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.
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.
In addition to being a marathon runner, ACE-certified trainer, and RRCA-certified running coach, Jasmine Graham is a motivational speaker. So when she founded Pace for Success, she didn’t just want to focus on external change—she wanted to create a place where people could gain inner strength, self-discipline, and self-control through leading healthier lifestyles and reaching fitness goals. She challenges students to swing kettlebells, jump rope, and toss medicine balls so they can grow stronger and more flexible during indoor boot camps. Along with a team of instructors, she leads group fitness classes including TRX suspension training, cardio kickboxing, and Xtreme Abs classes. Instructors also help runners of all ability levels train for 5Ks and marathons through their individual-training sessions and running program, which includes a training schedule and pace-and-gait analysis, as well as elements of nutrition support and injury prevention.
Pace for Success’s registered dietician, Dina Lipkind, helps members bolster the results of their workouts with nutritional-counseling sessions, which she offers at her office, the client’s office or home, and through email or carrier pigeon.
For decades, bankers crunched numbers and counted money at 207 Fifth Avenue. Today, the building is full of exercisers doing crunches and counting reps, but the family behind Body Reserve has chosen to maintain the building’s incongruous prewar charm throughout its quarter century as a fitness emporium. Lights glow from below onto a latticework balcony railing, and stately square pillars support an enormous wood-framed clock built right into the wall.
In addition to weight benches and—on a mezzanine up close to the Greek Revival–style crown moulding—rows of spinning machines, the gym hosts classes and personal-training sessions taught by energetic instructors and the gym’s canine mascot, Nike. Boot camp pairs participants with fitness coach Terrell Stanback for a high-energy session that blends military workout routines with cardio and strength training to burn up to 500 calories per session. Spinning burns calories quickly aboard easy-to-master bikes, whereas Hatha yoga takes a slower pace, combining breathing and slow, purposeful movements to release stress and tone limbs.