World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its various globe-spanning locations, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes. Taught by certified trainers, typical classes range from yoga to spin to calorie-torching Zumba dance parties. At most locations, after working out, exercisers can relax in saunas that vaporize stress with misty heat, or submit their backs to certified massage therapist. Many of the gyms cater to families, too, with colorful childcare centers that keep youngsters entertained and supervised during parental workouts.
The five studios at Michelle Ferraro's Dance USA host more than a dozen different classes, including ballet, hip-hop, tap, barre exercise, and jazz. Students as young as 2 twirl, jump, and leap across specially designed floors that help prevent injuries. Yearly recitals and hourly dance-offs in the parking lot enable students to show off their skills to the masses.
The patter of fists against a punching bag. The bass clang of weights in racks. Cardio and resistance machines from Matrix, Life Fitness and Hammer Strength purr in Soleil Total Fitness’s 20,000-square-foot facility as visitors work toward fitness goals. During more than 45 group exercise classes in three studios, a hush falls over yoga pupils and sweat leaps from the brows of Zumba and kickboxing participants. In the spin studio, stationary bikes help torch calories, and in a boxing and mixed-martial-arts area complete with a 20-foot boxing ring, patrons learn to fend off the punching bag stalking them in their nightmares. The gym’s team of certified personal trainers, alternatively, can tailor workouts to patrons’ fitness goals, whether they are trying to make their high school’s baseball team or the Olympics.
With more than 40 years’ teaching experience, VMA Kempo Jiu Jitsu’s certified instructors impart self-defense skills, confidence, and discipline in a range of martial-arts and fitness classes. In coed, women’s-only, and children's classes, students kick, strike, and grapple as they hone techniques drawn from kenpo, brazilian jujitsu, mixed martial arts, and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. In women’s-only cardio-kickboxing classes, students boost endurance, flexibility, and strength as pounds melt away.
Victory Martial Arts' MMA style blends six self-defense methods into one potent cocktail. Its constituent elements range from kenpo, which focuses on high-speed striking, to muay thai kickboxing, often dubbed "the art of eight limbs" because of its scrappy use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, and feet. There are swirls of Western boxing and wrestling-style floor grappling, too. To complement MMA sessions, the studio hosts single-style classes on kenpo and Brazilian jujitsu?and a sequence designed especially for kids and teens.
At Kickboxing Selden, it only takes 45 or 60 minutes to start writing a new chapter. That is, one where fitness is a priority. Students punch and kick their way to stronger, leaner frames in bootcamp classes held once or twice every day. On Friday and Saturday mornings, the studio also offers Body Sculpt classes.