Under the constant threat of invasion, the soldiers of Thailand (then known as Siam) developed a style of combat based on swordplay but practiced with empty hands. The fighting art grew into a spectator sport for royalty, and lives on to this day in the form of muay thai. At Newburgh Muay Thai, instructors preserve the art, culture, and context of Thai fighting, embracing Khanomtom muay thai—the sport’s most traditional form. Instructors travel each year to Thailand to train for a month, sparring with and learning from current and former champions before bringing their knowledge and skills back to students in New York. The gym also offers training in western-style boxing as well as cardio kickboxing.
Having promoted more than 300 students to the rank of black belt, Master Peter Antonelli knows how to recognize and develop a person's martial-arts skills. At Hudson Valley Karate, he and his staff draw from both tradition and progressive teachings to build a karate curriculum that caters to all experience levels. Adult classes cover choke holds and aggressive strikes, and are restricted to a small size so that instructors can devote their attention to individuals. Children's karate classes have a dual focus: form and character. They build social and leadership skills alongside self-defense movements, training kids to be confident in a variety of real-world settings. The studio also offers kickboxing fitness sessions, which tone muscle through rapid-fire punching and kicking drills.
Owner Jacqueline and her staff of estheticians slather organic products onto clients’ faces during facials to help alleviate rosacea, sop up excess oil, or hydrate dry patches. They also scrub away dead skin cells on bodies with raw sugar or extra-fine sandpaper, and bestow eyelashes with extra length using semi-permanent lash extensions.
Tired of gimmicky diets and ineffective workouts, owner and master coach Ray Carile turned to CrossFit. He has whipped himself into shape and kept excess pounds at bay with CrossFit’s no-nonsense approach—perform a varied workout three times a week and burn more calories than you consume. To help others stick to that simple and effective philosophy, he opened CrossFit Rally by Sweat. He and his team of trainers lead clients of all fitness levels in exercises that incorporate functional movements, such as pushing and pulling, and draw upon a wide array of equipment, including battle ropes, kettlebells, and rowing machines. Their focus on functional movements prepares participants for everything from everyday activities—such as climbing stairs and chasing cars—to sports and work tasks. In each session, they vary the daily workout to help motivate patrons to stick to the schedule. Because the method is adaptable, they offer classes for kids as young as 3 to instill healthy lifestyle habits in wee ones right out of the gate.
Evolution Fitness Club readily accepts its identity as a boutique fitness center, meaning it doesn't have everything for everyone, nor does it try to. Instead, the intimate, close-knit club strives to offer clients a refreshing alternative to joining impersonal chain gyms or surreptitiously working out in Jack LaLanne’s living room. On its main level, Evolution greets visitors with cardio equipment, strength machines, and a spacious, well-lit studio where instructors lead groups through classes of yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and more. The facility also boasts a discreet underground area with floor-to-ceiling mirrors where the owners keep more strength machines and free weights.
At Performax Fitness, a team of licensed doctors, physical therapists, strength and conditioning specialists, certified fitness trainers, and certified athletic trainers come together to provide well-rounded expertise on clients' individual fitness goals. The center's curriculum runs the gamut from open-gym sessions to Zumba dance classes, with a slew of equipment including kettlebells and Olympic weights.
Whatever your shape or build, Connie Cramer wants to help you reach a new peak of fitness. The personal trainer focuses her efforts on empowering women of all ages and fitness levels, showing them how to break through their personal barriers in a variety of heart-pumping classes. Inside her colorful Yorktown studio, Connie successfully motivates her students to lift their kettlebells a little higher and jump up from the mat a little faster.