Pablo Toribio began racing BMX bikes at age 12, and went on to win national championships in the Dominican Republic before joining the American Motocross Association. He has racked up awards in both countries, placed in the top three of the Campmor H2H 2009 mountain bike race series, and even won the championship title for his division during his first year of mountain bike racing. As much as he thrives on competing, Toribio is equally passionate about training others. “A great fitness trainer not only helps an individual reach a specific goal, but also helps the person integrate fitness as a way of life,” Pablo shares on his website.
At Pablo Fitness, Toribio and his staff adopt this approach through their lineup of fitness classes. During their energizing sessions, the staff encourages students to jumpstart their health, whether they’re gaining an appreciation for cycling through spinning classes, finding balance through yoga classes, or getting toned in body sculpting classes, a more effective means to buffing up than drawing muscles on your arms.
Owned and operated by women, SpaLady provides New Jersey dames with a nurturing, non-competitive environment to shed pounds and sculpt curves. Social butterflies can choose from more than one-hundred group fitness classes that are offered weekly and include spin, kick boxing, belly dance, Pilates, and yoga. Free weights, cardio, and strength-training equipment offer lone she-wolves the opportunity to tone hind legs. After workouts, head to the sauna for some toxin-releasing relaxation, while kiddies enjoy the free childcare that comes standard with all memberships.
Luba Lipo always had trouble maintaining a healthy weight, but her biggest hurdle came when she gained more than 70 pounds after the birth of her first child. Looking for a diverse workout plan, she hopped from studio to studio to try out new classes. She then realized that there was a niche to be filled: fitness seekers needed a place that offered a slew of different classes under a single roof. With that realization, Challenge Fitness Training was born. Luba's studio fits the bill with its lengthy list of class styles, including spinning, yoga, Body Sculpt, pole dancing, and Zumboxing, which combines dance-inspired Zumba aerobics with kickboxing moves. For clients seeking a more personal experience, Luba also offers semiprivate group training.
East Coast Fitness’s 20,000 square feet house separate rooms for martial arts, spinning, group workouts, massages, and general exercise. On the main floor, strength-training machines, cardio machines, and free weights occupy separate areas, with additional room sectioned off for stability ball exercise and a herd of eight punching bags. Certified trainers and instructors also lead more than 15 classes that range from spinning and Pilates to yoga, kickboxing, agility training, and Zumba. In the lobby, a juice bar refreshes hungry athletes and a separate room offers free childcare.
Within Champions Fitness Center's Brooklyn headquarters, students learn that the quickest path to fitness often lies along the path of a well-thrown punch. There, trainers with 35 years of combined experience teach kids (age 4 and up) and adults alike the tactics of a trio of martial arts, leading classes in boxing's uppercuts, kickboxing's roundhouses, and MMA's grappling strikes. It's not all punches and kicks, though. Licensed & Accredited by American Council of Exercise and the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the center hosts boot-camp-style cardiovascular fitness classes and one-on-one personal training sessions that torch calories while simultaneously boosting strength, agility, and self-confidence. The center also offers yoga, strength and conditioning classes, and TRX suspension training.
Though the Fitness Factory’s classes, weight-loss center, and personal trainers embody the efficiency that the gym’s name suggests, its commitment to personalizing the gym-going experience diverges from the idea of a factory. Each of the three upscale locations—outfitted with unique amenities—is designed specifically for different types of exercisers. In Palisades Park, the building’s three floors embody various disciplines: the first floor teaches endurance, the second floor's concentration is sports performance, and the third floor focuses on strength training. The Rockaway spot blends exercise and entertainment with a cinema room that projects the latest blockbusters on a true silver screen as members hit the treadmills. Edgewater builds communities and core strength with Pilates reformer classes, hot-yoga studios, and rooftop yoga sessions where guests can salute the sun and shame lazy clouds. No matter the location, each gym pampers members with saunas, babysitting services in a toy-filled playroom, and a smoothie bar stocked with healthy postworkout snacks designed to help build muscle.
Strength and stability start at the core. That's why every exercise class at Core Assets Fitness focuses on fine-tuning the ab muscles until they're virtually indestructible. For a taste of core training, hop atop a Bosu ball. Whether the piece of equipment is placed round- or flat-side-up, balancing on it chisels the core.