide selection of adult dance lessons ranging from ballet, jazz and tap dance to tango, zumba and hip-hop with a flexible schedule that fits a busy lifestyle.

Who is it for: Each class is leveled up or down to accommodate first-time dancers, from recently retired professional dancers to those revisiting their favorite childhood hobby.

Stick to it: Large family of mature students who create a comfortable, safe and supportive dance community and understand that dance and wellness are long games in life and goals will not be achieved in just one or a few sessions.

Small group training 

Merged adjustment

32 North Division Street, Peekskill

Overview: Small group classes focusing on personal functional fitness and bodybuilding. Individuals of all abilities receive personalized training in a small support group.

Who is it for: People with specific fitness or health goals or those who have never exercised and don’t know where to start.

Stick to it: A solution-based approach that empowers the individual to take control of their health, fitness and happiness in partnership with a trainer who is there every step of the way.

Hostel in shape

The hostel in good shape

104 Central Ave, Tarrytown

Overview: 1: 1 and small group classes as well as pre and postnatal fitness classes that focus on strength training and cardio with an emphasis on fitness and strength rather than mass gain. Also have a nutritionist who teaches clients how to make realistic and lasting changes.

Who is it for: Individuals of all skill levels and abilities who want their bodies to feel good and strong for a lifetime.

Stick to it: Work closely with trainers who help break down long term goals into achievable steps so you see results and feel successful. Focus on moderation rather than deprivation which leads to sustainability.

Training for the worried

1872 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor

Overview: Lots of fun and energizing small group classes offered daily with a focus on resistance, strength training and cardio. Personalized programs according to the level of fitness, interests and personal goals of each client.

Who is so for: Ideal for people of all ages who are engaged in a lifestyle change and want to be part of a like-minded community.

Stick to it: Trainers focus on knowing each individual and checking frequently. The community also helps to motivate, support and take responsibility.

Vitality fitness

7 West Road, Ossining

Overview: Small-group functional fitness, bootcamp, spin class, private workout and nutritional coaching in a gym that emphasizes responsibility, personalization and a supportive environment that celebrates individual progress.

Who is it for: The Personalized Fitness Program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect app for anyone engaged, regardless of experience, goals, or injury history.

Stick to it: Establish a healthy lifestyle in which the individual feels strong and accomplished and eats in such a way that they feel energized and satisfied, making the approach sustainable and enjoyable.

Martial Arts

Go No Sen

28 avenue Welcher, Peekskill

Overview: Martial arts, tai chi and kickboxing fitness classes intended to be fun, energizing and creative and to promote skill, confidence and overall improvement in physical and mental health.

Who is it for: People who are committed to adding movement to their lives in a warm, welcoming and non-judgmental community.

Stick to it: The desire to stick with the program comes from physically and mentally motivating classes and setting achievable goals that build lasting fitness and lifestyle habits.

Legends Martial arts and fitness

430 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor

Overview: Mixed discipline martial arts school with a strong emphasis on Jiu Jitsu and kickboxing as well as wrestling, grappling, MMA, sparring and strength training and conditioning.

Who is it for: People passionate about martial arts who want to learn how to defend themselves, gain self-confidence and become stronger physically and mentally on and off the mat.

Stick to it: Individuals first come forward for themselves, but over time they become part of the team and begin to come forward to support each other and create a larger and stronger community than any individual .

Personal training

To push:
50 South Buckout Street, Suite 304, Irvington

Overview: 1: 1 personal training in a supportive and intimidating space where clients receive counseling and personalized programming to meet them exactly where they are and slowly build strength and achieve their goals in order to stay fit throughout. throughout their life.

Who is it for: Individuals of all levels who wish to move to the next level of physical condition or high-level athletes who wish to be more efficient.

Stick to it: This personalized approach fosters accountability to yourself and the trainer who is there and dedicated to supporting you in and out of the gym.


Pilates on Hudson
8 John Walsh Boulevard, Suite 428, Peekskill

Overview: 1: 1 and partner training focused on building core strength and stability as a way to build long, lean muscles, not bulk.

Who is it for: Anyone who enjoys exercise and wants to make sure that they can continue doing what they enjoy their entire life, either through overcoming an injury or maintaining optimal fitness and mobility.

Stick to it: Hundreds of exercises and a mind / body connection mean that you rarely exhaust yourself or get bored with the movements and make sure you workouts are always fun and challenging.


Prana moon

1000 Division Street North, Peekskill

Overview: Offers a wide variety of classes from beginner to acro-yoga both via Zoom and in person. All classes focus on increasing strength, balance and flexibility and improving clarity and calm of the mind.

Who is it for: Range of courses in which the instructor will make individual modifications in order to achieve the fitness goals and level of each client.

Stick to it: Positive effects at all levels of being, individuals begin to get in shape and then realize that sleep improves and their minds become clearer.