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 Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Over 13 yearsin Street in Islip Hamlet. Spurred by the desire to present handcrafted items, overwhelmingly American-made, in an inspired enviornment based on the caves in Spain. As soon as you step inside the door you will realize this is not your typical South Shore frame shop, or Crafts gallery. Come and lose yourself.
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.
The pulsing waves of the Atlantic Ocean rock boards, lulling riders into a state of reverie as salt-tinged air tousles their hair. Long Island natives and former lifeguards Johana and Billy fell in love with this sun-soaked state of meditation and now share it with others through tours, lessons, and rentals at Fire Island Kite & SUP. With origins in ancient Hawaii, standup paddleboarding offers a laid-back alternative to walking on water. Visitors skim over shallows teeming with fish, keeping eyes peeled for wildlife while slipping past towns such as Robbins Rest and Fair Harbor.
Kiteboarding, on the other hand, has its roots solidly in modern times and sates the cravings of adrenaline junkies. The sport blends the speed of windsurfing, the sweeping turns of snowboarding, and the gentle spray of being on Shamu's debate team. Under the eye of a certified instructor, gusts of wind fill sails and propel kiteboarders across the waters near East Island.
At Embrace Yoga Center, the instructors focus first on helping folks find self-acceptance. Rather than forcing people into traditional molds, yogis help everyone find their comfort level. That means offering classes that range from calm meditation to intensive vinyasa, or leading holistic counseling sessions. Along with yoga classes, the center offers massage therapy and hypnotherapy that helps participants overcome everything from nicotine addiction to a deep-rooted fear of swinging watches.
Most gyms have designated spaces for weight- and cardio-based workouts. East Islip Health & Fitness does those gyms one better, with yet another area committed entirely to abs. Such specialization is the norm at the gym, where equipment from Cybex, Life Fitness, and Magnum accommodates nearly any fitness goal. Group classes range from Zumba to strength-focused sessions of Pump It Up, and certified trainers are also on hand, helping clients plan workouts after a five-step evaluation process. Group-based Synrgy 360 classes meld cardiovascular, strength, power, and agility in high-intensity workouts led by nationally-certified trainers.