In 1931, aviation legends such as Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart traversed the hallowed halls of Floyd Bennett Field, New York City's first municipal airport. Today, the same site harbors Aviator Sports and Events Center, which accommodates recreation in all of its forms, equipped with 20,000 square foot indoor field house, which includes newly resurfaced hardwood courts and new turf field, two outdoor synthetic-turf fields, and an outdoor space for events that can seat up to 4,000 people?the same number of people it takes to crack open a life-size Big Bird pi?ata. Twin NHL-regulation rinks host open-skate sessions, a majority of which are held on Rink B, every day of the week, with skates as late as 11 p.m. on weekends. Inside the center is a brand new CrossFit gym, which offers workout classes Monday through Saturday. Only youngsters enjoy summer or after-school camps, but adults and kids alike can take advantage of a roster of sports and leagues, including flag football and rock climbing, ideal for those looking to shorten morning commutes by cutting through the quarry.
"My dad told me, 'Mijo, no matter what the sport, the best athletes are always in tremendous shape!'" Ren? Armijo says on his website when describing how he came to concentrate on fitness. The boxer would always remember these words, forever seeking out superior health and fitness practices as he worked toward building his fighting career. At Fighter Physique, Ren? combines his experience in the ring with his passion for fitness, joining a team of fellow fighters and exercise aficionados to lead students toward diamond-chiseled physiques.
At the brightly lit studio, a forest of red punching bags abounds with instructors guiding all skill levels through proper boxing and kickboxing techniques, infusing workouts with high-intensity calisthenics and aerobic exercises. The staff opens all of their classes to kids as well, encouraging youngsters to leave behind sedentary lives of playing video games and reading their mothers' diaries in order to build the foundations of invaluable lifelong fitness skills.
At School of American Kenpo, third-degree black belt Ron Hickey calls on 15 years of martial-arts training to instill each student with not only strength and technique, but also character, confidence, and inner peace in every class he leads. Though the roots of traditional American Kenpo run deep in the studio, Hickey encourages his students to blaze their own trails in their development in the martial art. From four-year-old fighters just starting out to older athletes with hopes of achieving a black belt, School of American Kenpo seeks to help every student achieve their personal, fitness, and self-defense goals.
Kung Fu San Soo?s instructors believe that a fight that last five seconds is four seconds too long. They teach students?both kids and adults?how to handle themselves against real-world aggressors, from muggers to a mime that won't stop copying everything they do. Classes also help students gather confidence and skills to peacefully temper encounters before anything gets out of hand. Alternatively, fitness-focused Gracie Jiu-Jitsu classes teach grappling, striking, and throwing techniques to overcome any opponent while getting a great workout.
Within a stimulating and positive environment, UFC Gym members learn boxing, kickboxing and MMA while burning calories, toning up, and building cardio. With unlimited access to the gym and co-ed group classes, all ages and fitness levels are treated to UFC Gym's devotion to providing members with immediate results.
Go Gym's enthusiastic instructors motivate clients toward trimmer physiques with fast-paced cardio-kickboxing classes held three times a week. Visitors circle both hanging bags and standing targets as they launch jabs with fists and feet, often aiming for numbered circles that represent the vital organs on a sack of potatoes. Calisthenics such as pushups and jumping jacks pepper routines with high-energy exercises to keep heart rates trucking. As punches fly, supportive words from coaches inspire guests to exile unwanted weight in pursuit of sleek frames and the newfound strength to be able to dropkick a bowling ball. Click here for a class schedule.