After stints at Bally Total Fitness and Gold’s Gym, trainer John Nittolo founded his own exercise emporium, The Edge Fitness, almost a decade ago. Its fitness programs range from boot-camp classes held on the beach to workout sessions held at John's appointment-only training studio and are tailored like a six-and-a-half-fingered glove to suit participants’ unique skill levels. Self-defense instruction is also available for both men and women and the staff complements workout courses with wellness and nutrition education.
The instructors at The Training Pit CrossFit share a simple, yet somewhat radical belief. They believe that someone working out for the first time should learn and participate in the same drills that help Olympic athletes get into shape. The only distinction worth considering is the degree of intensity.
Following this logic, they have designed a roster of CrossFit workouts that can accommodate participants at all levels of fitness. Such workouts help groups build camaraderie by stressing shared goals rather than competition. An average class might involve any number of workout activities, from weightlifting and gymnastics to sprinting and car throwing.
Cristiane Barbosa Timoteo, the founder of High Energy Physiotraining’s Physiotraining Fitness and Martial Arts World Center, helps athletes of all ages and fitness levels rehabilitate their muscles while motivating them to whip into shape through physiotraining. Blending a specific combination of physical-therapy techniques with muscle training, Cristiane works to ease patrons' chronic lingering pain while simultaneously toning and strengthening their muscles. A certified personal trainer guides each patron through resistance training with free weights and machines, inciting muscles to develop rapidly to repair damage and increase performance. Building strength in numbers, Cristiane’s partner Giulio Timoteo leads group Brazilian-jiujitsu classes that educate students in the dynamic combat technique, while toning their bodies and fostering a community of disciplined fighters.
From a raised platform, an energetic dancer calls out moves as he shimmies and shakes in time to the music that blares from surround-sound stereos. Lights strobe and flicker across the large studio, and guests follow along to the instructor’s dance moves—welcome to Powerumba dance fitness. In addition to Powerumba, the instructors also lead a variety of other classes including kickboxing, Pilates, and boot camps.
Crave Fitness's founder, Yaniv Rosenberg, applies a lifelong enthusiasm for fitness and martial arts to boot camp, Krav maga, kickboxing, and jiujitsu classes for all ages and ability levels. During boot-camp classes based on training regimens from the U.S. military and Israeli Defense Force, experienced instructors wring every ounce of effort from students of all skill levels, fueling the all-out workouts with words of encouragement and regular trips through a rift in the time-space continuum to get glimpses of their svelte future selves. Sessions change on a daily basis to test muscles with a combination of cardiovascular exercises, abdominal work, agility drills, obstacle-course challenges, and blindfolded Sudoku puzzles.
At MimsFit, certified personal trainer Chris Mims nudges exercisers toward their fitness goals during boot-camp classes and personal-training sessions. Whether his clients want to lose weight, build strength, or run through the grocery without being caught by the store manager, Mims’s full-body workouts include body-weight, kettlebell, rope, tire, and sledgehammer exercises. To fortify newly formed muscles, Mims also sheds light on what to eat during nutritional-counseling sit-downs.