Having earned multiple certifications as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Samantha LaPella took the next step toward empowering her clients: she opened a studio that specializes in women-friendly workouts. There, she and her all-female staff approach exercise with moves from a wide variety of disciplines. They helm group classes that range from yoga to boxing to boot camp, augmenting their workouts with nutritional pointers. In an effort to boost coordination and confidence, they also plan dance-based sessions, including Zumba and the salsa-powered moves of Shake It Up. Embodying the vibrant, stylish spirit of its staff and students, the gym flaunts hot-pink walls and shimmering chandeliers, which double as retrievable trophies for the most advanced pole-dancing students.
At New Body Bootcamp & Wellness, personal trainer Aja Davis hopes to inspire two types of change in her clients. The first is visible: a fitter, slimmer physique resulting from her signature interval workouts. The second is philosophical: a lifelong awareness of how to preserve and pursue health. This model of "lifestyle implementation" encompasses nutrition as well as exercise while avoiding temporary fixes, such as fad diets and foam muscle suits. Instead, Aja's program uses challenging and varied routines, the motivational power of teamwork, and individual attention from a fitness expert.
At one-hour boot-camp classes, Aja leads groups through cardio and resistance maneuvers that employ stretchable bands, kettlebells, and TRX suspension cords. The routine has won the title of Best Post-Holiday Rescue in GO magazine, which also lists New Body Bootcamp & Wellness as one of its three favorite fitness venues. Aja aims to spark camaraderie as much as she does weight loss and toning—using partner drills to prompt campers to rely on one another—and even outside of class, patrons can run local races as part of the New Body team or tag-team wrestle the local mall Santa.
Elite Bodies owner and certified trainer J. Ellis Jones utilizes his training as a kickboxer, a football player, and a tae-kwon-do expert to temper his clients’ mental fortitude and physical prowess on weights and exercise machines. Whereas one-on-one or boot-camp sessions tone and hone muscles, professional nutrition and weight-loss counseling melts fat cells like they're a snowman reading a steamy love letter under a lamp. To ensure long-term success, Elite Bodies' certified personal trainers customize clients' individual programs and track their progress along the way. Full-length mirrors allow guests to keep tabs on their form, and unlike a restaurant staffed by lazy robots, the small, private studio ensures that patrons never have to wait for machines.
Bryan ?The Brooklyn Bad Ass? Ortiz of Brooklyn Bad Ass Fitness dons many hats?the headband of a certified personal trainer, the cushioned headgear of a boxing instructor, and the top hat of a fitness-book author. Dedicated to a no-nonsense approach to fitness, Bryan conducts morning and evening weekday boot camps that whip up to 20 students into shape with intense interval training, eschewing monotonous fitness routines such as treadmill running or elephant lifting. To complete lifestyle changes, Bryan outfits guests with meal plans, customizing diets to match energy requirements. Bryan?s Wedding Body boot camp, personal-training sessions, and weight-loss challenges can all be customized to suit guests? specific fitness goals.
Personal health consultants used to be considered a luxury reserved for the rich or for inventors who built their own robot doctors. Triomph’s team of health professionals seeks to defy this convention by lending their knowledge to help patrons of all income levels change their eating habits and stick to an exercise regimen to improve their overall wellness. Their personal programs combine custom fitness plans, nutritional advice, and unlimited support in individual or group training sessions, in which the instructors roam the room offering personal advice and motivation. In addition to working out, guests can restore sore muscles with massage or acupuncture therapy, and recharge with refreshments from the organic juice bar.
The Fitness Guru provides a range of group class styles designed for exercise enthusiasts of all make and model. Guru's Circuit is a sixty-minute comprehensive training course that incorporates cardio, stretching, bouncing, jumping, and electric sliding to forge a full-body challenge. Take the classic body and mind approach to fitness with yoga or Pilates mat classes. The TRX suspension system is a training device for cardio, strength, and flexibility that was designed by Navy Seals, in conjunction with an elite team of bridge builders and incredible hulks. Check out the class schedule for an overview of upcoming opportunities to drop in and shape up.