Instructors at CrossFit Suffolk work to strengthen their students with kettlebell swings, dead lifts, and cardio exercises. They scale the workout load and intensity to each student’s fitness level, from elderly students to cage fighters.
A ringleader at Venice California’s Muscle Beach, Joe Gold founded World Gym in 1976, creating what would become an iconic spot for Hollywood’s brawniest bunch, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. Today, that gym is a worldwide franchise spanning more than a dozen countries. World Gym in Ronkonkoma comes with all the perks clients have come to expect from the franchise, including a free-weight room stacked with dumbbells, barbells, and plenty of plates. Cardio addicts can head to one of several group classes, such as spotlight cycle, which utilizes stationary bikes for heart-racing, indoor exercise. After a workout, exercisers can grab a towel and a snack or re-energize with a drink from the juice bar.
At Team Extreme Health & Fitness Bootcamp, the word "misfit" doesn't carry its traditional meaning. Instead, it's an acronym that stands for "Military Inspired Sports and Functional Intense Training." Of those six words, it's nearly impossible to choose which is most important—although, intense seems to sum things up nicely. Team Extreme boot-camp-style workouts challenge every muscle in the body. Classes are efficient, packed with energy, and led by a group of motivational trainers turned drill instructors. Those instructors ride the momentum created by the facility's boot camps into various other workout regimens, including sports-specific training, self-defense classes, and even boot camps for brides-to-be.
At Brickhouse Cardio Club, an open floor space sets the stage for Zumba classes every day of the week. The floor—designed to ease joint and knee maladies—is merely one aspect of the club's comfortable and supportive atmosphere. At the club, patrons find a combination of dancing and aerobics classes that will help them with weight loss or body toning in the midst of a fun environment.
Boca Tanning Salon’s Smart Tan–certified staff brings a sun-kissed glow to skin Monday–Saturday without subjecting it to the sun's harmful rays. Instead, they spritz bodies with bronzing hues bolstered by organic ingredients. Hydrating solution further quenches skin as staff members prolong the life of tans by applying extender sprays or sticking each patron inside a human bubble. Meanwhile, red-light-rejuvenation booths suffuse skin with infrared beams to warm bodies and enliven tired muscles.
The patter of fists against a punching bag. The bass clang of weights in racks. Cardio and resistance machines from Matrix, Life Fitness and Hammer Strength purr in Soleil Total Fitness’s 20,000-square-foot facility as visitors work toward fitness goals. During more than 45 group exercise classes in three studios, a hush falls over yoga pupils and sweat leaps from the brows of Zumba and kickboxing participants. In the spin studio, stationary bikes help torch calories, and in a boxing and mixed-martial-arts area complete with a 20-foot boxing ring, patrons learn to fend off the punching bag stalking them in their nightmares. The gym’s team of certified personal trainers, alternatively, can tailor workouts to patrons’ fitness goals, whether they are trying to make their high school’s baseball team or the Olympics.