A former member of the Puerto Rican national boxing team and a certified personal trainer, Hector Morales lends his considerable experience to The Boxing Yard. There, he leads fun and exciting classes in an old-school boxing gym with the telling motto, "Bare bones, high-quality, results-oriented training." Sixty-minute cardio-boxing classes work with a heavy bag but don't involve actual sparring. Instead, students simulate three-minute rounds of boxing with one-minute intervals of shadowboxing, hitting the heavy bag, working the speed bag, and doing mitt work.
Surrounding students with an equatorial climate powered by eco-friendly heating, Radiance Bikram Yoga’s mirror-lined studio hosts classes seven days a week. Hot yoga classes—offered in 60-, 75-, and 90-minute sessions—challenge students of all skill levels with 26 seated and standing postures and two measured breathing exercises. The sweat-breaking workout systematically engages muscle groups and organs across the body, helping to tone and detoxify stressed-out chakras. Repeated practice can improve stamina and flexibility while cascading waves of heat loosen joints and form mirages of Antarctic ice shelves. Antibacterial flooring keeps soles contaminant-free, and the studio's onsite showers and changing rooms allow guests to return home feeling refreshed.
Jay Handline created Dance Trance Fitness more than 15 years ago to shape up physiques with an intense exercise regimen disguised as a dance party. The program has since spread to locations in cities as far flung as Saudi Arabia and San Diego, torching calories and causing patrons to dig back up time capsules full of sweatbands. The energetic choreographers and dancers under Jay's employ blend moves from jazz, Latin, reggae, hip-hop, and rock dance to craft heart-pumping choreography that flows seamlessly against lively cascades of drums and bright swells of brass. This marriage of music-video-style dance and traditional cardio exercise tones muscles and melts calories from students of all age and fitness levels during sessions focused specifically on street moves, ballet influences, or efficiently stomping bubblewrap. Dance Trance Fitness works with a variety of causes to host benefits and other events, and the company bolsters students’ drive to get healthy with a range of online support options.
In the 1940s, Walt Baptiste and his son Baron created a new branch of yoga—called Baptiste yoga—that combines the principles of yoga, meditation, and inner reflection. The Baptiste-yoga movement grew rapidly, and in 2005, senior Baptiste teacher Mark White introduced his community to the practice with three studios. He and a staff of 13 certified yoga instructors guide students from pose to pose while observing proper alignment and breathing technique. Studios are heated to 90 degrees to keep bodies limber and destroy any ice cream that enters the building.
Clarence L. Jorif Jr. didn't become a personal trainer just because of his passion for fitness; he wanted to make a difference in people's lives. Today, as the founder of Jorif's Functional Fitness, he enjoys watching his clients transform physically and overcome difficult mental obstacles, such as can't-do attitudes or fear of a bodybuilder showing up in every mirror. Clarence encourages clients to have fun, regardless of the rigor of their regimens. He and his team of fitness experts offer both custom personal-training sessions and boot-camp classes—packed with pushups, squats, plyometrics, and suspension training—with the goal of having a long-term impact on each client's personal health.