The trainers at Harrison Strength & Fitness don’t care if their students are dead-lifting with 500 pounds or with a broomstick. That’s because the CrossFit workout scales to all fitness levels and requires only that participants perform at their personal max. To help them do this, owner William Harris designed his no-frills gym without the distractions and hourly tea parties offered at fancy fitness clubs, reminding exercisers that their primary objective is to get healthy.
Harris, a North American Strongman competitor, certified personal trainer, and certified CrossFit coach, helms an equally credentialed staff. They lead classes designed to maximize the body’s proficiency in 10 foundations of fitness: strength, stamina, speed, flexibility, agility, accuracy, endurance, power, coordination, and balance. Though workouts vary each day, exercisers can expect to perform moves such as squats, lunges, jumps, throws, and pull-ups. Harrison Strength & Fitness also offers personal training as well as nutrition training that teaches patrons how to balance their meals with lean proteins, grains, and greens and design a dietary plan according to their individual goals.
At Healthy Fit for Women, an all-female studio, patrons team up with coaches to establish fitness- and nutrition-based programs. Supported by one-on-one feedback, group classes, and fitness equipment specifically tailored to the feminine physique, guests learn to effectively build muscle and lose fat. Their personal coaches draft meal and fitness plans based upon their food preferences and lifestyle habits to help them reach their fitness goals. The gym stocks equipment sized for the female frame, and classes such as Zumba and Spinning tone bodies with Latin-dance moves and cycling-based aerobics. For an extra boost of encouragement and a chance to gossip about the treadmills behind their backs, patrons can attend complimentary group support meetings.
Soothing music and soft lights reveal The Yoga Sanctuary as just that—a safe and peaceful place where guests can cast stress aside. The studio's nationally registered instructors weave their global teaching experience into each asana as they strive for—and teach the importance of—inner peace and tranquility. They work individually with guests of all ages and fitness levels, unlike the NFL and most quilting circles. With this inclusive approach, the instructors help clients unite mind, body, and spirit in a wide selection of classes, strengthen cores with Pilates exercises, and also teach postures for beginner, intermediate, and experienced students. To further the restorative effects of yoga, the studio also hosts yoga therapy sessions to help alleviate such health issues as back pain and insomnia.
The Yoga Sanctuary's onsite massage therapist intuitively customizes her kneads and strokes to reduce stress and fatigue. This can also improve joint flexibility so that guests may easily slip into complex postures or cast-iron wetsuits.
Retro Fitness, named one of Entrepreneur's Top New Franchises in 2011, unfurls with 13,000 square feet of vintage-styled workout space that leads visitors to physical peaks in a sunny setting marked by red and yellow fitness equipment and an encouraging team of goal-oriented personal trainers. The capacious gym's sound system blasts energetic jams from the '80s and beyond as exercisers hoist weights or watch TV shows on the 17-inch screens affixed to every cardio machine. Classic flicks such as Grease and Ferris Bueller's Day Off claim screen space in the cardio theater, where guests manufacture sweat by pedaling, jogging, and rewinding hundreds of VHS tapes. Checkerboard pathways venture toward the Retro Blends juice bar with baristas who blend made-to-order fruit smoothies using whey protein and yogurt.
White Plains YMCA strives to strengthen the minds and bodies of local youths, teach social responsibility in the community, and encourage healthful living practices to all groups it services. The charitable not-for-profit organization nurtures creativity and develops healthy bodies with sports, swim lessons, and fitness classes. It welcomes people of all ages and never turns anyone away due to economic status. The Y’s overall goal is to instill in its members pride for their communities and healthy self-images.
The staff at Pure Fit Club believe that part of improving the body is educating the mind. This is evident at their onsite school for personal trainers, but also in their trainers' willingness to discuss the nuances of fitness and wellness with their clients. Staff nutritionists help gym members create individually tailored meal plans that dovetail with clients' fitness regimens, whether the goal is to lose weight, build muscle, or train for a particular sport.
At CrossFit Port Chester, trainers lead classes that enhance cardio, stamina, strength, speed, and agility. In their gym replete with gymnastics rings, TRX ropes, barbells, and more, they put participants through an intense workout of the day, which consists of full-body, functional exercises that work all muscle groups. To ease newcomers into the method, they first train them on CrossFit’s nine movements with a three-session fundamentals course, ensuring safety while removing any intimidation factors.