Fitness has been Strata Health Club owner Michael Wohltmann’s passion since he was a teenager. As a high-school football player, Goju USA karate student, and protégé to renowned Olympic strength coach Charles Poliquin, Wohltmann has gradually blossomed into a well-rounded, extensively certified instructor for others pursuing strength and fitness goals.
At Strata Health Club, he and his team of internationally certified trainers help clients build better bodies through one-on-one personal training and group fitness classes. When they're not teaching MMA-conditioning or spin classes, the personal trainers are helping teenage and adult fitness seekers tone up, stretch, and sweat with Strata's state-of-the-art Black Iron Strength dumbbells, satellite-TV-equipped Woodway treadmills, and TRX Suspension Trainers.
Strata's trainers further help clients overhaul unhealthy habits through nutrition consulting, the BioSignature body-fat-testing method, and an onsite inventory of nutritional supplements. A massage therapist is also on hand to knead away postworkout soreness and recurring dreams of being pursued by rolling barbells.
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.
Although New York Fit Body Boot Camp was founded by award-winning bodybuilder Butch Nieves, its workouts focus less on bulking up than on slimming down. Featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, the workout regimen melts fat efficiently with a blend of four fitness essentials?cardio, resistance training, body-weight core training, and ab workouts. Exercisers build toned muscle during the fast-paced sessions, ramping up metabolism in an indoor studio outfitted with foam flooring that cushions joints. Certified personal trainers lead each class, motivating clients with supportive words, rather than by barking military-style orders or threatening to replace water bottles with steaming teapots.
For CrossFit-certified trainers Bobby and Megan Vizzari, a good day can mean the difference between one and two seconds on a client's workout time. That's because, rather than focusing on gym or world records, they encourage students to do their personal best during that day's workout. Their routines adjust to suit any fitness level, incorporating weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio drills that challenge the entire body. However, even as they stress the importance of pushing your limits, they prioritize camaraderie and community support?no class ends before the final person completes his or her set amid cheers and applause.
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.
At Healthy Fit for Women, an all-female studio. 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. Other available private and small-group classes include Barre Fusion and Core Sculpt, with more than 95 group fitness classes every week. For an extra boost of encouragement and a chance to gossip about the treadmills behind their backs.