The hiss and clank of weight machines from manufacturers such as Cybex and Precor blend with the whir of recumbent cycles and treadmills to form the perpetual soundtrack at each of Dolphin Fitness Clubs’ 24-hour locations. To augment individual exercise regimens, nationally certified staffers teach aerobic classes throughout the week, with offerings ranging from classic step classes to low-impact yoga and pillow-fighting lessons.
When Drita D'Avanzo, a cast member of VH1’s Mob Wives, enlisted for one-on-one training at Evolution Boxing, she was fresh off a rooftop brawl. Hoping to unleash her simmering anger, she teamed up with Anthony, a boxing instructor. "I've got to turn over a new leaf," she explained on the show, "I'm taking it from the rooftop to the ring." As she threw punches, she began to experience release—and control. Upon leaving, she concluded, "Now I don't have to hit anybody."
D'Avanzo successfully channeled her aggression into an appropriate outlet. In doing so, she proved Evolution Boxing's commitment to serving individual needs, whether through group or personal instruction. Instructors classify boxers according to experience and tailor all subsequent instruction to drive toward goals. They equip children for playground brawls with anti-bullying classes, help women defend against attackers with self-defense classes, and help everyday working professionals knock out lunch thieves with the Blue Collar program.
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.
Within BK Pilates—named for Be Kind—students of all fitness levels develop core muscles and flexibility atop a variety of machines. They can choose from up to 10 classes each day, improving posture on the CoreAlign machine, balance with orbit exercises, and strength with the reformer machine.
Izabella Steele knows what it takes to stay fit. Her passion for exercise and eating healthy even helped her represent her native British Columbia as a part of Miss Universe Canada in 2006. She started BellaVita as boutique fitness studio in the heart of Manhattan as a way to bring together her various interests in fitness, offering intense strength conditioning classes, relaxing yoga, and life and health coaching. To help others achieve their fitness goals, she has brought in a team of like-minded coaches, some with specialties in yoga and Zumba and all who share a mission of total body, mind, and soul wellness. Though the BellaVita studio is home base for all their activities, the team also offers mobile fitness classes to bring workouts to homes, offices, or the "gym" your cousin keeps in your garage.
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.