Most gyms have designated spaces for weight- and cardio-based workouts. East Islip Health & Fitness does those gyms one better, with yet another area committed entirely to abs. Such specialization is the norm at the gym, where equipment from Cybex, Life Fitness, and Magnum accommodates nearly any fitness goal. Group classes range from Zumba to strength-focused sessions of Pump It Up, and certified trainers are also on hand, helping clients plan workouts after a five-step evaluation process. Group-based Synrgy 360 classes meld cardiovascular, strength, power, and agility in high-intensity workouts led by nationally-certified trainers.
Under the tutelage of Shihan Allie Alberigo, students of all ages learn the arts of ninjutsu and classical jujitsu, revamped for contemporary warriors. With four decades of martial-arts training under his belt, Allie Alberigo teaches his students about hand-to-hand combat and the use of weapons; he has also expanded classes to include disciplines such as judo, yoga, and kickboxing. The Little Warrior program builds punching ability in children as young as 3, and the Third Eye Insight program includes martial arts, yoga, and meditation classes for students who are blind or visually impaired. During these classes, sighted students can also spar and learn while wearing blindfolds. The facility includes two training floors and an archery range, which gives students ample room to flex without destroying nearby equipment.
Though Shaolin Self Defense Center teaches students how to punch, kick, and defend against opponents, the lesson its instructors find most important is to maintain self-esteem, discipline, and respect. Drawing upon a rich tradition that spans more than 1,500 years, instructors introduce students to Shaolin kung fu's signature blend of targeted strikes and debilitating grapples. However, classes are about more than just physical form. Instructors also encourage emotional and mental balance, leaving students with a quiet confidence that lasts long after lessons conclude.
Victory Martial Arts' MMA style blends six self-defense methods into one potent cocktail. Its constituent elements range from kenpo, which focuses on high-speed striking, to muay thai kickboxing, often dubbed "the art of eight limbs" because of its scrappy use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, and feet. There are swirls of Western boxing and wrestling-style floor grappling, too. To complement MMA sessions, the studio hosts single-style classes on kenpo and Brazilian jujitsu?and a sequence designed especially for kids and teens.
The slogan “Non-Stop Body Rocking” is emblazoned high above the heads of the hard-working boot-campers at Silly Rock Boot Camp as they sweat their way through high-intensity sessions. Priscilla Compono is the company’s passionate and experienced personal trainer, and she leads students of all fitness levels through challenging sets of push-ups, burpees, and suspension workouts during her one-hour boot-camp classes. She can customize her workouts to accommodate the skill level and fitness goals of the students in her classes. To do this, Priscilla draws on an artillery of weightlifting routines and exercises that rely on short bursts of intense cardio, including running obstacle courses or running from the company’s patented motivation-inspiring tigers.
Long Island boxing gym BCBA has been serving its surrounding area for more than a decade, but its roots lie even further in the past?on a Christmas Day long ago, when current head boxing coach Ray was a 10-year-old boy. That was the day he was given his first pair of Joe Frazier signature boxing gloves. He began training and, in the process, discovered the parallel between success in boxing and success in the real world. Both require perseverance, mental toughness, and never heckling Mike Tyson?similarities Ray today shares with his students at his volunteer-staffed boxing gym. Many of them hail from the gym's Youth Empowerment program, designed for youngsters ages 10?17; others are adults, sweating through the gym's Get Fit Not Hit program.