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, competition team training, yoga classes TRX suspension training, and trampoline training.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
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.
In their own words, co-founders Seven Bell and Jesse Barocas started their fitness center as "a philosophy, not a facility." They know success hinges not on their shiny Spin bikes, gold dust-stuffed punching bags, or quality free weights, but on the personal commitment, strong trainer-trainee relationships, and overall sense of community forged between their gym's walls. Along with nutritional counseling and massage therapy, the duo's Spin classes, boxing lessons, and one-on-one coaching sessions make it simple for driven, hardworking visitors to soar in the direction of their goals?all while getting to know their local fitness community better.
Rather than embrace a single fitness methodology, HIT Factory borrows from numerous approaches while emphasizing functional fitness above all. The 6,000-square-foot facility features 30 workout stations affectionally referred to as "HIT cages." Each of these stations is outfitted with kettlebells, a heavy bag, stability balls, and a TRX suspension system to help you get the most out of your workout. In addition to the cages, HIT Factory boasts two separate rooms where trainers lead classes in boxing, yoga, Zumba, and indoor cycling.
Suncycle Studios fills its boutique, three-tiered studio with a hoard of stationary bikes waiting to experience euphoric moments of unbridled spinning during one of the studio's many adrenaline-fueled cycling classes. Those looking for a combo workout can experience the faux peaks and valleys of indoor cycling juxtaposed with strength training in the 60-minute spin/kettlebells class, and former rhythmic gymnasts can show off their skills by flinging a kettlebell into the air and catching it with the palm of their foot. Attend 60-minute cardio blast to work toward a leaner physique, or mold muscle bags in the 60-minute spin/sculpt class, which incorporates free weights for a heart-racing workout. Check out the schedule for a complete list of available classes and times.