There are six essential ingredients that compose each of Complete Body's fitness programs: strength, cardio, flexibility, meditation, nutrition, and rest. Founder Alex Reznik is the mind behind this philosophy. In 1995, he founded the company believing that, if given the opportunity, most people would seek to better their health. Soon thereafter, he was proven right by both rising membership numbers and favorable media attention, including articles in Time Out New York and the New York Times.
Complete Body has now expanded to three locations. At each club, experts adhere to Mr. Reznik's principles, blending Eastern and Western techniques during classes such as yoga, boot camps, and kickboxing. Complete Body also hosts cross-training classes, which are designed to burn fat, build strength, and improve flexibility by focusing on six elements: strength, cardio, flexibility, meditation, nutrition, and rest. Among the state-of-the-art equipment and fitness technologies that help members reach their fitness goals, independent trainers utilize the facility with their clients. At onsite spas, massage therapists work tense muscles and aestheticians refresh skin with facials. Physical therapists can help to rehabilitate clients following injuries, calling upon various training methods in their arsenal.
With its military-style obstacles and exercises, Warrior Fitness Boot Camp is not for the faint of heart. As Vanity Fair writer Tarik Fayad said, "My legs burned ... my arms hung like lead at my sides. ... I was drenched in sweat." But instead of feeling exhausted and discourage, Fayad was "the happiest I had been in years"?and immediately signed up for three months of unlimited classes.
The boot camp, which was founded by two former marines, won't mollycoddle participants, but because it doesn't, it gets results and has garnered extensive amounts of press, including appearances on The Dr. Oz Show and CBS's The Early Show.
During its one-hour indoor classes, campers do everything from hoist free weights to run through an obstacle course complete with jungle-gym bars, balance beams, real dirt, and a pool full of sharks carrying switchblades. Kids can also get in on the action?special classes for them help build motor skills and teamwork.
The nonprofit Asphalt Green keeps children, teens, and adults in shape with an array of fitness, swim, and sports activities and programs. Members enjoy full access to a 15,000-square-foot duplex fitness center lined with Precor and Technogym equipment, including treadmills and ellipticals with built-in TV screens. In the gym's weightlifting area, patrons can take a breather between reps as they gaze at picturesque views from the gym’s adjoining roof deck. Swimmers of all abilities glide through the 50-meter Olympic-sized pool, once home to Olympic bronze medalist Lia Neal and currently the home of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Those opting for fitness classes can choose from 80 different sessions weekly—from Zumba and Pilates to martial arts to swimming. The gym also offers training programs and seminars for triathletes, a variety of community outreach programs including adaptive swim for veterans, and kid-focused summer and sport camps to keep young ones from making bad decisions, such as using chewing gum to plug up holes in dams. Patrons can also take advantage of the center’s babysitting services, which are open to children ages 6 months to 6 years.
Since its original founding in the Bronx, ASL Sports has expanded its mission to encompass a huge roster of physical pursuits for individuals and groups. Activities include season-length basketball, softball, flag football, and indoor-soccer leagues for adults of varying skill levels. Additionally, ASL Sports offers fitness programs designed for casual visitors as well as athletes looking to improve upon their game. Dance-based Zumba classes and aerobic workouts elevate heart rates, while Vinyasa yoga places emphasis on breath control and postural alignment. ASL Sports even hosts boot camps that combine calisthenics with body-weight exercises, which build strength, speed, agility, and stamina over time.
As a 10-year veteran of the Israeli Defense Force, Daniel Elyashiv understands that protecting yourself and others is a difficult undertaking. He headed the counter terrorism division of his unit, and taught hundreds of fellow soldiers the most efficient and effective methods of self-defense in combat zones. At Krav Maga Crash, Elyashiv strives to teach his students those same lessons while helping them get fit.
He has developed his own twist on the fighting technique, drawing upon a blend of krav maga, judo, jiujitsu, and martial arts. His classes are centered on fending off punches, kicks, and chokes, and disarming an assailant with moves that work with the body's innate reflexes, such as the tickling someone even harder when they’ve tickled you. This allows you to defend instinctively with minimal effort, but that doesn’t mean you won’t work up a sweat during class. The high-intensity classes are also designed with shedding pounds and building chiseled muscles in mind.
When Beyonc? wanted to tone up for her "Crazy in Love" video, she turned to FocusNYC. Here, co-founders Gabriel Valencia and Joseph Masiello and their team of trainers offer an array of fitness services, including their signature PT6 class, helping patrons slim down and build lean muscles.
During a typical PT6 session, exercisers break a sweat at six exercise stations, completing everything from TRX suspension training to kettlebell exercises. To keep everyone motivated, a seasoned trainer stands by to lend support and each station is equipped with an iPad that provides the exercise's proper form.
FocusNYC?s workouts have garnered press from magazines such as Marie Claire, Fitness magazine, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, and Men's Health.