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.
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.
At Grace Space - Yoga at RDCC, Grace Hernandez leads students through the ancient postures and breathing exercises of Hatha yoga, a style that developed in India more than 2,000 years ago. Grace’s studio is fully matted, meaning students don’t need to bring a mat to class. Along with exposing people to the benefits of yoga, Grace also wants to help her community. Once a month she leads a free class that focuses on a few postures and delves into the anatomy and benefits behind them—all she asks is that attendees bring clothing, canned goods, or monetary donations that Grace then purposes toward causes and groups.
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.
At Queens Mixed Martial Arts, instructors emphasize not just proper form but the mental benefits of the fighting arts. The team of instructors – all active competitors with more than 40 combined years of experience – aim to build self-confidence and discipline through muay thai and brazilian jiu-jitsu classes. Muay thai emphasizes knee, elbow, and ankle strikes, and Alliance brazilian jiu-jitsu classes teach that smaller opponents can take down larger opponents through superior skill and leverage, helping students develop flexibility, proper technique, cardiovascular endurance, and increased motor coordination. Children’s martial-arts classes help forge confidence and discipline, and cardio-kickboxing classes blast away calories through an unyielding assault of jabs, crosses, and roundhouse kicks.