The patter of fists against a punching bag. The bass clang of weights in racks. Cardio and resistance machines from Matrix, Life Fitness and Hammer Strength purr in Soleil Total Fitness’s 20,000-square-foot facility as visitors work toward fitness goals. During more than 45 group exercise classes in three studios, a hush falls over yoga pupils and sweat leaps from the brows of Zumba and kickboxing participants. In the spin studio, stationary bikes help torch calories, and in a boxing and mixed-martial-arts area complete with a 20-foot boxing ring, patrons learn to fend off the punching bag stalking them in their nightmares. The gym’s team of certified personal trainers, alternatively, can tailor workouts to patrons’ fitness goals, whether they are trying to make their high school’s baseball team or the Olympics.
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, typical classes range from yoga to spin to calorie-torching Zumba dance parties. At most locations, after working out, exercisers can relax in saunas that vaporize stress with misty heat, or submit their backs to certified massage therapist. Many of the gyms cater to families, too, with colorful childcare centers that keep youngsters entertained and supervised during parental workouts.
The trainers at Limitless Athletics have one goal: improvement. That means always aiming to be better than yesterday. They achieve this lofty goal with fitness classes such as High Intensity Training, which blends elements of TRX, CrossFit, weightlifting, speedwork, and athletic regimens to create one serious megaworkout. Theirs is an eclectic schedule that also includes MMA classes, lacrosse clinics, and yoga. Many of the same programs are available for kids, too, ensuring children develop discipline and healthy habits early.
At 3d Athletics, LLC, former Pace University basketball-team captain and Empire State Games gold medalist Michael Rossetti helps students unlock hidden potential and master the finer points of their basketball games through an extensive schedule of camps and workouts. Rossetti teaches young players basketball fundamentals, including ball handling, shooting, footwork and balance using skill drills that challenge both minds and bodies. Many of 3d Athletics' alumni have put their training to good use at top colleges and professional teams in the NBA and around the world.
Brick Fit House is a place to focus. There's no loud music, and owner Keith describes the gym as "no-frills." What exercisers do find there, however, are experienced personal trainers and lots of equipment—rarely with any wait, says Keith—that beckon gym members to work independently.
Instructors at CrossFit Suffolk work to strengthen their students with kettlebell swings, dead lifts, and cardio exercises. They scale the workout load and intensity to each student’s fitness level, from elderly students to cage fighters.