Tai-Kai Jiu-Jitsu owner and head instructor Ken Kronenberg ensures his gym's programming is accessible to visitors of all experience levels. In more than 60 child and adult classes each week, expert coaches introduce the movements of Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, muay thai, MMA, and a range of other self-defense styles to help clients get in shape both mentally and physically. The gym facilitates these intense workouts with a professional-level heavy-bag room and spacious, padded training areas.
Tearney's Karate & Kickboxing uses martial-arts classes to sculpt black-belt leaders who demonstrate discipline, respect, and internal drive in and out of the dojo. Its classes include karate for both kids and adults, Israeli self-defense, and Thai kickboxing.
Marty Fichera, a member of the New York State Bowling Hall of Fame since 2002, polishes orbs inside Legends Pro Shop at Flamingo Bowl. Just outside the shop, a kaleidoscopic mural stretches above 40 gleaming lanes. As live DJs soundtrack cosmic bowling on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, old hands such as Fichera gaze at the swiveling lights and think back to the '70s, when all sports were cosmic. The Jungle Lounge bar dispenses Budweiser drafts as teams wait for league matches to begin. Flamingo Bowl also hosts birthday parties, presenting a keepsake bowling pin to the hosts if 10 or more guests attend.
Going to the gym can be an intimidating experience without a kindhearted gym staff and the proper support group of peers for encouragement. Go Figure Gym’s friendly fitness gurus are determined to cultivate a safe, nonjudgmental environment where women can get in shape together. Classes such as Zumba, 30-minute workout circuit training, and hula hoops promote a sense of community as participants sweat side by side, shaking their rumps to Latin music, running in place, and playing Hot Potato with blocks of concrete.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Mossa routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.