When it comes to balancing strength training with hardcore cardio, it doesn’t get much better than Barry’s Bootcamp. With locations stretching from LA to Dubai, this beloved fitness phenomenon has finally hit Westchester, and those looking to get in shape couldn’t be happier.
This fitness studio uses a multipronged approach to help members reach their goals: three to five hour-long HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts per week, nutrition coaching with the option of meals prepared by an in-house chef, group accountability meetings, and body-comp tracking. Need inspiration to join? Peruse the “before and after” gallery on the website for an accurate testament to the positive results members have realized in relatively short times.
Angela LoBrutto at Angela Claire Fitness
Westchester boasts more than a few knowledgeable trainers, but there are some with a range that allows for constant development and unlimited variations to workouts. Enter Angela LoBrutto, a coach at several local gyms, as well as a sought-after personal trainer with all the know-how to get you into the best shape of your life.
Aerial Yoga Instructor
Nana Shirai at The Deva Studio
If you’re looking to take your practice to the next level, try aerial yoga with Nana Shirai, a lifelong yoga devotee. Her 1.5-hour, appointment-only group classes ($40 per person) combine a fun, nontraditional full-body workout with inner-peace-inducing meditation.
Hernan Prada Hair
At this chic, minimalist, eco-friendly salon, every stylist and colorist is trained by — and must meet the high standards of — Hernan Prada himself. Here, it’s all about superior cuts, styles, and sumptuously sublime color. Try Prada’s ultra-popular Diffused Color. Then, when strangers on the street ask who did your hair, direct them to the best salon in Westchester.
Okay, “cutting edge” may be rather cliché when touting the skills of a surgeon. So we’ll just say that the magnificent facility known as SkinCenter, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Joseph Sozio, MD, includes not only a state-of-the-art surgical center with an ultra-skilled staff and surgical team but also a robust roster of industry-leading cosmetic procedures.
Anti-Aging Express Facial
Luxuriate in a 45-minute restorative facial designed to strengthen, brighten, and soothe. Products are organic (no animal testing) and infused with ingredients that nurture damaged, neglected, and aging skin. The private studio salon, owned by licensed esthetician Maria Tolchin is a hidden gem.
Hot Scissors at NUMI
Cuts with this salon’s revolutionary new “hot scissors” Jaguar ThermoCut System from Germany — the first in Westchester and only the third nationwide — “seal” split ends to lock in moisture for more shine, volume, and healthier hair, while extending the length of time between haircuts.
The first Westchester location of this popular chain was heralded with much fanfare and for good reason. Drybar’s credo is, in a nutshell: Do one thing only, blowouts, and do it better than the competition. And it does — inexpensively. All blowout styles (whose names are based on cocktails) are $45.
Flora Fuentes at Unique Hair Concepts
Hair-restoration expert Flora Fuentes has been at the top of her game for 25 years and has watched an army of products, trends, technologies, and competitors come and go. What makes her the best? Fuentes eschews snake-oil sales talk in favor of customized hair-restoration solutions, from state-of-the-art therapies and non-surgical enhancements to hair prostheses using 3D printing technology.
Non-Invasive Skin Treatment
Najia’s Skin & Laser
Your face never had it so good until the likes of the patented SilkPeel Dermalinfusion treatment. Lie back, and a medical-grade diamond-tipped hand piece (which feels like a tiny, gentle vacuum cleaner) simultaneously exfoliates, cleanses the skin’s surface and pores, and infuses condition-specific (e.g., hydrating, acne-fighting) serums. The $180, approximately 30-minute procedure, results in healthful, smoothed, and plumped skin; enjoy a youthful boost for 72 hours!
Natural Beauty Products
BeWies Holistic Market
Conscientious customers looking to naturalize their skincare regimes can head to BeWies for an assortment of products with clean ingredients and no animal testing. The store carries lines like Gold Faden MD, T.S. Pink Bath Salts, and 100% Pure Badger, and you can find things like face oils, muscle rubs, and other products related to face and body care.
Pure Food and Drink
Whether you are under the weather or just in need of some greens, this sleek juice shop in a calm corner of Tuckahoe offers the solution. With a range of juices perfect for detoxing after one too many margaritas — such as kale with lemon, cucumber, apple, and basil; or carrot with apple and ginger — this shop is the perfect spot to get back on the road to good health.
New Skincare Line
You have to get dirty before you can get clean — at least that’s the philosophy of GetDirty, a new Hawthorne-based line of skincare products that includes a face-and-body scrub and body whip. Locally sourced arabica coffee is a key ingredient, along with unrefined coconut and sweet almond oils, and organic cocoa and shea butter.
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Renee Robinson at Renee Robinson Hair Studio
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Laser Hair Removal
Anne Marie DiGiacomo at Advanced Laser and Medical Spa of Rye
Ashley Lauren Cermele at Ashley Lauren Beauty Lounge
New Spa (Opened in 2016 or later)
Manny Alayon at NorthEast CrossFit
Pat Fischer at Riverstone Yoga
*Yes, We Know It’s a Chain, But…
Westchester’s fitness fanatics have set upon this forward-thinking fitness chain, which prioritizes high-intensity interval training, as well as a keen eye to heart rate and overall progress. A wealth of talented trainers and ever-evolving workouts make this fitness hotspot worth a stop.
Danielle Colombo at Salon La Bottega
Bushy brows no more! Pay artist Danielle Colombo a visit at Salon La Bottega for instant glam, as nothing frames your face better than perfectly shaped eyebrows. Colombo’s focus on individuals’ natural brow shape and facial features has garnered her a cult-like following.
The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester*
It might go without saying, but The Ritz-Carlton has got luxurious living down pat. No surprise this also extends to their spa, which is the best in the county when it comes to pampering men. With an entire menu of treatments and relaxing therapies aimed squarely at the guys, this spa offers equal parts opulence and options.
Tommy Carter of CrossFit Immortal
Tommy Carter, the only CrossFit coach in the entire county with Level 3 certification in the sport, runs a tight ship at this Pleasantville box. By focusing on proper form and a welcoming attitude while never pushing his clients into dangerous movements, Carter truly stands out among the county’s CrossFit trainers.
CrossFit Mount Kisco
After recently moving into new digs in central Mount Kisco, this beloved box is only getting better. Top-notch trainers, plenty of equipment, a welcoming attitude, and adjustable programming all make this the CrossFit gym to try.
Animal Specialty Center
With a 24/7 ER, trauma center, state-of-the-art diagnostic, surgical, and therapeutic facilities and equipment (including the world’s only veterinary cyber knife), and an ICU staffed with critical-care specialists, this 16,000 sq ft animal hospital can handle any medical issue thrown its way. Its staff comprises board-certified specialists in nearly every discipline, including internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and rehabilitation — even acupuncture. The staff’s extraordinary expertise is matched only by its dedication, compassion, and incredible bedside manner.
Marti Martial Arts Academy
This friendly karate dojo feels like a second home to the many families whose children have stayed with the program for years, maturing into responsible young adults while moving through the ranks and belts. Owner and sensei José Marti emphasizes life lessons, as well as impeccable technique. Martial arts and hardcore fitness classes for adults are also offered.