Light streams into the second-story windows of NYC Fitness, illuminating hardworking exercisers as they pound away on cardio machines or lift weights in the sprawling gym. Meanwhile, expert instructors lead clients of all fitness levels through a slate of classes, including spinning, Pilates, and Zumba.
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, classes at this 34,000 square foot facility include yoga, spin, and Zumba to name a few. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can retire to saunas that vaporize stress with misty heat. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles, and plenty of on-site parking is available.
Club Metro USA believes that it takes more than rows of exercise machines and a couple of dumbbells to create a desirable workout experience. At all of their Club Metro USA locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, founders Emile Farina and Mike Sullivan strive to treat their members less like anonymous gym grunters and more like guests at a stress-free vacation resort. The calorie-eliminating haven features a streamlined decor and innovative workout equipment, along with classes and programs for all skill levels, including yoga, boxing, and dancing, along with amenities such as personal trainers, tanning booths, a juice bar, and a Kids’ Club playroom for unleashed toddlers.
At DP Martial Arts Academy, master Doug Paik blends modern mixed martial arts fighting with the ancient study of traditional forms, or kata's. Students sample tae kwon do and haidong gumdo sword fighting skills with the fearsome striking skills of muay thai and krav maga. The academy's Brazilian jiu-jitsu program is helmed by Panamerican medalist Luigi Mondelli while MMA students sharpen their skills with instructors certified by the nationally recognized American Top Team.
Ken Gibson has devoted two decades of his life to mastering martial arts, and as the founder of Harlem Holistic Center, he now runs a platform that allows him to pass along his skills to the next generation and share his reviews of the Karate Kid films. He and a team of health experts lend their specific know-how to all-around wellness options available at the center, which include chiropractic services, acupuncture, massages, and child and adult fitness classes. Most kids’ classes focus on age-appropriate versions of martial-arts moves, but some foray into other disciplines such as ballet and creative dance. Meanwhile, adults don workout gear or an invisibility cloak for yoga, kickboxing, or boot camp.
The experienced staff at Open Mat Fitness trains everyone from professional athletes to beginners and kids in boxing, muay thai, wresting, and yoga. A gym that has worked with Renzo Gracie, Joe Sampieri, and John Danaher, Open Mat believes in the use of proper fighting techniques and wants to help clients train hard, get in shape, and heal well.