At Cycle Evolution, fitness instructors lead groups during high-energy sessions aboard RealRyder indoor cycling bikes. Equipped with CoreBalance technology, RealRyder bikes tilt, turn, and lean in the same fashion as actual bikes, enabling users to ride fluidly in three dimensions. The dynamic and functional movements performed on the RealRyder bike throughout a session emphasize the activation of essential core muscles, especially, but the rest of the body receives a challenging workout, as well.
Though Body FX boasts all the amenities found in larger gyms—such as cardio machines, strength-training equipment, workout studios, and a carrot tied to a stick—its staff of certified fitness professionals is the thing that sets it apart. Trainers collectively flaunt certifications in Zumba, TRX suspension training, and speed training. The trainers meet with each client individually to develop an exercise and nutrition program that best suits his or her fitness goals. Within large, airy studios, instructors lead personal-training sessions and boot camps to sculpt silhouettes quickly, as well as aerobic classes such as Zumba, Body Sculpt, and TRX suspension training.
Climbing in the Himalayas is less than an optimal time to have a medical emergency. But in 2000, Angela Strynkowski suffered a life-threatening seizure while 17,000 feet above sea level. Surviving this ordeal gave her a newfound purpose in life, eventually inspiring her to open A Jewel in the Lotus in the hope of bringing others onto their own paths of self-discovery.
At A Jewel in the Lotus, whose name comes from a mantra she picked up during that Himalayan trip, Strynkowski carries out her mission by teaching such styles as Vinyasa and classical yoga. She also leads holistically minded events and workshops and trains aspiring yoga teachers. She even has led groups out of town to seek inner peace during yoga-focused retreats.
From a season as a professional ballplayer in Marina di Ravenna, Italy, to a position as spring-training consultant for the New York Yankees, Coach Frank Dolan has seen, trained in, and taught conditioning techniques around the globe. As his professional baseball days metamorphosed into a career in sports performance, he decided that students—kids and adults—needed access to the same techniques that professional athletes were using to hone their bodies. So, with the aid of his father, Coach Dolan opened All 4 Sports and Fitness to reach a broader audience. Now, students of all stripes come to the 3,000-square-foot Sports and Fitness Performance center to get in shape or learn the sport they love, selecting the program that best suits their needs from the multitudinous course offerings. Apart from training in football, lacrosse, and snowboarding, the Coach also teaches high-performance fitness boot camps, readily squeezed into the busy schedules of adults or used to help teenagers clarify their contentious relationship with footwear.
Gold's Gym's staff of body buffs spice up tedious workouts with an army of fitness amenities, such as cardio equipment and resistance machines, which work together to burn calories and tone muscles. For the human camaraderie necessary for great diary entrees, group fitness classes corral exercisers into sessions that deploy styles such as Pilates, spin, and Zumba. Add variety with an hour of Group Free Motion Sculpt (available at Deer Park only), which bulks strength while boosting balance and endurance, or BodyPump (available at Smithtown and Islip only), which wields weighted devices such as barbells and prized pumpkins to build lean muscle. After workouts raise internal temperatures and spark fears of spontaneous combustion, members cool off with a dip in the Islip location's pool.
Yoga instructor Gina Lee fosters deeper mind-body connections with training tapped from Dharma Mittra—a master of classical yoga lineage. She captains a team of teachers who guide students of all levels of fitness and flexibility toward serene states in such classes as Rise & Shine and Warm Flow, where students practice poses and breath control in a room heated to 85 degrees. Mindful to help clients achieve total relaxation, the team oversees little ones during classes in a peaceful play area free of violent video games and toy guns.