Director Patrick Hanratty chose to study under hot-yoga master Bikram Choudhury after becoming captivated by the technique. He has since taught yoga for seven years, and derives the most happiness from witnessing his clients finding themselves surprised by the Bikram style's visible benefits. Patrick welcomes students of all experience levels to Hot Yoga Massapequa, where he cultivates an encouraging setting in which classes run seven days a week. During each session, guests transition from one Bikram pose to the next, following a specific sequence that utilizes every major muscle group. While the heat draws out toxins through sweat, the technique's therapeutic element inspires patrons to let go of stress and chronic aches sustained from sleeping in a giant pretzel mold.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
CrossFit Pace Performance’s master trainer, Leonard Pace, is ideally suited to spur his clients toward noticeable results. He applies his BA in exercise science to formulate and calibrate ever-changing daily workouts and draws on his experience as a motivational therapist to inspire his exercisers to meet their goals. He starts beginners off on the right foot with foundations classes that familiarize them with the functional movements and exercises of CrossFit, such as air squats and medicine-ball dead lifts. For those already familiar, he amps up the intensity of full-body workouts that prepare them for everything from ordinary daily activities, such as picking up the kids and heaving sacks of groceries, to more extreme activities, such as scaling mountains or running marathons while dodging rogue grocery carts.
Twisted Lotus Yoga wants everyone to enjoy the restorative power of yoga, regardless of age, experience, or even mood. That's why they offer so many different variations on the practice: both heated and non-heated classes are offered, including vinyasa and gentler yin yoga classes. In heated classes, infrared heat set at 85- to 90-degrees helps rid the body of toxins as it boosts flexibility and blood circulation. But regardless of the room temperature, the atmosphere at Twisted Lotus Yoga is always warm and welcoming, so students of all levels leave feeling inspired and refreshed.
Athletes flock to Lifefit Kickboxing's more than 10 locations, which are scattered throughout New York and New Jersey, for a seemingly oxymoronic combination: expert combat training and a sense of camaraderie. As instructors help students perfect kickboxing's core moves on the studio's punching bags, they encourage them to view their fellow classmates as teammates instead of opponents or evil henchmen. The result? A welcoming atmosphere that helps keep students motivated as they conquer the calorie-torching, full-body workouts.