Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Zumba routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Ballet Long Island, a nonprofit professional ballet company that focuses on bringing affordable ballet performances to its community, has been doing just that since 1985. The consummate dancers, many of whom have studied in the organization’s training and education programs, unleash performances throughout the year across several stages, from Disney-themed shows such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty to original numbers.
At seven area locations, New York Car Care's teams of technicians keep motorists driving safely in healthy, happy automobiles. The auto techs perform tasks big and small, from major transmission overhauls to routine maintenance jobs such as balancing tires, fixing flats, and giving chest bumps to fired-up bumpers. They also have plenty of on-the-road advice for drivers to keep machines moving smoothly year-round.
From a season as a professional ballplayer in Marina di Ravenna, Italy, to a position as spring-training consultant for the New York Yankees, Coach Frank Dolan has seen, trained in, and taught conditioning techniques around the globe. As his professional baseball days metamorphosed into a career in sports performance, he decided that students—kids and adults—needed access to the same techniques that professional athletes were using to hone their bodies. So, with the aid of his father, Coach Dolan opened All 4 Sports and Fitness to reach a broader audience. Now, students of all stripes come to the 3,000-square-foot Sports and Fitness Performance center to get in shape or learn the sport they love, selecting the program that best suits their needs from the multitudinous course offerings. Apart from training in football, lacrosse, and snowboarding, the Coach also teaches high-performance fitness boot camps, readily squeezed into the busy schedules of adults or used to help teenagers clarify their contentious relationship with footwear.
Climbing in the Himalayas is less than an optimal time to have a medical emergency. But in 2000, Angela Strynkowski suffered a life-threatening seizure while 17,000 feet above sea level. Surviving this ordeal gave her a newfound purpose in life, eventually inspiring her to open A Jewel in the Lotus in the hope of bringing others onto their own paths of self-discovery.
At A Jewel in the Lotus, whose name comes from a mantra she picked up during that Himalayan trip, Strynkowski carries out her mission by teaching such styles as Vinyasa and classical yoga. She also leads holistically minded events and workshops and trains aspiring yoga teachers. She even has led groups out of town to seek inner peace during yoga-focused retreats.
In Long Island Ballroom Dance Centers' hardwood floored ballrooms, decorated with Big Band–era treasures, students prep for social or competitive dance situations from bat mitzvahs to weddings to tournaments. The team of instructors teaches more than 20 dance styles in all, from the slow waltz and rumba to faster-paced salsa and swing moves, in classes that require no previous dance experience.