Between Om Shanti Om Yoga Center’s saffron-colored walls, eight gentle-voiced instructors guide students into meditative poses. They flow through a variety of positions, each designed to open up muscles while quieting the mind. The instructors have diverse backgrounds, which include degrees in math, doctoral degrees, and 30-year competitive-running careers. To introduce new students to the practice, Om Shanti Om offers a basics package, which includes beginners-only classes twice a week. There are also discounted rates available on more-advanced classes to encourage newcomers to test the waters of 75- or 90-minute classes, which involve finding the area under the curve of your back during each pose.
A ringleader at Venice California’s Muscle Beach, Joe Gold founded World Gym in 1976, creating what would become an iconic spot for Hollywood’s brawniest bunch, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. Today, that gym is a worldwide franchise spanning more than a dozen countries. World Gym in Ronkonkoma comes with all the perks clients have come to expect from the franchise, including a free-weight room stacked with dumbbells, barbells, and plenty of plates. Cardio addicts can head to one of several group classes, such as spotlight cycle, which utilizes stationary bikes for heart-racing, indoor exercise. After a workout, exercisers can grab a towel and a snack or re-energize with a drink from the juice bar.
Most gyms have designated spaces for weight- and cardio-based workouts. East Islip Health & Fitness does those gyms one better, with yet another area committed entirely to abs. Such specialization is the norm at the gym, where equipment from Cybex, Life Fitness, and Magnum accommodates nearly any fitness goal. Group classes range from Zumba to strength-focused sessions of Pump It Up, and certified trainers are also on hand, helping clients plan workouts after a five-step evaluation process. Group-based Synrgy 360 classes meld cardiovascular, strength, power, and agility in high-intensity workouts led by nationally-certified trainers.
Embrace Yoga's team of instructors offer a series of classes aimed at transforming beginner and intermediate yogis into adroit practitioners of the bendy arts. Classes are offered in a body of styles such as Flow Yoga, which employs a steady stream of poses to build strength while shedding pounds like superfluous baby teeth. Beginners can take advantage of the soothing stretches and relaxation focus in Kripalu Hatha classes. Each session is capped at 16 students to ensure astronomical levels of student-instructor interaction, and daily availability of yoga classes requires minimal bending of inflexible schedules.
Yoga, spinning, Cardio Kick. These are just a few of the group fitness classes that promise physical change at MVP Fitness. Outside of group classes, there are always the 21,000 square feet of gym equipment to tone muscles and burn calories. There's also personal training if one-on-one attention better suits your exercise style.
Underwhelmed by half-hour circuit centers and unfriendly vibes in other health clubs, On the Go Fitness owners Jay Fields and James Remien set out to create a state-of-the-art fitness facility where people of any age or physical ability wouldn’t feel intimidated. Customers get a well-rounded workout courtesy of strength-training, cardiovascular, and flexibility-conditioning options, whereas group classes that range from cycling and Pilates to Core Barre and Butt & Gut challenge advanced athletes and beginners alike. Meanwhile, the Kids Fitness program combines fun activities with exercise routines, fighting the lethargy that comes from eating deep-fried video games after playing them.