At Golden Touch Boot Camp, owner Dewayne Barrett helps clients reach their personal fitness goals using his experience as a personal trainer and as a competitor in international high-hurdling and sprinting contests. Barrett and his staff assist athletes and casual exercisers alike with personalized workout plans, weight-loss and muscle-building regimens, marathon training, and specialized classes in boxing and kickboxing. The staff also includes massage therapists trained to knead out athletes' muscular aches. An assistant cross country track and field coach for St. Johns University, Barrett boasts a number of athletic accomplishments, most recently a 2011 World Championship bronze medal for Jamaica in the 4x400m.
Some people work out in the morning, some people work out in the evening, and some people work out in the middle of the night. To accommodate the fitness schedules of all types, Bell Plaza Sports Club offers 24-hour access 7 days a week to its four-story facility that boasts a private sun deck. With all the time in the world at their disposal, exercisers can boost their endurance in the cardio training center, build muscle in the strength and toning areas, and partake in a variety of fitness classes—there are more than 35 available each week. They can also work one-on-one with a certified professional during customized personal training sessions—an ideal setting for progressing toward fitness goals such as bench-pressing their personal trainer.
There's a ritual to the boot-camp sessions that nationally certified personal trainer Mike Salvietti leads online six days a week. After spending about 10 minutes running through warm-ups to increase joint mobility, participants plow through up to 30 minutes of metabolic resistance training. Each 45- to 55-minute session wraps up with thorough stretching to minimize soreness and recovery time. The exercises work quickly, reducing body fat, toning muscles, and speeding up metabolism in as little as six sessions spread over two weeks. They're easy to jump into, too; boot-campers only need to bring running shoes, water, and a towel they can twist around their head and spin like a helicopter.
Members of Synergy Fitness Clubs thrive on choice. Choice of location? There are nine. Choice of activity? Instructors lead classes in almost any form of exercise imaginable, such as power sculpt, full-body circuits, and intense cycling. To make sure that members are making the choices that will help reach their fitness goals the fastest, the clubs are staffed with more than 100 lifestyle coaches. These pros are continually educated in their fields of specialty—which might mean nutrition counseling, yoga, or boxing.
A wide slate of equipment and amenities makes it as easy as possible to fit in workouts. Most locations are open 24 hours, and while parents lift free weights or dance a beautiful tango with a Precor elliptical, their kids can hang out in a free childcare room.
Healthy habits are forged during childhood. That's the central philosophy behind Better Kids Bootcamp, whose trainers take a three-prong approach to helping kids lose weight and stay in shape for years to come. Head trainer —a graduate of the physical education program at Queens College—and his fellow fitness experts lead one-hour workouts that incorporate fat-burning heart rates, an emphasis on coordination and motor skills, and a building of healthy habits, including making better eating choices. Just like in a science lab, there's also a not-so-secret fourth element: fun. The trainers want kids to enjoy their workout sessions, so that they look forward to each and every visit.
The expert trainers at Comprehensive Body Conditioning Studio draw on many methods to get their clients in shape. They combine tae kwon do and exercise science, yoga and body weight exercises, interval training, and mind relaxation techniques. The trainers understand that every person is different and no one routine can target the nuanced needs of each person, so they create their own routines catered to the strengths and weaknesses of the individual trainees.