Mark Sandler and Carrie Gaynor—co-directors of Absolute Yoga & Wellness—teach yoga as an extension of the healing arts they both practice. Mark focuses on the mind, bringing his studies of yogic philosophy and psychology under Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati to the classroom. Carrie draws upon the medical know-how she garnered in her two decades as a nurse to enhance the benefits of her practice. Together, they seek to restore health to bodies through exercise and associated physical therapies, such as kinesis myofascial integration and yoga therapy.
After giving birth to her son in 2009, Jen weighed nearly 300 pounds. Enticed by Hoopnotica’s unorthodox, fun approach to cardio, Jen began teaching herself and hooped through an entire song within three weeks. After a year of hoop and an improved diet, she shed 140 pounds. Inspired by her discipline, Jen’s husband, Keith, became her first Hoopnotica student and has lost more than 100 pounds.
These days, the Hoopnotica master trainer and certified hoop dance instructor teaches more than 15 Hoopnotica classes each week. With hoops made by Keith, students in private lessons, group classes, and workshops learn basic moves such as waist hooping, hip hooping, and whoop hooping, the Victorian method of curing whooping cough by just regular hula-hooping. Once they get the hang of it, pupils begin fortifying their cores, building stamina, and burning upward of 300 calories an hour.
After class, pupils can purchase Hoopnotica products such as DVDs and travel hoops or request a custom hoop with more than 60 tape choices. Outside the classroom, Jen and Keith train and certify new Hoopnotica instructors throughout the country and continue sharing their stories through media outlets such as Today.
Following CrossFit's rigorous method, which is regularly used by military special-operations units and champion martial artists, certified trainers Gina Nicolosi and Mary Connolly strive to help clients of all ages and abilities reach their fitness goals. Their high-intensity fitness routines focus on helping clients achieve increased strength, stamina, speed, and coordination, in the hopes of creating a new class of superheroes so the world doesn’t have to endure yet another Spiderman movie. The pair leads scalable, daily changing exercise regimens that help clients boost their strength and endurance and stave off workout burnout with exercises such as weightlifting and plyometrics. One day, patrons might toss medicine balls and climb ropes, and the next day, they might do pull-ups and hang from gymnastics rings. They push their clients to focus on proper form and technique to prevent injury, and the instructors continually check their progress to ensure that everyone is advancing at a healthy pace.
Sandbags and tractors tires. They're not the likeliest pieces of exercise equipment, but the trainers at CrossFit Webster know using them requires functional motions. Also, hefting, hauling, and flipping such unconventional items is good fun. Functional movements, and fun, are the core of CrossFit. The system inspires students to perform functional movements at a high intensity while using basic equipment and their own body weight. Each daily workout consists of a wide variety of exercises that sculpt muscles throughout the entire body. Changing exercises each day also keeps workouts fresh while avoiding the boredom of repetition. CrossFit is a very adaptable program, too, allowing trainers to tailor routines to anyone's individual fitness level. To keep things fun and to fuel the fire of competition, CrossFit Webster's team even periodically organizes a sort of CrossFit Olympics called Garage Games.
Since its inception, Parisi Speed School has trained more than 150 NFL players and 5,000 scholarship-holding college athletes in its youth programs. Parisi consistently churns out all-stars with its Jump Start program, which trains youngsters at the time when their motor skills are most malleable. Outfitted with a 25-yard artificial-turf field, a four-lane track surface, and a weight room, the center hones agility, endurance, and coordination in future athletes aged 7–18. Using the center’s signature speed- and strength-training methods, supportive staffers not only infuse muscle memory with a suite of opponent-lambasting skills, they also teach them how to avoid injuries without hiring a stunt double to take tackles.
Established by the joint efforts of physical therapists and exercise experts, Village Fitness focuses on personalized care as the road to both recovery and overall health. Many of its amenities serve this dual purpose: handpicked pieces of strength equipment can boost muscle mass or rehabilitate injuries, and the LeRoy location's heated pool hosts aerobics classes alongside aquatic therapy. Other fitness classes accommodate guests of all backgrounds with Silver Sneakers senior programming, rhythmic Zumba routines, and full-body boot-camp drills. Family-oriented services such as open swim times strengthen bonds while promoting wellness, and allow entire households to paddle together without crowding the living-room fish tank.