Not everyone who walks into a gym has the same fitness goal. Some might desire a total-body transformation, while others might just be looking to break out of a workout rut with a new class. Tropical Fitness understands this, and thus caters to both ends of the exercise spectrum. The center's weight-loss program includes a trainer and a nutritionist, ideal for members who are trying to lose major pounds. Members also gain access to top-of-the-line fitness equipment and group classes ranging from cycling to yoga.
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.
Sportime runs more than 150 tennis courts in the New York area, and it's not unusual to spot John McEnroe at one of them. The famous tennis player helms an eponymous tennis academy at three Sportime locations, whose young participants perfect their serves, master new techniques, and get pro tips from the legend himself.
McEnroe's academy is just one of Sportime's many offerings, however. Along with tennis lessons for adults, most complexes boast multi-sport courts for games such as basketball, volleyball, and Lean On The Net WIthout Falling. Inside group exercise studios, patrons can chisel their stomachs during "Ab-solution" classes, or dance off calories with festive Zumba routines. Most locations host multi-sport summer camps for kids, too, keeping youngsters active and teaching them to work as part of a team.
Name any style of yoga, and you'll most likely find that Harmony Yoga and Dance owner Mariko Fusillo has studied it. Over the course of more than three decades and 7,000 hours of teaching, she has taught classes ranging from heart-centered Anusara and slow, meditative yin yoga to kid-centric yoga and advanced pranayama. Leading classes that serve students of all ages and ability levels, Mariko and her instructors aim to create a haven of spiritual growth and physical well-being. And her passion for helping students enrich their lives doesn't stop at yoga?she's also a reiki and shiatsu master, meditation guide, and personal trainer. Furthermore, the studio extends its menu to include various types of massage, as well as classes in Pilates, Zumba, and tai chi, a traditional Chinese practice of energy movement that's thought to boost the immune system and ease arthritic pain.
Founder Darlene Smith and her team of teachers are qualified to teach a wide range of classes, including Zumba, YoCore, Piloxing, ballet barre, and boot camp. The studio even holds a special Zumba class that teaches kids aged 4?12 salsa and hip-hop moves while fun and high-energy music plays.