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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.
Located at the borderline of Queens and Nassau in Long Island, RhythmZ Studio Dance & Fitness believes that when clients are having fun, they're motivated to keep up their fitness routines. At this vibrantly painted, Zumba-oriented fitness studio, classes are designed to feel more like dance parties than workouts. Students can take Zumba, Zumba Toning, and Zumba Sentao—which pair Latin beats with cardio and muscle-sculpting movements—as well as total-body-conditioning and salsa classes.
Twin Park Fitness Center helps members achieve harmony and balance with a full gym, personal training, and more than 45 classes. The gym floor brims with free weights, strength-training equipment, and cardio machines from brands such as Cybex. Trainers also lead an expansive list of classes, including yoga, Zumba, boot camp, core strength, and kickboxing. After a heavy workout, members can unwind in the sauna or replenish their bods at the onsite juice bar.
The massage therapists and aestheticians at Body Works Day Spa nurture the body and mind with a full menu of soothing services. Skincare treatments cleanse and rejuvenate pores, and all-natural spray tans imbue hides with a sun-kissed glow without exposure to damaging UV rays. Waxing sessions remove unwanted hair from virtually anywhere for a few weeks, and laser hair-removal treatments yield longer-lasting results. In the privacy of a special room, couples massages allow pairs to lie side by side as therapists knead away their tension, knots, and his-and-hers charlie horses.
Sweat glistens across every brow at the Motion On Oceanside private training studio as instructors lead high-energy fitness classes. The high-intensity movements of cardio-centric Zumba and boot-camp sessions counterbalance the flowing, steady movements of yoga and tai chi classes, designed to build balance and flexibility.
Unlike studios that employ child-sniffing dogs to make sure no kids sneak in, Motion On Oceanside welcomes youngsters, helping them to stay fit and busy with a complimentary babysitting program and a variety of after-school and summer programs. Additionally, the staff opens its studio for private Zumba dance parties for kids and teenagers, supplying refreshments so that the only thing parents need to bring is the cake and a piñata to keep it in.